MiraCosta has delivered activities and used approaches that help all students and practitioners actively understand and experience the six success factors. Examples include:
Student Leader Survey:
Administered online by the Student Services Council to student leaders (e.g., members of the Associated Student Government, student ambassadors, peer advisors); solicited input on what students want to know as they start college and what contributes to first semester success; used to inform workshops delivered during Welcome Days (see below).
Designed to connect participants to campus one week prior to start of classes and provide them with student-driven information about how to succeed at MiraCosta; have included (1) a series of workshops focused on finding a dream, funding that dream with financial aid and scholarships, and making a plan for that dream with a counselor; (2) informal discussion session with student leaders; (3) formal visit with a counselor; and (4) a campus tour; widely advertised through targeted emails, flyers and bookmarks distributed in the counseling office, a welcome table in the main student services quad, and proactive recruitment by student ambassadors and volunteers at key places on campus.
Provision of counseling services, including educational planning support, to students waiting in line at different campus offices (e.g., financial aid, admissions); counselors have used tablet devices to offer advising and address academic and career questions that arise while students tap other services — providing both holistic support to learners and raising the visibility and accessibility of the counseling department.
Success Factors Olympics:
Gathered staff from across the Student Services Division at the end of the spring 2015 semester to celebrate and experience the success factors; included activities promoting each factor (e.g., three-legged race for “connected,” department talent show for “valued,” blind-folded obstacle course for “directed”); staff requested the division repeat the event.
For more information on the above activities, contact Alketa Wojcik, MiraCosta College, Vice President, Student Services.
Success Factors Videos:
Designed by a volunteer workgroup of the Student Services Division to raise awareness of the success factor framework among MiraCosta students and educators alike; feature students, faculty, staff, and alumni in short 30 to 60 second clips talking about the experience with the factors; disseminated on the college’s student success website and shared within the division. For more information on the Success Factor’s Videos, contact Jonathan Gomez, MiraCosta College Outreach Coordinator.
Success Factors Banners:
Hanging on light poles across campus, provide a public reminder of MiraCosta’s commitment to student achievement and to “living” the success factors daily on campus; each features a student, faculty, staff, or administrator representing the diversity of MiraCosta, holding a small hand-written sign reinforcing a specific factor.
For more information about Student Support (Re)defined, contact Dr. Darla Cooper.