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CCSSE Benchmarks: Student-Faculty Interaction student

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"He wasn't just my instructor. He tried to find out more about me as a person. I think that's helpful when teachers want to know more about you, not just as a student, but the complete person. If they become interested in you, it motivates you to do well. In his class, it was required that we meet with him to discuss our writing assignments. That opened up an opportunity to get to know each other. The fact that it was a class requirement to talk with him one-on-one made it easier for me to get to know him and for him to get to know me."

"It's good to keep the students informed of their grades throughout the semester instead of waiting until the end. Communication's a big key."

"Having the teacher call me, it was a motivation. It made me feel like they do care about you and your well-being."

"I made it a point to try to get to know my instructors a little bit. So, if I do have a problem, they'll stay after class so I can sit there and talk to them."

"You should get to know your teachers: all of them. 'Cause my first semester, I really didn't try to get to know them, but if you get to know them better, it's like the class is almost easier 'cause you're more comfortable. You actually listen to them more."

"I got a 30 on my first test. My teacher didn't say anything. He just handed me the paper and said, 'Here you go.' He doesn't really care if I pass or fail."

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What is Student-Faculty Interaction?

In general, the more interaction students have with their teachers, the more likely they are to learn effectively and persist toward achievement of their educational goals. Personal interaction with faculty members strengthens students' connections to the college and helps them focus on their academic progress. Working with an instructor on a project or serving with faculty members on a college committee lets students see first-hand how experts identify and solve practical problems. Through such interactions, faculty members become role models, mentors, and guides for continuous, lifelong learning.

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Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Research and Service Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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