Students, how can we support your success?

Posted by Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. on 10.29.10 in Students

You have just survived midterms, and thoughts of your college success have probably been front and center lately. Did you ace your tests, and are you feeling proud that the hours of studying you invested paid off? Did you not do so well, and are you having second thoughts about some of the choices you made? So I ask, how can we support your success?

I want to make it clear that I have high expectations. My administration and staff know that I have high expectations. I have high expectations of you, because I know that you and your families have high expectations of Becker College. When I attended Morehouse College, it was drilled into us from day one until graduation: “You will make a difference.” And I have been fortunate to have mentors that have supported me in that mission. This is something I want to share with Becker College students. You face a future of change unlike any other generation, and we intend for you to leave Becker as highly educated, responsible citizens, prepared to contribute to a global society.

Grades play a significant part in having a successful college experience, but they are only the most obvious part. Your choices directly reflect how successful you will be in college. If your roommate, or another student on your floor, is being too loud, affecting your ability to concentrate while studying, you have choices: a) ask them to be quiet, b) move to a quieter location, or c) consider where and when are the best places and times for you to study, and plan accordingly.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, whether it is by an uncooperative housemate, homework, class load or other issues that affect your success at Becker College, I urge you to ask for help. How can we support your success?

There are many places to turn to for help: RAs and residence life staff for resident students; student affairs staff for all students; advisors, professors and the Collaborative Learning Center for academic help; student administrative services to help navigate your accounts; counseling and health services to help support your emotional and physical success; and campus safety staff to protect you and inform you about how to protect yourselves and each other.

You must make the choice to participate in your own success. We are here to support your success and help you discover positive choices. I believe the best ideas come from you, so tell me, how can we support your success?


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4 Responses to Students, how can we support your success?

  1. Pat Bellew says:

    One idea that we had (my MIS 3800 class) was that the school could add computers to the library in Worcester. We had the idea that either laptops or desktops could be put into the cubicles. That would give students a chance to not only have access to the network, but also have some privacy and quiet to get actual work done (not just Facebook).

    Our class also feels that another printer should be available for student use.

  2. I am recieving help from the CLC building in Worcester and every time you go into the building, you are supposed to sign your name and put the date on a paper, which is placed on the reception desk. I have asked why we are doing this, and was told, it was so that we can keep track of who and at what time students are coming into the CLC center for help with their classes. Every time I go to recieve help, which is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I have noticed that I am sometimes the only one signing in because I was the only one who signed in two days before. If you need this information and want to use it to improve your services, I suggest that you put up a scanner so that the students can slide their ID badge instead of the paperwork which is evidently not working. I know this because I look around and see students using this facility a lot and it is not being recorded to improve the services which are being offered. Both CLC in Worcester and Leicester need to be upgraded. The computers in both buildings are behind the times, and there are not enough of them for the students in there to use. In Worcester there are only 3 computers to use with 1 being unable to work, and they are very much outdated, and running on #6 software instead of #8 which is what all the others in other buildings are running on. In Leicester there are 4 computers to use with teaching and only 2 are working with the same problem. I keep getting kicked off by the computer. It keeps kicking me out of angle and turning my web site off. I then have to restart all over again; this is very frustrating when you are trying to learn something and the teacher is trying to teach you about it. Also the computers in Leicester, of the 2 that are working, are also using #6 software instead of #8. The other 2 computers which are down, the first one does not work because it keeps shutting down every 5 minutes, and the second one only has a computer monitor. I have called the IT people and have reported this problem on 10/28/2010 and nothing has been done about this problem. I have used the computer in Leicester on Tuesday 11/2/2010 and the problems are still there. Please help our teachers teach us with newer computers which work, so we can learn what they are trying to teach us, and not have to deal with all the frustration with computers that do not work. Finally, both centers could use a computer work station and chairs; what is there now is not usable, especially in Worcester, it is very cramped with no space; you are litterly on top of the next student.

    Thank you for taking the time to read through my suggestions and my frustrations. Please fix the problems and help us to be able to learn in a more comfortable setting.

    • Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. says:

      Katherine, Improving the level of support services provided to students is one of my goals. I am currently working on establishing standards for all of our facilities, which includes the CLC and our computer labs. The staff will be working towards improving our computing capabilities and increasing the number of computers we have available in our labs. Your suggestion to have students swipe their ID as they enter the CLC is an excellent one and we will look into how we can potentially implement this idea.

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