Katherine Kraft Harris ’39 died at Westminster Canterbury Richmond (Va.) on April 23 at the age of 93. Katie, as she was called, was born in Des Moines, Iowa and educated in the public schools there. She attended Grinnell College for her freshman year and then transferred to the University of Iowa, where she was chosen Pep Queen for 1936. She was a member of the Beta Zeta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and earned a B.A., with a certificate in journalism, in 1938.
All adults need help sometimes. In fact, one of the little known facts of being a successful adult is knowing how to use your resources. This stands in contrast to the idea that going off to college means being "independent" and doing everything by yourself. Part of independence actually involves being resourceful and asking questions when you are stuck.
Grinnell's academics are demanding. That means that everyone has questions from time to time. Even your faculty ask each other questions. Seeking out answers is part of being successful.
The Academic Resource Centers (ARC) are a network of professionals who have expertise in teaching a variety of academic skills. We work together to support your success.
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Advising as Teaching: Creating an Advising Syllabus -Academic advising can be viewed as part of the teaching and learning process and articulated as such to your students. An advising syllabus reinforces this message to your student: that advising time is an extension of your teaching role and you have specific learning goals for them, and they have specific responsibilities in the process. Examples of advising syllabi can be found on the Dean's Office web page.
SUGGESTIONS FOR ADVISERS/SUPPORT PEOPLE IN ACADEMIC HONESTY HEARINGS
During preparation for a hearing, students may approach their academic adviser, another professor, a member of the Student Affairs staff, or a Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) to assist them in preparing their case. Advisers may use these guidelines at whatever point they become involved in assisting a student. Remember that you are not being asked to serve as legal counsel, but simply to assist a student through a procedure that they may find stressful.
BEFORE THE HEARING:
Coaching Students Who Request a Letter of Recommendation
Every faculty member gets requests from students for letters of recommendation, for internships, off-campus study, graduate school and jobs. Here is an example of a best practice in pro-actively coaching advisees or students who may request such a letter. Similarly, this may be something you opt to include in an advising syllabus, or on your professional webpage.
Sample email to students who may request a letter of recommendation
First Year Self-Evaluation.doc - this useful tool, adapted from a similar resource at Lawrence University, allows for a structured conversation with your student in his/her first semester at Grinnell. Often advisers seek to "check in" with their Tutees, but aren't sure what questions to ask or how to get the conversation going.