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Retention and Graduation

The key results for this objective have been fulfilled and there is no longer an active committee associated with this work. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Cindy Cogswell or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Objective

The OHIO Division of Student Affairs will work to engage all students in meaningful programs, services and activities to increase retention and graduation rates.

Key Results

  • 3A: DOSA will identify and enhance programs and services that help students build community.
  • 3B: Engagement between DOSA staff and at-risk students will increase.
  • 3C: DOSA will expand the OHIO Basic Needs Initiative.

Year One Updates Year Two Updates

Grad and Retention Sub-Committee

Accomplishments

  • Ohio University has defined sense of belonging as feeling welcomed, safe, connected, and integrated into a community, cared for and supported by its members, and valued for personal identities and attributes at Ohio University.
  • OHIO programs, services and events should utilize the Sense of Belonging Question Bank [Word] to assess impact on sense of belonging.
  • The First 40 Days are an integral part to creating student sense of belonging to Ohio University
  • Ohio University’s Well-being model supports sense of belonging through four elements: Purpose, Resilience, Relationships, Achievement.

Supporting Documents

Sense of Belonging Best Practices [Word]

Well-Being Lit Review [Word]

FAQ

How do I know if my program, service, event or student group enhances student sense of belonging?

A Sense of Belonging Question Bank [Word] was developed to better assist you in understanding the impact your program, service, event or student group has on developing participants’ sense of belonging.

How does Welcome Week impact student sense of belonging?

The first 40 days are an integral part to creating a sense of belonging for students on campus. Previous research and various programs at universities across the world attribute increased academic performance and retention to these extended new student orientation program.

Financial Wellness Sub-Committee

Accomplishments

Supporting Documents

Addressing College Students’ Basic Needs [PDF]

Housing and Homeless Students – Benchmarking [Word]

Financial Wellness Recommendation [Word]

Financial Literacy Programs [Word]

FAQ

Questions about the Ohio University Guide to Assist Students Challenged by Basic Needs folder

What type of information can I find within the Basic Needs folder?

  • Important facts and National Statistics on Student Food and Housing Insecurity
  • Warning signs
  • How to make a referral 
  • Faculty Syllabus Statement
  • Emergency Microgrant Program 
  • Ohio University Services available to students
  • Athens Community Services available to students

Does this resource include contact information for resources offered through Ohio University and the Athens Community?

  • Yes, this resource includes a list of organizations and services offered students, as well as contact information.

Does the Basic Needs folder include information on how to recognize someone who may be experiencing housing or food insecurity?

  • Yes, this resource includes warning signs of someone who may be struggling with multiple basic needs, including food and housing insecurity.

How can I make a referral for a student who needs assistance with Basic Needs?

  • A referral can be made by contacting the Dean of Students or by connecting the student to one of the resources outlined within the Basic Needs folder. We encourage all individuals to reach out to the Dean of Students office to share any concerns regarding a student. 

What is the Basic Needs Faculty Syllabus Statement?

  • A proactive statement that can be added to a course syllabus with the hope of connecting a student struggling with basic needs to resources sooner.
  • Basic Needs: Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Dean of Students Office for support by emailing deanofstudnets@ohio.edu. The Food Pantry is located on the 5th floor of Baker Center and is open to all students. 

Where can I find an electronic version of this resource?

Questions about Bobcats Helping Bobcats: Housing Intake form

What is the Housing Intake form?

  • The Housing Intake form is a process offered through the Dean of Students office to help connect a student who is experiencing housing insecurity to the appropriate resource.

How do I know if a student is experiencing housing insecurity?

  • Common examples include living in a car, couch surfing, fleeing due to violence or threat of violence, and eviction.

Who should I contact if a student is experiencing housing insecurity?

  • Faculty and staff should reach out to the Dean of Students office if they believe a student is experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

What types of community resources are available to students experiencing housing insecurity?


How can a student access the Housing Intake form?

  • A student can find the form on the Housing Help page of Bobcats Helping Bobcats, under the Temporary Emergency Housing header.

Student Employment Sub-Committee

Accomplishments

The Student Employment Sub-Committee researched, created and developed a student employment best practices resource guide. Included in the guide are recommendations for student employee performance evaluations, integrating learning goals in supervision discussions, mentoring, onboarding, offer letters, and exit interviews.

Supporting Documents

Student Employment Best Practices [Word]

FAQ

Does the division use a common student employee performance evaluation?

Yes. The Division of Student Affairs uses a common student employee performance evaluation.

Please see pages 9-11 of Student Employment Best Practices [Word]

Does the division discuss the eight learning goals in performance management with student employees?

Yes. The Division of Student Affairs encourages supervisors to discuss the eight learning goals with their student employees and identify how the student employee can further develop in those priority areas.

Please see pages 9-11 of Student Employment Best Practices [Word]

Does the division recommend sending a specific type of offer letter to students?

Yes. The Division of Student Affairs has a template offer letter, which includes important information that should be communicated.

Please see page 2 of Student Employment Best Practices [Word]

Should we be doing an exit interview with employees?

Yes. Supervisors are encouraged to complete an exit interview with student employees.

Please see pages 7-8 of Student Employment Best Practices [Word]

Where can I learn more about how to start peer mentoring with my student employees?

A repository of mentoring resources and best practices has been compiled. Please see page 5 of Student Employment Best Practices [Word]

Sense of Belonging Question Bank

Our committee has developed a question bank to better assist you in understanding the impact your program, service, event or student group has on developing participants’ sense of belonging.

You may remember sense of belonging as defined by feeling welcomed, safe, connected, and integrated into a community, cared for and supported by its members, and valued for personal identities and attributes at Ohio University. In order to determine if our programs are helping students’ sense of belonging, we have created a question bank for you to use on assessments/evaluations to gather data on our impact. When it makes sense to include one or more of these questions on your assessment forms, please do so.

Download the Sense of Belonging Question Bank [Word]