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The Solution Room: How a Series of Workshops can Help Students Define Answers for Some of Their Issues on Campus

Abstract

The undergraduate population at Georgia Southwestern State University is approximately 2600 students. Yet, the first-year retention rate at the institution remains stagnant, and one of the consistent themes that emerges is the institution’s “lack of things to do.” The Department of
Residential and Campus Life was created in the Spring of 2019 to begin to close the gap on student engagement at the university, and student departure from the university. The Solution Room aims to be a program that resonates with students across racial, gender identity, geographic, and socio-economic lines. In short, it seeks to provide an avenue that allows students who wish to participate, a consistent voice to candidly share what their university experience is like.

By having rotating faculty and staff members who participate in the workshop, students will have the opportunity to connect with individuals from different functional areas to also increase their engagement across departments. With this feedback, the Solution Room could serve as an
informal focus group that contributes qualitative assessment data the university uses to increase retention in the first and second years.

Presentation Description

The undergraduate population at Georgia Southwestern State University is approximately 2600 students. Yet, the first-year retention rate at the institution remains stagnant, and one of the consistent themes that emerges is the institution’s “lack of things to do.” The Department of Residential and Campus Life was created in the Spring of 2019 to begin to close the gap on student engagement at the university, and student departure from the university. The Solution Room aims to be a program that resonates with students across racial, gender identity, geographic, and socio-economic lines. In short, it seeks to provide an avenue that allows students who wish to participate, a consistent voice to candidly share what their university experience is like. By having rotating faculty and staff members who participate in the workshop, students will have the opportunity to connect with individuals from different functional areas to also increase their engagement across departments. With this feedback, the Solution Room could serve as an informal focus group that contributes qualitative assessment data the university uses to increase retention in the first and second years.

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Stream A: Curriculum Dialogues

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The Solution Room: How a Series of Workshops can Help Students Define Answers for Some of Their Issues on Campus

Stream A: Curriculum Dialogues

The undergraduate population at Georgia Southwestern State University is approximately 2600 students. Yet, the first-year retention rate at the institution remains stagnant, and one of the consistent themes that emerges is the institution’s “lack of things to do.” The Department of
Residential and Campus Life was created in the Spring of 2019 to begin to close the gap on student engagement at the university, and student departure from the university. The Solution Room aims to be a program that resonates with students across racial, gender identity, geographic, and socio-economic lines. In short, it seeks to provide an avenue that allows students who wish to participate, a consistent voice to candidly share what their university experience is like.

By having rotating faculty and staff members who participate in the workshop, students will have the opportunity to connect with individuals from different functional areas to also increase their engagement across departments. With this feedback, the Solution Room could serve as an
informal focus group that contributes qualitative assessment data the university uses to increase retention in the first and second years.