Identifying and helping at-risk students

“Faculty members and graduate student instructors can play a key role in identifying ‘at-risk’ students or, more specifically, students who are likely to fail or perform poorly academically. Factors linked to poor academic performance vary widely, and include mental health status, social anxiety, socio-economic status, insufficient academic preparation, poor study skills, learning disabilities, status as first-generation college students, family disruptions, work responsibilities and a whole range of other issues. Because teaching faculty interact regularly with students, they may be uniquely positioned to identify such factors. By identifying at-risk students and implementing interventions, such as personalized instruction or referral to the…

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Guidelines for teaching in a diverse classroom

Zhiwen Xu Diversity Intern “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” ― Mahatma Gandhi We live in a diverse world. The University of Pittsburgh reflects our whole society on a micro level with students, faculty, staff and visitors from different races, nationalities, religions, cultural backgrounds, ideas, perspectives, and knowledge levels working together, generating sparks through the empowerment of different thoughts and values. The 2016-17 academic year has been designated as the University’s Year of Diversity, with the goal of fostering mutual understanding and appreciation of the differences among us. These differences can…

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