Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy Weixelman sat down with Assistant VP for Student Life Dr. Stephanie Bannister in 122 Anderson Hall to learn about resources available to K-State students for academic support.
Mindy: Thank you so much for meeting with me today. Parents and families often share with me that academic support is one of their main areas of interest, concern and sometimes even a little anxiety. They want to make sure their student takes advantage of all the resources available. I’ve compiled a list of questions that I think will respond to some of the frequently asked questions. Are you ready?
Stephanie: You bet! Lets dive right in.
Mindy: The term academic support or academic assistance can mean a lot of different things to students and their families. Tell us what academic support means at K-State?
Stephanie: Accessible, Empowering and Affordable. The Academic Assistance Center located in Holton Hall has a rich tradition of supporting student success at K-State. Any K-State student at any juncture during their time at K-State can take advantage of our programs. Academic coaching is tailored to support the student in identifying growth areas, setting goals, and building a toolkit to help them achieve more. This program along with our Tutoring Services are free to students. At no cost a student can sign up online for small group scheduled or walk-in sessions in a wide range of subjects and at student centered time. For a student who is seeking a more intensive support for a course like Intro to Biology we offer supplemental instruction. SI (supplemental Instruction) can be enrolled in and is a 1 credit course that meets weekly with a peer leader who has excelled in the content area and actually attends the lecture each week and then teaches study techniques and reinforces content. These are just a few of the support options.
Mindy: That’s a helpful definition. Now that we’re all on the same page with what academic assistance means, give us a feel for how many students the Academic Assistance Center serves throughout a semester?
Stephanie: A semester average for students taking advantage of tutoring is 1,700, academic coaching 450, and supplemental instruction 400. We also offer presentations and workshops to the university community and through 70 outreach sessions a year reach hundreds of students.
Mindy: At this time of the year, many students are looking to secure a part-time job on campus. Are there part-time job opportunities for students within Academic Assistance?
Stephanie: WOW! Yes, the Academic Assistance Center is 1 of the largest on campus employers at K-State. This year more than 100 students are serving as tutors, Supplemental Instruction leaders, and student office assistants!
Mindy: I’m glad I asked! I want to make sure parents know that part-time job opportunities can be found online at the K-State Career Center website.
I’m going to switch gears on you for a minute. You have a new role at K-State! Congratulations on your recent promotion. What does it mean to be an Assistant Vice President for Student Life focusing on Educational & Personal Development? Continue reading “Meet Assistant VP for Student Life: Dr. Stephanie Bannister”