Tag Archives: Co-Curricular

Sustaining a Co-Curricular Record

I'm really excited to see it advance. My Spartan Story gives us all a reason to be excited about the future of student experiences at MSU.
Bill Heinrich

By Bill Heinrich My Spartan Story (MSU’s co-curricular record) hit two big milestones so far in 2020 that will help sustain the initiative. In February 2020 the accreditation coordinator for the campus asked to include this initiative in their update of MSU’s accreditation materials. The Higher Learning Commission, MSU’s accreditor, looks to ensure that: “Co-curricular…

A future comprehensive record and campus level pedagogical approach

social media image. Quote about the new co-curricular record

At MSU’s Student Success Launch (Monday, September 17, 2018), we, Scott, Heather, and Bill, had the opportunity to present and discuss our thinking and vision for a Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) at MSU. The CLR (a term used at universities across the nation) is a way to visualize, share, and demonstrate various student learning artifacts…

Coming Full Circle with the Co-Curricular Record: A Reflection

I always thought it would be amazing for an institution to highlight the meaningful work students were engaging outside of the classroom, and the Co-Curricular Record is a tool to accomplish such an endeavor.

By Eric Kang When I was in undergrad, I used to tell my friends that I was working towards two degrees, one in psychobiology and another in co-curricular activities. My friends would laugh because they knew exactly what I meant about the latter degree, understanding my high level of involvement at the university in various…

Tracking Co-Curricular Contributions to Student Success at MSU

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By Heather Shea, Assistant Program Director, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment For several decades now, evidence collected by higher education scholars (e.g., Astin, 1993; Cress, Astin, Zimmerman-Oster, & Burkhardt, 2001; Kuh, 2008; Wolf-Wendel, Ward, & Kinzie, 2009) indicates that student involvement in purposeful out-of-class or “co-curricular” activities has positive effects on students’ academic…

Reculturing a Co-Curricular Conversation: Thinking on Scope, Validation, & Technology

A group of students work together on white boards.

Encountering and addressing the challenges of a new campus-wide record. This is the second post about the emerging Co-Curricular Record at MSU. Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment, Hub; Heather Shea, Assistant Program Director, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment Academic progress is regularly complemented by learning outside of courses at most campuses, including ours.…

What is a Co-Curricular Record and Why Does MSU Need One?

A student speaks with a visitor at a presentation gallery.

Purpose, Definitions, and Positioning.  By Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment, Hub & Heather Shea, Assistant Program Director, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment   Student academic success is regularly complemented and enhanced by out-of-class learning at most campuses, including ours. Yet, how do we know what students’ experiences outside of the formal classroom at Michigan State…