Questions for
Faculty/Staff  - Cocurricular Planning Map
 

Why should I encourage my students to participate in out-of-class experiences?

How will out-of-class experiences influence classroom performance?

How will using the Planning Map assist students?

How can I use the Planning map in my advising of students?

Where should I direct students if they have questions?

How was the Planning Map developed?

 




Why should I encourage my students to participate in out-of-class experiences?
Much research has demonstrated the value of out-of-class experiences. These experiences contribute to the recruitment and retention of students. Out-of-class experiences can have a positive effect on a number of learning outcomes including success in chosen field of endeavor after college. 
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How will out-of-class experiences influence classroom performance?
Out-of-class experiences in most cases have a very positive influence on classroom performance. Students who participate in out-of-class experiences are more positive about their academic major. Out-of-class experiences contribute to the development of leadership, decision making, planning skills, social concern, critical thinking, and altruistic values. It is important, however, that students do not become overextended in out-of-class experiences. Students should be as careful and planful about their out-of-class activities as they are the courses they take and the major they select.back to top

How will using the Planning Map assist students?
The Map will assist students in thinking and planning carefully about out-of-class experiences. Based on our University’s mission and developmental theories of young adulthood, the Planning Map guides students in considering out-of-class experiences that will complement their classroom experiences and prepare them for their futures.
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How can I use the Planning map in my advising of students?
The Planning Map will assist you as an advisor in several ways. The self-assessment will help you and your advisee to better understand their goals. The self-assessment will also help you recognize strengths and weaknesses that will influence your advisee’s ability to meet their goals. Working through the steps outline in the Map materials with your advisee will give you an opportunity to have a positive influence on your advisee’s decision making inside and outside of the classroom. The Planning Map and related activities will provide structured activities that will allow you to get to know your advisees better and to begin establishing an effective relationship. The Planning Map and related activities will help you better understand out-of-class experiences and place you in a better position to be helpful.
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Where should I direct students if they have questions?
The website has a great deal of information about the Planning Map. The website also provides links to sites where information about various out-of-class experiences are explained. Contact persons for specific out-of-class experiences may be found on the various links. Questions about the Planning Map itself can be directed to Student Affairs at 785-4111.back to top

How was the Planning Map developed?
In response to the challenge articulated in the University Master Plan and the University Master Plan Update to provide better integration of out-of-class and curricular experiences, a group of people in Student Affairs and representatives from other areas involved in out-of-class experiences held a retreat in May, 2002. The purpose of the retreat was to create a vehicle that could be used to better integrate out-of-class experiences into the curriculum. The Planning Map was designed after reviewing the Mission of the University, theories of college student development, and research on the value of out-of-class experiences. After several months of refining and gathering input from other constituencies, and revising the Planning Map is ready for campus use.back to top

 

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