Student Success

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The Student Success program is designed to support new students as they become fully connected and active members of the Anderson University community. We understand that providing new students with an experience that focuses on connections with other students, a faculty mentor, and many institutional resources throughout the first year allows the success rate of students continuing to their sophomore year to greatly improve.

The program includes orientation, academic courses, and a mentoring program. Each mentor group consists of 16-18 freshman students and is led by a faculty mentor as well as a student peer mentor. Mentors work with students during the first semester to walk with students and help provide opportunities for them to succeed.

What does Student Success mean to us?

  • each student connects with the right academic program to fulfill their dreams
  • students connect with individuals in and out of the classroom
  • students realize God’s purpose for their lives
  • graduates are equipped to live a life of faith and service
Mentoring Program

Peer Mentors are an integral part of assisting students to the rigors of college. Starting with orientation, Peer Mentors will support the new students all throughout their first year as they make their home here at AU. They are here to answer any questions you may have and offer advice on what’s what on campus. Along with assisting in teaching the First-Year Seminar class with the faculty mentors, Peer Mentors are here to help make the transition into college smooth and stress-free.

Faculty Mentors will actively engage one Peer Mentor along with a group of 18-20 new students (Mentor Group) for the academic year, with the purpose of facilitating a positive college experience by networking, providing accountability and creative ways of fostering community.

First Year Seminar

The First Year Seminar is an extended orientation to our campus community that prepares Ravens for AU’s mission of living a life of faith and service. The seminar introduces students to Anderson University’s community at large, and it provides them with a smaller learning community in their individual cohort, which is led by a Faculty Mentor and Peer Mentor.

In class, students work both independently and together to Reflect, Connect, and Grow intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually. While it’s perhaps impossible to develop deeply in all of these areas via a one-credit course, the FYE Seminar allows students to begin exploring how they want to grow as whole people through self-reflection activities and by giving them the necessary knowledge to meet their college goals.

Alongside this pursuit, students learn about the unique community that is their home for the next four years by studying AU’s five core values: Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity. This focus allows students to understand more profoundly the character of AU’s community, which is something we Ravens are proud to call our own.

Student Success FAQ

What is a Mentor Group?
A mentor group is comprised of your Peer Mentor, Faculty Mentor, and a group of 18-20 new students. This is the group with which you will have the First-Year Seminar and your Liberal Arts Seminar. Everyone is going through the same experience together so no one feels out of the loop.

Do I have to stay with my group throughout the entire orientation process?
Your mentor group is designed to be a support system for those first few months on campus away from home to give you a sense of stability. Since this is the group of people that you will be for the entire first year, we recommend spending all scheduled activities of orientation with them to build a foundation of friendship and trust. You will also have plenty of opportunities to build friendships with your floor mates and other friends you have made during your time here at AU.

What if I am an athlete? What do I do during Orientation?
Fall athletes (football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country) will already be on campus when the rest of the new students move in. Athletes will still be assigned a mentor group and are encouraged to attend group activities when possible. President’s Convocation, first group meeting, and faculty mentor home visit are all required events for you to attend. We understand that there will be practices and meetings that will pull you away from the group. This is why athletics has their own orientation they attend to become acquainted with the school’s rules and policies.

What all will I do with my Mentor group?
Peer Mentors will be available to answer any questions that new student may have regarding academics, spiritual life, or social life here at AU. Mentor Groups will be together throughout the entire Orientation process. They will participate in the Service Project together, sit through sessions together, eat many meals together, visit Faculty Mentor homes, and much more. Peer Mentors will be in charge of planning events and dinners for their group not only during orientation but throughout the whole year. Events may include game nights, going to AU CAB events together, movie marathons, trips to Indianapolis, or Deluxe Donuts runs.

Do I have to take the First Year Seminar my first semester?
Yes. This class is required of all new students. When you register for classes, you will automatically be registered for this class. You will be in this class with the same people in your mentor group that you go through Orientation with.

Student Success Objectives

Building Community

  • By exploring the Christian mission, history, and heritage of Anderson University and the importance of a liberal arts education.
  • By assisting new students with their integration into the college life at Anderson University through pursuing a thoughtful and informed faith, committing to a lifestyle of service, and engaging in a local community of believers.

By actively pursuing their own educational experience — understanding how the university works by being able to locate, access, and use appropriate services and resources when needed.

  • The Center for Career and Calling is here to provide the free tools and guidance necessary to plan for a career after graduation day.
  • At Counseling Services you can find caring, professional, and confidential support when you need it, and all services are free to students.
  • The Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence offers both group and individualized programs and tutoring to help increase efficiency in writing, reading, and learning strategies. Services are free to all students. Also housed in the KACE are Disability Services for Students and Educational Support Services.
  • The Nicholson Library staff and resources play a significant role in the student experience and ultimately student success. We engage students with diverse ideas and information to spark curiosity, imagination, and collaboration; foster critical thinking and scholarship, and transform them for lifelong faith and service.

Developing an Understanding Self & Others

  • By learning about the expectations both academically, and as a responsible participant in the AU and outside the community.
  • By exploring leadership opportunities both inside and outside the AU community.

Incorporating Strategies for Success

  • By identifying and using relevant personal learning styles to improve study skills including time management, communication etiquette, and effective reading, listening, note-taking, and test-taking strategies.
  • By demonstrating the effective use of library and internet resources
  • By assisting students to develop meaningful education plans by utilizing advisors and mentor support personnel to help them plan, select, schedule, and register for classes.