Continued conversations and data analysis around the idea of a need to provide information on campus resources to students in an engaging and interactive scenario.
The success of interactive activities was the motivation for making the change from a panel in past College Success Week events to this event - Roary’s Amazing Race.
We adjusted the format and modality in which resources were presented by creating an interactive game similar to The Amazing Race. Student’s traveled in groups of 4-6 and were provided with clues that led them to different pit stops (resources) around campus. At each stop, student’s learned about that specific campus resource (i.e. College Police, PAC, Lion’s Den Grille). Student’s received a T-shirt for completing Roary’s Amazing Race!
Survey data and conversations with participants showed the effectiveness of learning about campus resources in a new way. One CPD150 faculty shared their thought that this would be a better way to host the resource scavenger hunt held in their classes each semester. This also shows the importance of ongoing Academic and Student Affairs relationships to design co-curricular experiences for our students. EMCC Common Event Assessment data is attached.
Based on student feedback, we plan on continuing this event in future College Success Week’s. In the future, we will explore the possibility of embedding staff into the student groups to encourage student/staff connection and discussion while they are traveling between stops. Also, we are open to discussing the implementation of this type of format in future college success courses as a way for students to become familiar on less-known campus resources.
College Success Week events aim to connect students with members of the College Community to build connections vital to their success. Roary’s Amazing Race was developed this year as a way to re-envision how information about campus resources is provided to students more effectively for campus resource staff and more engaging for students. As students traveled the pathway to earning their free t-shirt, they were given information by each pit stop on upcoming campus events that may interest them (i.e. upcoming shows at the PAC). Students were also able to interact with each other and come together to work as a team and win! These abilities are at the core of our Institution and General Education model pushing students to develop effective communication techniques and work collaboratively with others to achieve a desired outcome. Campus staff at each resource were also able to serve a high amount of students in the same 50-minute time block compared to the amount of time required to visit individual classrooms. Assessment data shows students valued the information provided and plan to use this information to successfully complete their courses and program of study.