Here are some ways to apply what you've learned ...

Professional Development
  • Discover how student orientation is handled on your campus.  Get a copy of  the student handbook.  Are you surprised at the breadth of services which are available to your students?
  • Discover how tutorial services works on your campus.   Are there services which target your student population. What are the hours of operation?  Include this information on your syllabus.
  • Visit the counseling services area on your campus.  Identify programs which may be available to special student populations.
  • Visit the Financial Aid office on your campus.  What other services are available through the office.  For example, does the office handle student scholarships, emergency loans, etc?

In the Classroom
  • Invite a representative from a student service, which targets your student population, to make a brief presentation to your class.  For example, if you teach in the vocational areas, there may be a counselor specifically identified to serve the needs of your students.
  • Schedule a library orientation for your class.  Both you and your students will be surprised at the number of resources which are available to them and which specifically target their course topics.

Building Campus Community
  • Identify student organizations which target your student population.  For example, if you are in the Business Department, there is probably an active business club on your campus.  Consider inviting members to present their club to your class.  This is a great way to encourage students to participate in college life.