Day 1 Block 1 Session 3: Back in Business: An Engagement & Retention Program for a Virtual Learning World

Research to Practice Session
12:15 PM, Monday 17 May 2021 EDT (45 minutes)
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Extensive research demonstrates that peer collaboration in academic settings has a robust positive effect on educational outcomes such as academic achievement, retention, cognitive development and sense of community.
Within the Business Faculty of Ryerson University, major programming was discontinued in 2019 resulting in the displacement of learning communities. In response, the faculty-specific Academic Success Centre launched a new retention initiative called the Back in Business (BiB) Conference & Program.
BiB has been designed to support all undergraduate business students in navigating the online learning environment and building habits conducive for academic success. Retention programming, such as BiB, is important not only to support students in academic jeopardy but to also boost academic performance of the overall student population.
When analyzing the data at terms end, we expect to find that collaboration between faculty, staff and peers will have provided a multi-faceted support system that boosts students academic outcomes, retention, cognitive development, as well as a sense of community.
We hope that this presentation will provide you with insight on a variety of strategies in implementing your own peer-supported retention initiatives, as well as how to collaborate with members of faculty.
Ryerson University
Student Success Facilitator

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