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  1. 1. OFFICE OF XYZ StudentDevelopmentServices Educating theWholeStudent Kay Higgins, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Student Development Director of Parent & Family Programs PARENTS.TCU.EDU Summer 2015
  2. 2. Whatdowewantourstudentstobe? Whatisourgoal? To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.
  3. 3. WehaveResponsibilityforEducating theWholeStudent Academically Vocationally Physically Socially Spiritually Developmentally Financially
  4. 4. Academically,TCUhas TWOPrimaryResponsibilities: 1. To teach students how to learn AND 2. To help each student find his/her passion! (One of them is NOT to get your student a job!)
  5. 5. Academically StudentsMUSTmeettheirfaculty! Encourage your student to meet with his/her professors within the first three week of class. Meet with faculty any time a student doesnt understand a concept or doesnt do well on a test. Readeveryassignmentpriortothedayitwillbediscussed. Study3hours/1hourinclass=45hours! 8:005:00M-F= Work Week Core Usecampusresources! Createacalendarfor the semester, hang it on the wall. Createacalendarfor each week, all 168 hours scheduled.
  6. 6. Pre-Majors Celebrateyour studentbeinga Pre-major! A student must declare a major when he/she has completed 54 hours. (For many students that is FOUR semesters from now.) EXCEPTIONS Biology C or better in BIOL 10503/1 & 10513 to change. Nursing 2.5 GPA after one semester/4.5 yrs. to change now. StrategicCommunicationCan apply in fall & spring semesters. Must be declared to take classes in the major. Pre-Business Change in Spring semester only. Must have 3.25 GPA. Applying after 1st year can cause delay in graduation. Engineer/Physics/Sp.Path Need to start 1st year to stay on track for 4 yr. graduation.
  7. 7. DiscoveringGlobalCitizenship Initiatives Global Academy Global Innovators Local Global Leaders TCU Abroad Virtual Voyage Visiting Scholars for more information All entering first year students will be invited to participate in the InterculturalEffectiveness Scale(IES). MEASURES: ContinuousLearning Self-Awareness Exploration InterpersonalEngagement Global Mindset Relationship Interest Hardiness** Positive Regard Emotional Resilience
  8. 8. > Hardiness Hardiness, the third element of Intercultural Effectiveness is comprised of two specific dimensions: Positive Regard and Emotional Resilience. > Positive Regard This dimension measures the degree to which one thinks positively about people from other cultures, and ones tendency to avoid negative stereotypes in favor of a more positive view of human nature. This dimension helps people to avoid getting upset, stressed, frustrated, or angry when they encounter situations, people, behaviors, and ideas that are different from what they are accustomed. Higher scorers in positive regard assume the best about people and are more accepting of different behaviors. > Emotional Resilience This dimension measures the level of emotional strength and ability one has to cope with challenging emotional experiences. It also assesses ones capacity to recover quickly from psychologically and emotionally stressful situations and setbacks. How one manages these kinds of experiences influences ones tendency to remain open, develop relationship, and interact effectively with others. Higher scorers in emotional resilience cope well with challenging emotional situations and, as a result, their recovery from psychologically and emotionally difficult experiences usually takes little time.
  9. 9. Once upon a time, a man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It was then that the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and small shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly, expecting at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly! What the man did not understand was that the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening in the restricting cocoon was natures way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were allowed to go through life without obstacles, we would not be as strong as we could have been. And, we would never fly! Anonymous
  10. 10. By enrolling in The Introduction to University Life (UNPR 10211) your student will get: Two faculty & staff mentors, Information, resources, and skill development to help your student succeed at TCU, His/Her online portfolio is A product to showcase his/her skills & learning for multiple audiences, An archive of his/her learning experiences inside & outside the classroom. *You will receive more info tonight following dinner. UNPR 10211 is a one-hour, pass/no credit course.
  11. 11. The Center is available to students throughout their time at TCU AND for the rest of their lives! is available to students after they are enrolled for classes. Internships For students: Exploring Possibilities Assessments Preparing Yourself Gaining Experience Pursuing Next Steps Vocationally Center for Career & Professional Development
  12. 12. Physically TCU Recreation Center is free to all students! TCU Dining Services provides healthy meal options. The nutritional values can be found at TCU ID Card serves 4 important roles, three of which are related to food. Membership Card in Market Square Debit Card in ALL dining facilities except Market Square (Campus Cash) & select off campus restaurants (Frog Bucks). Credit Card in the bookstore & vending machines. Card Access to residence hall, library, sporting & fine arts events, etc.
  13. 13. Physically Cont. TCU Health Center & Counseling Center are open to all students just like going to the family physician without the co-pay! TCU Police: Campus safety consists of blue emergency lights at call box locations, fully certified police officers, security cameras, Froggie 5-0, card access buildings, single entry/exit lots, 24 hr./365 patrol and emergency number, 817.257.7777, campus notifications of crimes, investigation team, etc. Ultimately, short of having a body guard for each student, we cannot make guarantees. Your student MUST be a partner in managing his/her own safety! Students must make wise choices.
  14. 14. Socially College affords students many positive social opportunities: Life-long friendships, trips to different state/countries with roommates and friends, and lots of great memories! Consequences of Poor Choices: Eating Disorders, Acquaintance sexual assault, Misuse/abuse of alcohol & other drugs. Please be aware that we have both: Comprehensive & on-going educational programs, Comprehensive response teams. More information will follow on all of these subjects at the designated times on the schedule.
  15. 15. I need to make a call It doesnt feel right. You think that is not the student I took to TCU. That call in the night! If you know no one else to call, call me. Kay Higgins 817.257.7855 817.917.8538
  16. 16. Spiritually The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) believes in the dignity & respect of all people. Historically, education is at the root or the Disciples of Christ (DOC) denomination. TCU believes that personal values & beliefs come from ones own chosen faith journey. The university will never prescribe a particular faith journey for any student, but the Office of Religious & Spiritual for Life is a great resource for students seeking information, places of worship, experiences, etc.
  17. 17. Developmentally Your 18-year-old student is a legal adult! All official TCU activity will be between the University and the student (financial aid, student account, & grad reports.) ONLY your student can Grant Access to others. We are in a partnership between the your student, you, and the university. We all have a role.
  18. 18. Being the Parent of an Emerging Adult My advice after 38 years in this field: 1.Listen! 2.Answer a question with a question. EXAMPLES What do you want to achieve? How will you measure your success? What will be the impact of that decision? What resources will you need? What have you done so far to meet your goal? What will be the affect on others? Tell me more!
  19. 19. Intentional Developmental Learning Curricular in the classroom. Co-Curricular alongside of, in complement to the classroom experience. Frog Camp Grimy Games Purposeful & Experiential Learning outcomes based on adult developmental theory
  20. 20. How will you know what is going on? How will you know how to partner? Student Development Services (SDS) Transitions First Year Experience Sophomore & Junior Year Experience Senior Year Experience TCU Leadership Center Connections Program Leaders for Life Student Organizations Women & Mens Programs
  21. 21. PARENTS.TCU.EDU TCU Parent & Family Programs Monthly Magazine and/or Column **TCU Parents Association Register tonight after dinner @ Parent Reception OR visit
  22. 22. Encourage Students to Grab the Gold Rings!
  23. 23. Financially Financial Literacy is imp


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