CREATING SUPPORT SERVICE FOR WORKING STUDENTS
Attaining your academic goals is a bumpy and a very tough road to take especially if a student pursues to go to college to earn a degree.
Aside from being very challenging academically, it is also very expensive to go to college these days no wonder a big percentage of students in many countries opt to study while working.
These are called the working students. Sadly, many of these working students cannot graduate or earn a college degree due to sheer pressure in their studies and the inability to balance their studies and work while there are unforeseen circumstances that come along their way.
However, there are Educational Support Services (ESS) and Student Support Services (SSS) that are ready to help these students.
A lot of colleges and universities around the world create a supportive campus culture for working students. There are also private entities that establish a foundation to fund deserving students through scholarship programs and other forms of support services.
In colleges and universities, the faculty members and administrators must understand the learning and support needs of working students. It’s not easy to work and study at the same time, aside from being very stressful; it is also time consuming and creates sheer pressure for a lot of students who are having this kind of life.
There should be a mutual understanding between colleges and universities and working students about the career goals, patterns of employment and also the implications of it. These college and universities share information with its faculty and administrators about the prevalence of student employment and how the proper connection with them must be initiated. There should also be a connection between the school and the workplace of its students.
There should be a relevant change in the college and universities like institutional policies, practices and structures to promote connections to working students. Colleges and universities that have a high population of working students should consider a structural plan that is also focused on working students like creating an institutional culture that promotes the success of these working students that involves the entire campus community.
There should be encouragement as well as reward, and a support to faculty members who adapt their instructional practices that promotes educational success to their working students.
The faculty and administration should demonstrate the educational benefits to working students when their instructors encourage cooperative learning, set high expectations for student achievement, and create assignments that require students to demonstrate deep learning.
Providing students an opportunity for a one-on-one interaction with their facilitator or professor is considered a critical action to foster a supportive campus culture for working students. Such interactions may become beneficial to working students in a way that it encourages them to strive harder and achieve their academic goals. To learn more about ESS that provides support to working students, check out Prescott Papers.