Faculty interactions with students can have the most impact on student retention.
What can faculty members do?
Connect with students:
- Conduct individual, in-person meetings with each student at some point in the semester.
- Ask students to pick up quizzes, tests, or assignments from your office instead of in class. This creates a chance to speak with students one-on-one and informally.
- Contact students if they miss class and see if you can help them get back on track.
- Talk with students about their planned career path and offer information about your career path.
Help students succeed:
- Provide meaningful feedback to students.
- Make certain students know about help that is available for your course and for studying in general. (Tutoring Center, Open Labs, Study Zones, etc).
- Get to know campus resources both for extracurricular opportunities and for needed referrals.
- Seek feedback from your students.
Identify students in trouble and reach out to them:
- Reach out to students who are doing poorly.
- Contact Academic Success or Counseling for advice or assistance.
Encourage and acknowledge successful students:
- Add to student ideas instead of dismissing them out of hand.
- Give respectful answers to all questions and provide positive reinforcement whenever possible.
- Make time for students and let them know you care about their success.
Source: Tanya Woltmann, Dean of Library, Testing, and Academic Success