Student Affairs

Five Simple Strategies for Increasing Involvement on Campus

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Adam Peck
Price: $98.00

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Involvement on campus has many benefits to both the student and the institution. Involvement has been linked to increased persistence, development of transferable skills that can be useful in their careers, developing higher order thinking skills and overall satisfaction with the college experience. Yet, many institutions do not consider the percentage of students participating in cocurricular experiences to be an essential measurement of their success.  Many also fail to consider the impact of these programs or what populations of their students are not benefiting from these experiences to the extent they should. 

Encouraging students to become involved in cocurricular experiences deserves to be among the most important institutional priorities. This webinar will discuss some innovative, yet well-tested strategies for improving the percentage of students on campus who are participating in cocurricular experiences. Guidance for leading an institution-wide effort to improve involvement will also be discussed.

Brief outline: 

  1. Welcome/Introduction
  2. Know your numbers: What is your involvement percentage?
  3. Five Strategies for increasing involvement:
    1. Engaging Introverts
    2. Increase Capacity
    3. Improve Involvement Persistence
    4. Engage Parents
    5. Demonstrate Impact
  4. Question and Answer
  5. Conclusion

Learning outcomes: 

  • Participants will be able to identify innovative approaches to engage students and apply what they learn to their campuses.
  • Participants will learn about how creating sponsored student organizations can increase the capacity for involvement.
  • Participants will learn strategies for engaging parents in encouraging involvement in their students.
  • Participants will learn how creating a peer involvement advising program can help increase involvement.
  • Participants will learn about how to assess the impact of involvement on students and how to leverage what they learn to encourage increased involvement.

Who should attend:  What groups of student affairs professionals are you targeting?

  • Student Activities Professionals
  • Student Organization Professionals
  • Chief Student Affairs Officers
  • Student Organization Advisers

Presenter biography:

Dr. Adam Peck has served as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas since 2008 and has been a student affairs practitioner for more than 20 years. He is the author of more than twenty scholarly articles, five book chapters and has presented more than 100 national and international webinars. He served as editor and co-author of the forthcoming book, “Engagement & Employability: Integrating Career Learning Through Cocurricular Experiences in Postsecondary Education” (NASPA Press, March 2017). 

Dr. Peck is a frequent presenter at national conferences and speaks regularly at colleges and universities around the country about topics as varied as infusing High-Impact Experiences into the co-curriculum, co-curricular mapping, critical thinking, creativity, school spirit and assessment of student learning. He has held numerous leadership positions in professional associations. He currently serves as State Director of Texas for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and as Past President for the Texas Association of College Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA). He has previously served as Chair of the Texas Deans of Students Association.

Prior to serving in his current role, Dr. Peck served as Director of Student Life at Saint Louis University, Senior Student Affairs Administrator for the Texas Union at The University of Texas at Austin and as Director of Student Activities at McKendree College (now McKendree University). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Lewis University, a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

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