We are nearing the end of the first semester, or quarter semester, and you may be wondering…. Have your students received the resources they needed and wanted during their first semester? How can you ensure that they have been made aware of the tools they need to be successful during their freshman year and beyond?
Track changes in first-year student motivations and attitudes
Assessing freshman students early in their first term allows for proactive interventions, but first-year students can also undergo significant changes in attitudes, outlook, and motivations during that first term. A mid-year follow-up assessment allows for future planning of outreach and focused activities at the end of the first term and into the spring period.
By assessing students at the mid-year, you can identify the areas where students say they need assistance and specific resources that they want to learn more about—such as getting involved on campus, assistance with writing, and getting connected to a tutor. You can also determine students’ plans to transfer at the mid-year and perhaps take steps to retain them.