The Differences Between High School and College and the Importance of Student-Faculty Interaction for College Success
by Dr. Drew Appleby, IUPUI Professor of Psychology
Page 2: The importance of the connections students can make with faculty and staff
Years of research in higher education support the fact that student-faculty interaction positively impacts many aspects of a student's success, including college satisfaction, persistence (not dropping out), academic performance (GPA), and graduation.
In High School, it is the responsibility of teachers to make sure that students learn. In College, it is the responsibility of faculty to provide students with an environment in which to learn, but it is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of this environment. This is a natural part of the healthy transition from passive learner to active learner.
In High School, it is the responsibility of teachers to get to know their students. In College, it is the responsibility of students to help their teachers to get to know them. This is a natural part of the healthy transition from childhood to adulthood and from high school to college to the world of work