Purpose of Connections
The University of North Carolina Greensboro is a learning institution that strives to provide students with a unique, diverse experience. The Department of Housing and Residence Life as an entity of the institution contributes to this goal by providing a living environment that is unmatched. In order to accomplish this goal, Resident Advisors (RAs) implement intentional interactions with their residents called Connections. Connections serve as a checkpoint for RAs to ensure residents are doing well, provide helpful resources, and mentorship.
Each connection period had a set of specific questions that Resident Advisors asked their residents. These questions prompted students to think about their goals, academics, and well-being so proper support and resources were provided to ensure success in their matriculation. The questions for each period were:
Period 1: January 29th-March 1st
- How are you doing?
- What are your goals for this semester?
Period 2: March 1st-April 12th
- Thinking about your academics, how are you doing this semester?
- What resources have been helpful to you this year/semester?
Highlight of Results
Even with this year being challenging with COVID-19, students were still focused on their academics, wanting to socialize and make friends, as well as accomplish the goals they set for themselves.
- 3,539 or 62.89% of students rated “Pretty Well” when asked how they were doing
- 3,872 or 69% of students had safe, social-distanced, in-person conversations with their RA.
- 3,344 referrals were made to campus resources such as the Academic Success Center, Student Support Services, and faculty office hours,
- 5,628 Connections were made during the Spring 2021 semester.
Students also shared their experiences this semester. This is what some of them had to say (responses were edited to protect identity of students):
- “Doing good overall and have only been a little stressed when it comes to class courses. New to UNCG and Cone Residence Hall this semester and really loves it and her roommate.”
- “Doing very well this semester and that after switching her major she is very happy. It was the best decision.”
- “The semester has been moving along nicely for her and she’s looking forward to graduation.”
Overall, residential students at UNCG felt good being in the halls and at the institution as well as sought out and were provided resources. The full report is below.