What approaches are best positioned to set students up for success from orientation to graduation? How can colleges and universities ensure that such programs have the most impact and are sustainable? These were among questions posed during U.S. News’ webinar “Building a Foundation for Student Well-Being and Success.” Dean of Students Terry Martinez joined this webinar’s panel of representatives from Georgia State and Ohio State Universities and Vector Solutions, moderated by Michael Morella, U.S. News Live managing editor, on Oct. 5.
Martinez discussed factors necessary for students to have a successful experience, including ensuring that they be aware of and have access to all of what the college offers, and knowing how to connect with those resources. The discussion naturally led to a description of Hamilton’s new ALEX advising program. She also emphasized the importance of using data to determine the services and changes that would be most effective in offering students the best experience possible.
Martinez also served as the director and a faculty member for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ (NASPA) new Institute for New Vice Presidents of Student Affairs. According to its website, the three-day program was a faculty-led learning and networking experience that prepares individuals who are new to that position “to be strategic decision-makers, highly-effective managers, and transformational leaders.”