Advising and Counseling

I Don't Want These Students

Serve the students you have, not the students you wish you had.

George D. Kuh often expresses this sentiment when he is describing what DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practice) schools do. As Jason De Sousa puts it, schools are “obligated to work with the students they have, not those they wish they had,” and that great schools have figured out how to do this with excellence.

It’s easy to wish you were serving a different kind of student than the ones you have: smarter students, students who know how to work hard, men and women who aren’t juggling the hardships of life, school and work at the same time, students who don’t have financial burdens, and/or those who are eager for learning…not just the degree.

What we mean when we say we want different students is that we don’t value our students, the ones we have.

You… maybe… don’t want the students you have. Continue reading

At Pharos, we talk a lot about student care and what a university should provide. We go to tremendous lengths to work with you (our client) to see what your vision is for your campus and how we can adapt our services to fit your needs; it’s all about you and what you provide for your student.

As a full-time student and part-time intern with Pharos, I see how easy it is to get lost in your plans and forget that it all boils down to one question:

What do your students need?


So today I was asked to write about what a university owes its students from the perspective of a student, and I’m happy to oblige. I truly hope it helps your university and classrooms to understand what students really look for in your school. Continue reading

As a die-hard procrastinator, I am determined to give this life strategy the credit it deserves…
starting tomorrow.

Preaching to students about the dangers of procrastination has never worked for me — mostly because I embrace my own natural tendency to procrastinate. I decided long ago that sharing my strategies for taming and optimizing this habit is a much better use of my time. So instead of trying to convince students to start their work earlier, here are the five things I tell them that have helped me harness and optimize my gift of procrastination. Continue reading