The purpose of this webinar is to explore the diverse perspectives that a variety of higher education stakeholders have on the college student by engaging with materials from Multiple Perspectives on College Students: Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities. In the text, contributors unpack who the college student is and why multiple people have their own ideas of student needs. We will engage with real stakeholder voices so that attendees can get a sense of the variety of perspectives present in conversations and decision-making around college students and higher education. Commentary is also given from higher education scholars in order to assist participants in making sense of these varying perspectives; especially given that while all stakeholders ideas and insights are valid, they are likely not all equally informed or recognized equally across decision-making bodies or in relation to the theories that underpin higher education and student development.
Discussions in this session will focus on the data related to college student identities and attendance patterns along with theoretical understandings of the diversity within higher education. Then, a thorough exploration of stakeholder opinions on college students and higher education will help attendees understand the variety of lenses and motivations present in conversations around higher education, as well as a look at whose voices are most loud in such dialogues.
Presenters: Needham Yancey Gulley, Western Carolina University
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