115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Do You Care?" The Impact of Empathy on Student Learning and Commitment

Dalia Juarez, "El Camino College, Compton Center"

This presentation discusses the impact that professors have on student learning, commitment, retention and success at the community college level. In other words, how much influence does faculty and staff have on a community college student’s feeling of belonging to a campus and how much does that feeling influence the student’s persistence and desire to stay enrolled, graduate and/or transfer?

 

Proposal: 

This presentation discusses the impact that professors have on student learning, commitment, retention and success at the community college level. In other words, how much influence does faculty and staff have on a community college student’s feeling of belonging to a campus and how much does that feeling influence the student’s persistence and desire to stay enrolled, graduate and/or transfer?

I’ve discovered through my own research conducted through extensive interviews at Compton College (then El Camino College, Compton Center) that professor’s attitudes, consistent interactions inside and outside of the classroom, and a demonstrations of both professional and personal interest in the student as a whole person directly influences student retention and success.

This empathy is key, especially as a pedagogical method during the difficult times of transition and acclimation for first generation students. Since this last election cycle, the emphasis on belonging is especially crucial for the underserved, first-generation, and other marginalized students on campus.