Academic Senate hosts student panel in final meeting of academic year

The Academic Senate hosted a panel of eight LCC students during its final regular meeting of the 2018-19 school year.

The students brought a diversity of LCC experiences to the panel. Three students had gone through the Early College and three were involved in the High School Diploma Completion Initiative, or HSDCI. Several students were recent graduates, having celebrated at commencement the night before the Senate meeting. One student had come to LCC to learn English and is now working in the Learning Commons tutoring students in writing.

Students were asked which resources have been most useful to them in their time at the college. Many cited the success coaches, Learning Commons and Writing Center. Most stated they learned about available resources from a success coach, mentor, orientation or faculty member.

Several students also talked about how LCC provided them with a chance to succeed when they had previously struggled. In particular, the Early College and HSDCI students talked about how high school was not a good fit for them, but the community and mentoring provided by LCC was key to their success. The student who came to LCC to learn English said he initially didn’t trust anyone or want to communicate, but now “sees LCC as family.”

After general questions from the moderator, senators had an opportunity to ask questions of the entire panel. Each student then sat at a table with a group of senators for further discussion and lunch.

Senators agreed it would be helpful to host regular student panels during meetings.

The Senate plans to hold a summer meeting 9-11 a.m. Friday, July 13, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Check the Monday operations emails for confirmation of that date.