A New Academic Year… A New Blueprints for Student Success!

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A new academic year brings new challenges in communicating the programs and initiatives that Student Affairs/Services organize on campus! With a new batch of students excited to learn, we need to jump on this opportunity!

New Features

Keeping this in mind, the Supporting Student Success research team has updated the Blueprints for Student Success website (www.blueprintsforstudentsuccess.com) to feature a host of new involvement opportunities and student experience videos. Check out the site and click on the ‘Getting Involved’ and ‘Experience Videos’ pages.

Highlighted initiatives include:

  • Algonquin College’s AC Hub
  • Conestoga College’s Connect!
  • Memorial University’s Make Midterm Matter
  • Ryerson University’s #RoadtoRyerson and Emotion-Focused Therapy Group
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Peer Mentors
  • University of Guelph-Humber’s Kick Start
  • University of Toronto Scarborough’s Get Started
  • York University’s YU Start

In addition, in the lower left-hand corner of the home page we are featuring a cheat sheet to postsecondary lingo for students. Thompson Rivers University has created an exceptional glossary that answers all those burning questions your students have but may not wish to ask… What is an Academic Advisor? What is a Dean in charge of? What is the difference between a bursary and scholarship? How many weeks are in a semester?

A Guide to this Resource

If you are visiting this resource for the first time, the purpose of the Blueprints for Student Success website is to introduce students to the area on campus called Student Affairs, Student Services, Student Life, or Campus Life. Whatever it’s called, this group of people, programs and services assist students in registering for classes, starting a club, working on a difficult class assignment, talking about a stressful situation or consulting a doctor, and much more. Many angles are needed to create any blueprint and this is particularly true in drafting a blueprint for success in college and university.

We believe that students’ blueprints include their interactions and relationships with college and university staff, advisors, counsellors, faculty and peers; and the people they get to know through study groups, learning skills workshops/programs, co-ops and internships, leadership opportunities, peer helper programs, employment on campus, living in residence, student government, clubs and sports. Accordingly, our website is comprised of five component parts that when utilized together aid students in creating their very own blueprint:

  • Introduction to Student Services
  • Interactive Student Service Guide
  • Involvement Opportunities Posting Board – cool opportunities to engage on campus
  • Frequently Asked Questions Slideshows – advice and answers from current college and university students
  • Experience Videos – learn from those involved in these awesome programs

As always, we encourage you and your students to check it out! Sharing this resource widely will ensure current students and those preparing for college and university learn about the service areas designed to support their success. In addition, please download our advertisement card and brochure for dissemination and advising purposes.

For more information about the Blueprints for Student Success website, please contact:

Tricia Seifert
Primary Investigator, Supporting Student Success Research Project
Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Ontario Institute of Studies for Education
University of Toronto
Email: tricia.seifert@utoronto.ca
Research Blog: www://supportingstudentsuccess.wordpress.com
Twitter: @CdnStdntSuccess
Facebook: Supporting Student Success

Christine Helen Arnold
Youth Outreach Coordinator, Supporting Student Success Research Project
Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Ontario Institute of Studies for Education
University of Toronto
Email: c.arnold@utoronto.ca

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