It's a familiar sight on many college campuses, especially at the beginning of a new term…the classic Involvement Fair. It may be called by different names on different campuses, but it is essentially the same wherever you see it. A collection of tables and displays are arrayed in a large open space where interested parties can walk up and learn the details of a myriad of different opportunities. For those of us who are driven by a passion for helping students connect and engage with our institutions, there are few experiences that give us such a close and personal view of student involvement. Before our very eyes, we watch new relationships form and new interests develop. Maybe the reason we all do some version of an involvement fair is because it always seems to work. Perhaps it is that it works so well that we so often fail to ask a very important question, "Does it work for everyone?".
Clearly programs like an involvement fair are designed for extroverts; people who aren't hesitant to break the ice with someone they don't know. Perhaps it is our own personality types that lead us to design programs of this sort. Perhaps it is the lack of viable alternatives. Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas has created a concept called Peer Involvement Advising that may provide just such an alternative.
The Involvement Center and Peer Involvement Advising Program at Stephen F. Austin State University provides a unique model for deeply engaging both outgoing and introverted students and providing them with a means to prime future learning through their experiences. By connecting highly trained and deeply involved students with their peers seeking opportunities to engage with the university, this program has demonstrated its impact on the engagement, persistence and success of both the advisors and students.
In this webinar expert Dr. Adam Peck will talk about the best practices for increasing student involvement and retention through low-cost peer advising programs.
Who should attend
Dr. Adam Peck
Dr. Adam Peck serves as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University. Additionally, he is a consultant/trainer who specializing in making assessment relatable to staff with a wide variety of backgrounds. ... More info