The start of a new and exciting year is upon us! Within the week college campuses throughout the country will begin to fill with thousands of eager and some not-so-eager minds. Students will begin moving into residence halls or apartments, will be buying books, going to class, attending parties, joining organizations, and so many other activities that are the fabric of a campus culture.
There is no cute way to lay this blog out. As faculty, staff, and administrators of a college campus, we should EXPECT a great deal from our students. We should EXPECT that they come to class and that we hold them to that standard. We should EXPECT that they are learning both inside and out of the classroom through the lectures, in-class discussions, activities, and other avenues of involvement a student may seek. We should EXPECT they are doing papers, reading, and studying to succeed in each class. This is what is EXPECTED out of students in college.
Students should also have their own set of expectations. Students should EXPECT that you are going to hold them to a standard of excellence. They should EXPECT that as faculty, staff, and administrators that we will not talk down to them but will include them in the learning opportunities at hand. Students should EXPECT that the guidelines toward success in a course are clear. The student should not feel unprepared for a quiz, test, or paper because they have learned so much in the classroom. Students should EXPECT that faculty, staff, and administrators care about their success.
The EXPECTATION of the college experience is what can make the college experience so rewarding. If a student doesn’t have to work hard to find success and EXPECTATIONS are lowered for them to find that success, the reward in the end is far less meaningful. Aim high with your students and their learning and they will receive a reward far greater than any “A” or “B” will provide them-they will actually learn the material!
Good luck as you all start out your new years. Work hard and start the path toward graduation today!