Reaching At-Risk Students

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Holly Hassel and Joanne Giordano of UW-Marathon County presented an OPID funded conference this past June called Reaching At-Risk Students.  Their website offers information on the conference and will also serve as an ongoing resource for faculty and staff across the state of Wisconsin who work with students who are at-risk of not succeeding academically. Please check it out at http://www.uwmc.uwc.edu/rars/index.htm

The Reaching At-Risk Students Workshop was held on Friday, June 5, 2009 at UW-Marathon County in Wausau, WI. It's purpose was to create a venue for system-wide conversations about working with the broad spectrum of students entering higher education who are at risk for probation, suspension, or simply dropping out. We broadly defined this category of students:  those who are academically underprepared, who struggle with mental health or AODA issues, multilingual students, low-income and first-generation college students, students with extra-academic responsibilities, students of color, LGBTQ-identified students, and other student populations who can be characterized as "at-risk."

The project had three objectives:
1) generate system-wide conversations about increasing the academic success of at-risk students;
2) create an online resource for the UW System to meet the teaching and learning needs of at-risk students and their instructors; and
3) provide opportunities for campus representatives to initiate change, discussion, or strengthen existing work on their own campus through mini-grants.

This website will serve as an ongoing resource for faculty and staff across the state of Wisconsin who work with students who are at-risk of not succeeding academically. Please visit the "Resources" and "Bibliography" page for information about programs and offices at UW System institutions that serve at-risk student populations. If you know of a resource available at your institution or would like to submit information for inclusion on the website, please contact us at rars@uwc.edu to have the webpage updated.

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