William Dindy

William Dindy

Location: augusta, ga

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This course had me thinking about some of the bad habits that I have incorporated into my lecturing. Specifically, I have a tendency to pace around the classroom when lecturing. I will be more conscious of this going forward. 

Always have a space identified that can be used as a visiting team room. This room should have internet access, printer/copier access, telephone access and be equipped with necessary office supplies. It should be clean and free from anything that could be considered a FERPA violation. Ideally, this space would be in close proximity to your POC.

Institutions should always be prepared for a visit. The time to prepare should not be when the agency sends an email informing you that they'll be on campus tomorrow. It is helpful to have a visitor binder, which is constantly updated with current student listing, completion rates, placements rates, current org chart, class schedules and the school catalog. Has this available will show the schools commitment.

Students who decide to attend a career college often miss out on the tradtional college experience. Career college should look for ways to include student life activitiesto give them that experience. The sense of school pride will help rentention efforts.

Just like safety, retention is everyone's responsibility. Getting students is easy, keeping them is the hard part. Unless everyone at all levels in the school do their part, the school will probably fail, and we can't blame admissions for that. 

Your first week activities should be somewhat of an extension of your orientation. This is also the time to assess your students potential to be successful in their program. Faculty and staff should identify any administrative, personal, or academic issues and help resolve them. 

All faculty should attend orientation. Too often we see just program directors at orientation. Having students meet their instructors and learn a few things about their background will make students feel more comfortable when they come to the first day of class. 

Students should leave their orientation feeling like they are already a student. What we started doing recently was to give each new student at orientation a college t-shirt at the end of the orientation and let them wear it home. This gives them a sense of belonging to the the school and is definitely a conversation starter when they get home or when they see their friends after orientation. 

Retention depends on us meeting or exceeding student expectations. If we don't know what these expectations are, we can't very well address them. In this process, we need the ensure that our policies, procedures and processes are developed and examined from a student's perspective, as they are the customers being served. 

A new instructor should not be simply thrown into the classroom with a copy of the textbook and a slide deck. They should receive a well-planned onboarding that begins on their first day of employment. The onboarding should not be overwhelming. Be able to judge when the new instructor has had enough and save the rest for tomorrow. 

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