NASPA 2015: Helping Students to Navigate with Courage

Helping Students Develop Key Skills for Success

NASPA 2015 Conference shattered records by connecting over 7,800 attendees, including 3,000 first-timers. In a room full of thousands of people who have committed their lives to enhancing the lives of young men and women around the world, it is clear just how vital student affairs professionals are to the success and well-being of each and every student. This mentoring relationship begins by a simple consideration: "We all have stories to tell."  Everyone has a voice, and they all deserve to be heard. 

Importance of Student Affairs

Helping students learn to navigate with courage requires a broad, comprehensive view of the deep complexity of the student experience, both in and out of the classroom. Issues such as bullying directly effect retention and degree completion. Students' success depends tremendously on the guidance and mentorship of Student Affairs administrators, and one of the best ways to help facilitate students' engagement in campus life is through a strong and robust communications system.

Vital to student engagement are two essential elements: opportunities must be created (for and by students), and students must be aware that these opportunities exist, through effective event and group management. In partnership with administrative leaders, CampusGroups at its core strives to help schools maximize opportunities for student involvement and leadership, to help students thrive, excel, connect and lead, and to equip administrators with the best productivity tools to address the individual needs of each university program.

Theme:  Navigating With Courage

Guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer Arnold, shared her philosophy on how to help students achieve the goals they set, to care for students professionally and mentally, to rise above obstacles and to teach students how to cope with stress in a productive manner.

Here's a quick look at her advice on Thinking Big:

A Unique Toolbox for Your Community & Mission

CampusGroups helps schools achieve Student Affairs missions, to simplify complicated processes and to centralize content, data and tools.  Our campus partners efficiently communicate with students, allow them to join groups and develop skills via enriching group opportunities and activities, and effectively foster, track and assess student engagement.

What's New: Lottery System

Limited tickets? Provide equal opportunity access to your students!

Some events are so popular they are sold out in minutes. This sometimes seems unfair for students who are traveling or otherwise unavailable at the exact moment when registrations open.

To resolve this, CampusGroups created a lottery system for school administrators to allow all of their students equal opportunity to purchase tickets for a popular event. Students simply select the event they would like to attend, and they'll be entered into a lottery that automatically determines a set number of students selected to participate.

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us at support@campusgroups.com.

Gather Information from New Group Members with a Sign-Up Survey

Member profile extension survey

Surveys are a great way to gather more information when students join groups. You can create a survey to collect any additional information you'd like from your newly added members. The survey questions will be displayed to the students in the sign-up process just after they decide to join your group. 

Make it mandatory

Track who has and has not provided answers by making a survey mandatory. If students have yet to respond to the required questions, they will be prompted with automatic reminders when they visit your group page.

Different groups, different needs

Each group has different needs in the information they need to collect, and CampusGroups surveys enable groups to create a quick, unique sign-up process for their newest members.

A great advantage of this feature is that you can search your list of members by keywords contained in the profile extension survey! Filter members based on their answers to the survey questions. (For example, you might want to do a quick search to see which of your members have a driver's license.)

What’s New: Track Students’ Mobile Logins

Easily differentiate between web logins and mobile logins with specific dedicated stats

As more and more students are using their mobile devices to log on to CampusGroups, we have created a dedicated graph for mobile logins under the Reports & Trends section.  Administrators can access specific stats to track students’ mobile logins (in addition to website logins).

This is a great way to check how often your students are using the mobile app!