Student Organization Training

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Student Organization Training

Posted by Missy Burgess on Jul 5, 2019 2:31 pm

Hi All! Looking for some idea sharing here. I have been tasked with reimagining our student organization training. We currently do one mandatory training in the fall and one optional in the spring. We are recognizing the need to do more on specific topics- finances, travel, event planning, etc. Our challenge is that when we have done these trainings in the past, they have not been well attended. My questions are:
1) Other than the one mandatory all group training, what trainings do you offer your student organizations?
2) Are they required or incentivized in any way?
3) What is the attendance like?
4) What format are they in?
5) Do you have any resources you could point me to?
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Re: Student Organization Training

Posted by Jez Catambay-Lopez on Jul 10, 2019 12:47 pm

Hi Missy!  

Your question is very timely, as I'm sure many of us are looking to revamp training for our student orgs. 

At Georgia State, we have had some success by including a short training session in our monthly Inter-club Council meetings to cover topics relevant to club needs.  Our ICC meetings are mandatory for clubs that receive activity-fee funding.  I am looking to move our clubs to 1 mandatory in-person training in the fall and several online sessions using either Blackboard or Stacks as the platform.  My team is in the process of building out some training modules now to cover basics of club leadership, as well as some of the same topics you're looking to have training for.  We're leaning towards a mix of slides & videos to cover the topics, with some quizzes built in.  

Re: Student Organization Training

Posted by Jenn Cook on Jul 11, 2019 6:27 pm

Jez, I would love to see examples of what you are building right now if you are willing to share! And if anyone else has already-built examples, please sure. I hear from our students a lot that we don't prepare them enough for leadership and what it entails to run an organization, beyond all the policies and procedures. We are building a schedule of various workshops with our leadership office throughout the year and hoping to post some online as well, after a shorter mandatory training at the start of the year with the need-to-know info and updates.

Jenn 

Re: Student Organization Training

Posted by Jess Shapiro on Jul 15, 2019 2:58 pm

Below is some information about Ithaca College's process from Mary Holland-Bavis, Associate Director of Student Involvement in the Office of Student Engagement.  She can be reached at meholland@ithaca.edu for any follow-up questions.
Hello!
We decided to incorporate our student organization training into the re-recognition process, which each organization is required to complete every Fall. We require the President, Treasurer and One Other Officer to attend a workshop. It doesn’t have to be the same one, but it can be if they want. The only way we knew this would work is by offering a TON of them, which we do. Throughout the month of September, we offer three workshops a week. October, two a week. November and December, one a week. I have a team of four students who help develop and present the workshops, but I’m hosting a lot of them myself too. Since I recognize the students are only going to attend one, I don’t feel the need to present an entirely different workshop every time. When I started this, I want to ensure that the workshops were fun, engaging and useful – the intention was that every student leader who leaves the workshop would have something to bring back to their organization. This includes workshops on team building, communication, problem solving, conflict management, etc. After some assessment, there were some students who requested workshops on navigating Engage (formerly Orgsync), so I’ll be adding some of those this year. Our student government does require the treasurer to attend a funding 101 session to be eligible to request funding, so we’ve also added those workshops onto the schedule (two birds, one stone). Each workshop typically has a good amount of students, at least 10. I have the students fill out a sign-in sheet on their way out to get credit. Hope this is helpful!

Re: Student Organization Training

Posted by Jennifer Grossman Leopard on Jul 16, 2019 8:45 am

Here are answers for Penn State.

1) Other than the one mandatory all group training, what trainings do you offer your student organizations?
We do 1 Presidents session, 1 Treasurer session, 3 breakout sessions (Marketing, Funding and Fundraising, and Programming Best Practices)

2) Are they required or incentivized in any way?
Presidents MUST go to the President session, Treasurers MUST go to the Treasurer session,  anyone from the group can go to AT LEAST 2 of the 3 breakouts.

3) What is the attendance like?
Great as they are mandatory or they get suspended.

4) What format are they in?
In person for now.  We are trying to get them into Canvas.

5) Do you have any resources you could point me to?
https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/involvement-student-life/student-organizations/training-development/mandatory-officer-training