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Services to Help Our Students Succeed

One of the things I like best about DePaul is the sheer number of services that are available to our students. Many are focused on helping students achieve academic success: from free software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud to writing help at the Writing Center and tutoring in the Learning Commons–and everything else in between–there is a network of services and people committed to helping students succeed. Perhaps because DePaul is so large and this network is so diffuse, it can be hard to know exactly where to direct students to get help.success-479568_640

Fortunately, there are two new resources that can make guiding students to the right resources easier. The first one is a website that is geared toward students themselves. Student Success @ DePaul is the first website to list all of DePaul’s tutoring centers in one place. It also features offices that provide mentoring, advising, study help, and other types of support. Many of these resources are also cross-listed in BlueStar’s “Success Network.”

The second resource is found on the Teaching Commons website. It is a filterable and sortable list of many of the student services available at DePaul. The following seven categories can be used to filter the results:

     Advising: As part of the program, trained advisors work with students in an official capacity to help them identify resources, make decisions, and help them navigate their academic, professional, and personal lives.

     Community building: One of the primary goals of the program is to help DePaul students develop working relationships or friendships with one another, bond over shared interests, and develop a sense of belonging.

     Community service: The program provides students with opportunities to participate in community service projects.  

     Leadership: One of the primary goals of the program is to develop students’ leadership capacity in co-curricular settings and to provide them with leadership opportunities.

     Mentoring: As part of the program, students have an ongoing, informal partnership with a mentor who helps them develop and achieve academic, professional, and personal goals.

     Mindset: The program encourages students to develop a growth mindset towards success as opposed to a fixed mindset. Those with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence and ability are static, fixed traits while those with a growth mindset believe that they can develop their abilities and intelligence if they work hard.

     Tutoring: As part of the program, peers or staff professionals provide students with guidance and instruction that supports their learning in courses.

We are fortunate to work in a university that provides such broad pillars of support to our students. I encourage you to explore both the Student Success @ DePaul and Teaching Commons websites to learn more about these valuable resources at DePaul.


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