Welcome to STARS
STARS (The Strategic Team for the Advancement and Retention of Students) engages students, faculty, and staff in dialogue about teaching and learning. At STARS workshops and events, we provide strategies for students to be successful in college and offer faculty useful information and handouts they can use in their classes to help and motivate students. STARS gives students a chance to hear faculty/staff perspectives while giving faculty/staff insight into the student point of view. Besides offering practical help, our sessions provide inspiration to continue learning.
History of the STARS Program
Since receiving a FIPSE grant in 2003, STARS has brought together hundreds of participants to discuss effective teaching and learning. The idea is that students--with the help of faculty--can learn to set goals and monitor their progress. Students who have attended STARS events have said that getting the faculty perspective has been eye-opening. One student commented, "I had no idea that teachers cared so much about my learning." Faculty, too, have gained insight into students' points of view. For students to begin to take responsibility for their success, they also need to feel they share responsibility for helping to define the direction their learning takes.
Spring 2013 STARS events
The STARS Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students plans events. Anyone is welcome to join. We meet on the first Thursday of each month during the fall and spring semesters in the Faculty/Staff Resource Center (LARC 200). The STARS Committee is a work group that reports to the LAVC Student Success Committee. Click here for more information, agendas, and minutes.