Support the Whole Student
There are many moving parts to supporting all kinds of students. It is necessary for individual faculty and staff as well as whole departments to keep some important key issues in mind as they envision how to move their students successfully through the program all the way to graduation. What does it mean to
Support the Whole Student? »
Following the three part construction of Jolly et al. (2004), supporting the whole student involves building a sense of community for the students in the program, developing students' inner drive and motivation to succeed, and providing students with the necessary academic support for them to be successful.
Institutions of higher education need to concern themselves not only with supporting the students that are already on their campuses, but also in strengthening the pipeline that brings students into STEM disciplines.
Departments that attend to the whole student often have a number of characteristics in common. Such things as having strong mentoring and advising, student research programs, and assessment of impact with data can underpin the work of Community, Motivation, and Academic Support.