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First4Weeks – week-4 tips: Support and Collaborate

Update | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Proven, research-based strategies make a positive difference for students. The First4Weeks initiative is designed to leverage and expand on the great student success work we already have underway by focusing on four categories:

Build Relationships and Connect
Engage and Encourage
Communicate, Celebrate, and Inspire
Support and Collaborate

During the first four weeks of this semester, you’ll find helpful tips and links here for each category. These tips for the final and fourth week can help Support and Collaborate as the First4Weeks series concludes.

Ideas for faculty
Some faculty members have been able to integrate information about campus resources into class assignments, such as having students use tutoring services, NetTutor, or the Writing Center. That can help them form a deeper academic connection to the College. 

Ideas for staff
Staff members need to remember that students have many things going on outside of classes, so there may be barriers to their success that we aren’t aware of. Pay close attention to “red flag” statements so you can help them identify and solve problems.  

Visit for additional tips and strategies.

Faculty and staff can join the First4Weeks blackboard community to share best practices and find new ideas! Email to request to be added to the community.


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