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Lecture: 'Invisible Learning: The Shared Imperative of Student Wellness for College Success'

Friday, 05 April, 2019

The University’s Core Committee and the Faculty Mentoring and Advising Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences will host Ashley Finley, Ph.D., vice president for civic engagement and community with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU), for a lecture, “Invisible Learning: The Shared Imperative of Student Wellness for College Success,” at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in Room 0600, Morrissey Hall.

Finley’s research and campus consultations focus on connecting best practices for program implementation, assessment design, and equity with institutional outcomes for student success. A significant component of her work is focused on connecting students’ personal development (such as resilience, belonging, identity, and sense of purpose) with their learning and civic engagement.

Her publications include Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-impact Practices (with co-author Tia McNair), Civic Learning and Teaching; Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices; and “Well-Being: An Essential Outcome for Higher Education.”

Her SLU lecture will situate student wellness initiatives within a broad framework that includes both curricular and co-curricular learning experiences.

Abstract: As campus leaders focus on innovative ways to improve students’ cognitive development, we often overlook the ways in which learning experiences contribute to students’ well-being and sense of personal and social development. In connecting learning and well-being, campus conversations about “whole student development” can explore the innovative territory between the curriculum and co-curriculum where perseverance, self-confidence, and resilience in the face of failure are seen as valued parts of the learning process, not just (invisible) fringe benefits.

The lecture is open to all members of the SLU community.