The Three Legged Stool for Nursing Student Success
Concurrent Session 5
This session will focus on unique ways in which SUNY Empire State College supports online nursing students in completing advanced degrees (Bachelors and Masters). In particular, the usefulness of student online orientations, close interactions with mentors, and ongoing student services will be explored.
Learning Objectives: 1. Explore SUNY Empire State College's nursing's model of student supports. 2. Provide data regarding student feedback for online orientation. 3. Describe the mentoring model implemented at SUNY Empire State College. 4. Discuss the impact of student services on advancing, accelerating, and keeping up with learners’ needs. Session participants will gain a better understanding of the academic supports for nursing students earning bachelor’s and master's degrees at SUNY Empire State College. These students are typically adult learners who study part-time while balancing work, family, and life responsibilities. Student needs vary, and may be dependent upon academic course load, prior educational experiences, learning style, and the individual’s responsibilities. The three legged stool approach provides the level of support needed for student success. Specific academic supports that will be examined include the online student orientation (undergraduate and graduate), the student mentor relationship, and overall student services such as library resources, accessibility, and tutoring. All of these elements are in play throughout the student lifecycle. Various faculty and staff roles associated with these academic supports will be discussed.