—By Candice Howell
Nebraska Wesleyan faculty and staff are invested in our students’ academic progress and personal growth. We have found that a friendly face, a listening ear and a caring heart can often help our students get in touch with the appropriate campus resources in their time of need. For more than two and a half decades, we’ve coordinated a significant amount of our assistance to students through our CARE (Concern, Assessment, Research and Education) Team.
Through the use of an early alert and intervention program titled CARE Connect, the CARE Team has acted quickly to identify and reach out to students in need of additional resources to support their success and persistence. Grounded in student development theory, our program takes a comprehensive approach that narrows in on solution-focused action plans. Our team also works to coordinate outreach efforts with both faculty and staff who have direct relationships with our students.
We watch for various risk factors including academic or personal stress, illness or lack of engagement in coursework. We invite faculty and staff members to alert our team whenever they observe a concern. During these challenging times of COVID-19, we have worked to extend extra assistance to students in quarantine or isolation. Our team has put in around-the-clock hours to ensure your student is safe, receiving regular meals and other essentials, as well as successfully accessing their education.
If you as a family member have concerns or believe your student could benefit from extra care this academic year, I welcome you to also follow up with our team at studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu.
Candice Howell is assistant dean of student success and persistence.