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Title: Transition Culture Shock

Transition Culture Shock
  • Students Academic Adjustment to Drake

Chrystal Stanley, PhD
Transitioning to the Next Environment
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Language
  • Expectations
  • Values

  • Higher Education
  • Provost/Dean
  • Degree Audit
  • Academic Progress
  • Drake
  • Halls
  • Engaged Citizen (service learning/internship)
  • Alphabet Soup
  • AOI, PCDS, CAPS, FYS, etc.

High School Drake University
You will usually be told what to do and corrected if behavior is out of line. You are expected to take responsibility for what you do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions.
You will usually be told in class what you need to learn from assigned readings. It's up to you to read and understand the assigned material lectures and assignments proceed from the assumption that you've already done so.
Mastery is usually seen as the ability to reproduce what you were taught in the form in which it was presented to you, or to solve the kinds of problems you were shown how to solve. Mastery is often seen as the ability to apply what you've learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems.
Effort counts. Courses are usually structured to reward a "good-faith effort." Results count. Though "good-faith effort" is important in regard to the professor's willingness to help you achieve good results, it will not substitute for results in the grading process.
Values Differences
  • High School
  • Teachers, support staff, and parents advocate for
    student needs.
  • Values effort on the part of the student.
  • Drake University
  • Students are expected to advocate for themselves.
  • Values action, independence, and results on the
    part of the student.

Understanding the Next Environment

The Freshman Myth
  • Overly optimistic and confident in their ability
    to manage the challenges they will encounter at
  • SKNSB Syndrome
  • Success in high school will translate into college

The Freshman Myth
  • An estimated 18 million students enrolled in
    college in 2010 nearly 34 dropped out in the
    first year because they were over confident,
    under-prepared and lacked realistic expectations
    about college.
  • From U.S. Census and American College Testing

Preparation is Key to Success
  • How YOU as an FYS professor can help!

Understand Learning Styles
  • Visual
  • Auditory (Verbal)
  • Kinesthetic (Active)
  • Reflective
  • Sensing (facts)
  • Intuitive (possibilities relationships)
  • Global (big picture)
  • Sequential (linear)
  • Pashler, H., et. al. (2009). Learning styles
    Concepts and evidence. Psychological Science in
    the Public Interest, 9 (3), 105-119. - See more
    at http//

Advice to Students
  • Take control of your own education think of
    yourself as a scholar.
  • Get to know your professors they are your single
    greatest resource.
  • Be assertive. Create your own support systems,
    and seek help when you realize you may need it.
  • Take control of your time. Plan ahead to satisfy
    academic obligations and make room for everything
  • Stretch yourself enroll in at least one course
    that really challenges you.
  • Make thoughtful decisions don't take a course
    just to satisfy a requirement, and don't drop any
    course too quickly.
  • Think beyond the moment set goals for the
    semester, the year, your college career.

Invite Academic Achievement Staff to Class
  • Chrystal Stanley Academic Achievement Career
  • Bryan Thomas, Jr. Success Programs
  • Michelle Laughlin Disability Services

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