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First4Weeks: Week 3 Tips to Communicate, Celebrate, and Inspire

Update | Tuesday, February 2, 2021

First4Weeks initiative is designed to leverage and expand on the great student success work we already have underway by implementing proven, research-based strategies that can be used by students, faculty, and College staff. The four categories of focus are:  

*Build Relationships and Connect
*Engage and Stay Encouraged
*Communicate, Celebrate, and Inspire
*Support and Collaborate

During the first four weeks of this semester, you’ll find helpful tips and links here to help students succeed in all four categories. For Autumn Semester, they are tailored for the remote/online environment. This week’s tips can help you communicate with and celebrate accomplishments to inspire students. 

Ideas for faculty
Students are often inspired by faculty members – in fact, when asked what the best part of their education at Columbus State was, our graduates usually cite our professors and instructors by name. Columbus State faculty have found that early feedback is important. Many of them strive to return graded papers quickly, especially in the early weeks, to help establish expectations and give students a sense of how they are doing. 

Ideas for staff
Especially in the online environment, it’s important to remind students that acclimating to any new experience is a learning process. Let students know that they are valued and have the ability to achieve their goals.

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