Faculty Contribute to Student Success Outside the Classroom

Faculty can make significant contributions to student education outside the classroom in addition to the instruction they provide in class. This was one of the messages Dr. John Schuh, retired distinguished professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University, made at one of his talks at USF on Tuesday. Dr. Schuh presented to faculty, administrators, student affairs leadership, and the College of Student Affairs program students.
 
Dr. Schuh emphasized how faculty can engage students outside the classroom in formal and informal gatherings. Having sidebar conversations outside the classroom, creating common sitting/gathering areas, involving students in research, showcasing and demonstrating students’ work, and planning off campus activities builds faculty-student interactions and learning experiences. Faculty engagement with students in and outside the classroom increases learning outcomes. Dr. Schuh talked about students needing to perceive that faculty members are available and interested in their success.
 
In the remaining workshops, Dr. Schuh focused on the importance of including Student Affairs in assessing student learning. Academically, students are assessed in the classroom.  According to Dr. Schuh, for overall learning outcomes to adequately be measured, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs both need to be at the table for a more holistic assessment of the student experience. He also talked about student affairs and faculty working collaboratively to enhance student life.
 
By using Academic and Student Affairs assessment tools jointly we can determine if we are providing the best experience to ensure student success for our students. Engaging students in and outside the classroom is a strong indicator of student success and learning experiences for students.
 
John H. Schuh, PhD, one of the most highly respected experts in the field of student affairs assessment, is a distinguished professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University. He is the author, coauthor or editor of more than 235 publications, including 24 books and monographs. His most recent book is Assessment Methods for Student Affairs, published in 2009 by Jossey-Bass. NASPA and ACPA have presented him with multiple awards, and he is also the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship.