Dear Faculty Colleagues,
We’re almost halfway through the semester! The Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs has put together some information and resources that we hope will be helpful over the next few weeks.
Fall ’23 Registration is next month – The Registrar’s Office will post information on their website after spring break! Now is a good time to reach out to your advisees to set appointments.
Class Dean Support – The class deans are your partners in success.
Dean’s Review Form – The dean’s review serves as an early academic alert that allows faculty to document and relay significant concerns related to academic performance prior to midterm grades. Upon receipt of the form, the class dean will meet with the student to determine the stressors impacting their behavior, connect the student to appropriate resources, and formulate a plan to improve in the course. If the student continues to miss class in excess of the formal warning without an excuse, faculty can notify the class dean, prompting the student’s mandatory withdrawal from the course. The deadline for students to withdraw from individual courses this semester is Monday, April 17th.
Academic Resource Hub – Do you know of students that are strong in content knowledge and have the communication skills to be a peer tutor or SI/MSG Leaders? Encourage them to attend the Hub Information Session where a panel of current SI/MSG leaders and tutors share their experiences and answer questions about these roles. Hub Information and Recruitment Session, March 28th, 4-5pm, Hugel 103. The Hub application for Fall 2023 positions will open on March 28th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org names of students you would like to suggest for these roles and the Hub will contact them. The Hub has partnered with 75+ peer educators this spring semester to provide academic support programming through Supplemental Instruction, Mentored Study Groups and Individual Peer Tutoring. Find support sessions in TutorTrac!
Accessibility Services – Students registered with Accessibility Services have been reminded to request their Letter of Accommodation: a document provided by Accessibility Services which outlines the reasonable accommodations that are to be provided to the student. The letter is sent electronically to each instructor and the student is responsible for communicating directly with each faculty member regarding the accommodations and how the accommodations apply to the course. Please contact Marty Sullivan email@example.com with any questions
College Transition Workshops – Students can register for an individual or small group time management workshop with Dean Abigail Close. Sessions are designed to review each students’ course schedules and syllabi to better understand how to organize their daily, weekly, and semester plans. The ultimate goal is to have students learn how to visualize their time so they can better prepare for the busy points in the semester.
First Generation Student Support – To further the visibility of Lafayette College’s first-generation population, this directory was created to highlight faculty and administrators who identify as first-generation college students themselves. We hope that by highlighting our first-generation faculty and administrators that students will be able to expand their network of connections on campus. Click here to join the directory!
Health Professions – Students interested in a career in Health Professions are encouraged to let us know about their interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, they can register for an individual advising appointment with Prof. Waters (RISC 218, email@example.com) or Ms. Simona Glaus (101 Scott Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org) via email. Information about our upcoming Health Professions events can be found at https://healthprofessions.lafayette.edu/.
Multi-language Learner Academic Support – The English for Academic Purposes Center has updated the academic support services for multi-language learners on the center’s website.
A Four-Year Academic Success Plan for International Students is designed to assist international students in honing learning strategies, as well as developing mindset and personal management skills, throughout their undergraduate studies at Lafayette College. Academic advisors could also use this Four-Year Plan to ensure students stay on the right track during their academic and personal journey at Lafayette College.
EAP tutors are putting their one-on-one meeting hours through TutorTrac. Students can work individually with EAP tutors on their English spoken and written skills. Visit the program’s website to learn more.
We started the first session of the Global Expression Speaking Institute on 2/24. The purpose of this program is to 1) improve your English pronunciation and speaking skills and 2) help you adapt to the US culture. Students who successfully completed the 6 sessions and the speaking activities will receive a completion certificate at the end of the program. If you want to recommend any students to attend some of the sessions, please forward this message to them or contact Tingting Kang at email@example.com. Here are our remaining meetings: 3/10, 3/24, 3/31, and 4/7, from 12:15 to 1:15 in Scott Hall 104. Food will be provided.
To provide more notoriety and increase the number of contributors, the online magazine Global Expressions: Writing Beyond the Mother Tongue is holding a writing contest during March and April to encourage students to submit writings about culture in different languages. Use this link to learn about the program. You can contact the magazine editor, Armaghan Ejaz, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
When advising international students, cultural differences, as well as communication barriers, can make it challenging for both student and advisor. Please check out a sample advising syllabus developed for Lafayette advisors and some tips summarized for successful communication with international students. You can also find teaching suggestions for working with multilingual students posted on the center’s website. Please contact Tingting Kang at email@example.com with any questions.
Student Academic Resources – CITLS, in partnership with several offices, has created a one-stop-spot for academic resources. Students and faculty can find information regarding accessibility services, tutoring, advising/registration, healthy living, and more! Please bookmark this site, and share this information with your students.
Student-Athlete Academic Support – Athletics offers a range of services to student-athletes who have the dual challenge of performing well in the classroom while maintaining a commitment to Division I athletics. The Peer Mentor program matches first-year student-athletes with experienced athletes for weekly mentoring and guidance. In addition, semester-long academic coaching is provided to support select student-athletes in a variety of areas. The Structured Study program is available to all student-athletes to assist with time management and to take advantage of studying during the academic day. Lastly, student-athletes who don’t personally own a laptop may rent equipment at no cost when traveling to competitions. Please contact Carly Riepenhoff with any questions or concerns regarding student-athletes.
We will send our next update in April.
Have a great spring break!
Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs