Ten Things Faculty Members Can Do To Challenge, Engage and Help Retain Students

Incorporate active and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning

Create class-based activities and assignments requiring higher order reasoning

Integrate experiential learning opportunities

Interact with students

Create an academically challenging environment

Show interest in the work of students

Be present and available

Practice inclusive teaching and diverse assessment – teach to a variety of learning styles, vary forms of classroom assessment, and provide opportunities for re-assessment

Provide opportunities for students to become engaged with other students as part of their academic programs

Demonstrate and communicate the ways you care about and believe in your students

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Umbach, Paul, and Wawrzyinski, Matthew. Faculty Do Matter: The Role of College Faculty in Student Learning and Engagement. 2005, Research in Higher Education, Vol. 46, No. 2.

Thomas, Liz. Student Retention in Higher Education: The Role of Institutional Habitus. 2002, Journal of Education Policy, Vol. 17, No. 4.