Holistic Student Financial Wellness at a Large Community College
Dr. Jack Popovich, Columbus State Community College
Desiree Polk-Blank, Columbus State Community College
At our urban community college, we took on the challenge of removing all non-academic barriers to student success. There has been progress on many fronts including workshops, in-class content lessons, educational videos, food pantry hubs, peer training, an upcoming food market, and partnerships related to housing, transportation, and child care. Come hear about our progress and share your ideas in this conversational session.
Evaluation for Beginners: Improve Your Program & Tell Your Story
Amy Marty Conrad, National Endowment for Financial Education
Raven Newberry, National Endowment for Financial Education
Sarah Volk, National Endowment for Financial Education
Evaluation gives us direction as to what works and what can be improved or changed. But if you’re feeling intimidated by evaluating your work, it can be difficult to know where to start. This session will dive into evaluation basics and walk you through a tutorial for putting together a well-planned financial education assessment, including a hands-on evaluation exercise.
Digging Deeper: Using Financial Therapy to Reduce Student Financial Stress
Nathan Astle, Kansas State University
Financial stress has been linked with reduction in enrolled hours, subjective well-being, and increased risk for depression. Though many financial education programs focus on increasing financial wellness and reducing financial stress, many fall short of making long-term financial behaviors in their students. These programs forget to focus on the emotional aspect of financial behavior. This session will give program staff basic financial therapy skills to reduce financial stress in students.
How Everybody Wins: Lessons Learned While Creating an Emergency Resources Model
Dr. Michelle Rosemond, Indiana University South Bend
Erin Brown, Indiana University South Bend
Julie Hogget, Indiana University South Bend
Cynthia Murphy, Michelle Rosemond, Indiana University South Bend
Integrating an emergency resources model at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) is complex. To unpack this complexity, (IUSB) facilitates robust discussions, reviews retention data, and organizes cross-functional collaborations to systematized emergency relief efforts. Together the campus community discovers the biggest “Win,” that it takes a village to address the gap for students facing financial hardships.
Failure to Launch? Advancing the Case for Financial Wellness Curriculum Interventions
Cathy Snyder, James Madison University
A research study surveyed groups of underclassmen students relative to their entry & exit-level financial knowledge within two distinct GenEd courses. The study sought to answer: What do students know about personal finance when they arrive at college?, What role do parents play in shaping that knowledge?, & If we teach financial wellness, will it better prepare students to navigate life in & out of college? Assessment tools, study results, & curriculum structure will be shared.
Burn Bright, Don't Burn Out
Angela Mazzolini, Financial Counseling Consultant
Burnout, or physical and emotional exhaustion due to the stress of working conditions, is all too familiar for those in higher education. This introspective and informative session will highlight the signs of burnout and research-based self-care practices to combat it. We will also discuss how job burnout impacts the field of higher education financial wellness on a larger scale. Participants will develop a plan for self-care and stress reduction in order to burn bright without burning out.