The Leadership Fellows: Educating their Peers While Gaining Skills for their Own Success


By Julie Tucker, Coordinator of Assessment & Research

Students’ co-curricular involvement at Denison is more than a way to fill their days or meet new people.  While we certainly hope that students’ co-curricular involvement allows them to make friends and enjoy their time on the hill, we intend that these experiences provide students the opportunity to gain and strengthen skill sets that prepare them for their careers and experiences beyond Denison. 

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“Too Much, Too Fast:” Lessons from MA and Students Who’ve Been Through It

Julie Tucker, Coordinator of Assessment & Research

Denison established a Medical Assistance (MA) Policy in Spring 2010.  This policy encourages students to seek help for themselves or others when the consumption of alcohol or other drugs rises to extreme intoxication or other medical emergency.  While anecdotally, we thought that the policy made our campus safer by encouraging students to seek help for self and others, we learned from the data that the policy also has long-term educational benefits to those who use it.

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Voices Of Our First-Years

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By Julie Tucker ’09, Coordinator of Assessment & Research in Student Development

At the end of August Orientation, we asked first-year students to respond to a survey about their experience.  One of my favorite survey questions asked: “Although August Orientation only extends over a few days, your orientation to Denison continues throughout the year in various forms.  What do you hope to learn over the course of your first year of college?  What skills, abilities, or knowledge would you like to gain?” Here are some responses from our first-years:

 “Social skills, time management, better skills at dealing with people I don’t like to work with but being able to achieve a satisfactory work result in the end, being unafraid of trying new things.”

 “What it truly means to be a Denisonian and to live up to those expectations.”

 “Understand others even when I disagree with them.”

 “Ability to make independent, meaningful choices and decisions.

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