For many students making the leap into higher education, the
experience represents an exciting new challenge, full of promise. However, at
Stevens – The Institute of Business & Arts, we understand that for some
students going to college is also a very challenging experience. That’s why
we’re furthering our efforts to ensure student success from Orientation day to
As always, we believe that Siba’s small, intimate classrooms
inherently serve student success. Students work one-on-one with instructors so
that the instructors are able to quickly identify students’ abilities as well
as challenges. To us, these small class sizes also ensure that students don’t
feel intimidated asking for help or clarification.
Our open-door policy from the President to Department Chairs
and staff members ensures that students can go to a school authority when they
need help – whether it’s academic in nature or something more personal that may
be affecting their attendance or ability to complete assignments.
In an effort to further that dedication to service, Siba began
offering a “Success Seminar” this fall to all new students. The seminar is designed
to give students an introduction to college life and the expectations that come
with it. That means learning about college resources, class decorum, and
professionalism in and out of the classroom. Additionally, students discuss
study strategies and determine their learning styles.
Beyond that, the seminar seeks to help students identify
challenges they face off school grounds. Is the student working full-time? How
will they dedicate time to do homework? Have they made the proper arrangements
for transportation? We hope that by helping students spot potential hardships
before they become overwhelming, we can partner with them in reaching solutions
and forming a plan of action.
Dr. Sheri McCord, Siba’s General Studies Department Chair
had this to add, “In general, the class is about taking
the first steps to achieve your degree and to pursue your passion. Having a
positive attitude and being willing to put in the work necessary are parts
of the recipe for success. Being prepared to make mistakes, but to learn and
grow from them, is yet another crucial aspect of college success.”
Our goal is for new students to form relationships and create
strategies at the beginning of their college experience that will aid them all
the way to the completion of their degree and on into the professional world. We
look forward to their feedback on ways to make it even better for the next
group of incoming students, too!