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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Student Engagement

Last updated on 06/26/07

A notable tendency among Baruch students is to vanish as soon as their classes are over -- to attend the college "as though they were double parked." Given that many students work long hours, such tendencies are perhaps not surprising, but they are also not educationally optimal.

Many educators believe that students often learn as much or more through engagement with faculty outside of the 75-minute class session as during the prescribed lecture/classroom discussion. Such engagement might consist of brief conversations immediately before or after class or more extended advisement sessions in a faculty member's office. Advice can range from encouraging students to get involved with extracurricular activities to helping them design research projects in a discipline -- especially around topics of interest to the students.

Faculty can play an enormously important role by getting involved with student activities outside of class. Student clubs, for example, benefit greatly by the involvement of a faculty member, as do activities like the radio station.

Involvement in the education of our students through meaningful advisement and counsel is a vital goal. At a minimum, faculty availability for students around the time of a class to review or elaborate on topics discussed -- even to discuss why a student received a particular grade -- is a necessary component to a good education. Informing students of office hours and being sure to be available during those hours also is necessary. Office hours should always be posted outside the instructor's office.