Research suggests that many students are entering college environments lacking skill sets that are predictive of college persistence and success. In addition, today’s students often have misleading perceptions regarding their abilities and the effort required to succeed in college. There are those who feel they lack the ‘natural’ acumen to do well in a course, and others who believe they have innate ability that transcends the need to study. When these students encounter academic difficulties, many feel lost and lack the skills needed to manage these difficulties and “bounce back.”
How do these attitudes impact students’ lives and chances of academic success, and how can they be changed? This webinar will explore how advisors can help these students to cope, navigate, and thrive.
Our presenters, whose 2015 NACADA Annual Conference presentations on this topic drew high attendance and received outstanding participant evaluations, will discuss:
- the idea of mindsets, as defined in the research by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, which provides increased understanding of how an individual can be successful, regardless of their natural skillset.
- the concept of “right to fail,” how it is relevant to student success, and how it can be applicable in a wide variety of institutional settings.
- how advisors can help students define (and sometimes redefine) their notions of “success.”
- practical application intervention strategies that can increase student motivation, encourage exploration of major and career options, support students experiencing academic difficulties, and encourage academic engagement and re-engagement.
Comfort Sumida, Academic Advisor, Career and Advising Center, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
At UH Hilo, Comfort Sumida works with a diverse population of undergraduate students, helping them navigate the challenges of higher education through registration assistance, academic planning, and support. Comfort has presented at several regional and annual NACADA conferences. Most recently, she presented Is your mind set? How Mindset Affects Success at the 2015 NACADA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to over 200 enthusiastic attendees who described her as "knowledgeable, informative, funny, and relatable."
Vanessa Correa, Retention Advisor, Northern Virginia Community College
Vanessa Correa has dedicated her career to ensuring that students from under-served communities have access to and are successful in college. She currently serves as a Retention Advisor with the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). She advises first generation and immigrant students on such issues as registration, career planning, and successfully transitioning to a four-year university. In addition to her work as an Advisor, Vanessa also serves as an Adjunct Professor with the Administration of Justice program at NOVA. She has presented at several regional and annual NACADA conferences. Vanessa previously worked at Georgetown and Cornell, serving similar student populations. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Cornell University and her Master of Science degree from American University.
Noelle Moreland, Academic Advisor, Northern Virginia Community College
Noelle Moreland has worked with at-risk, low income youth in Phoenix, AZ through Workforce Development. She currently is an academic advisor with Pathway to the Baccalaureate at Northern Virginia Community College, holistically working with potential at-risk and first generation students. Noelle has presented at several regional and annual NACADA conferences. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
At the 2015 NACADA conference in Las Vegas, NV, Vanessa and Noelle co-presented a concurrent session, Right to Fail and Student Success: Working with Students Facing Academic Success, which was attended by over 300 participants and highly evaluated.