Motlow and MTSU student success teams collaborate at recent workshop

Leaders from Motlow State and Middle Tennessee State University recently joined in a workshop designed to support Motlow graduates who are transferring to MTSU. Leadership at both institutions recognize the value of collaborative work designed to improve equity, inclusion and diversity. Pictured, l-r: Dr. Mika’il Petin, assistant vice president of student success at Motlow, and Dr. Danny Kelley, assistant vice president for student affairs at MTSU. Motlow Staff Photo.

Leaders from Motlow State and Middle Tennessee State University recently joined in a workshop designed to support Motlow graduates who are transferring to MTSU. Leadership at both institutions recognize the value of collaborative work designed to improve equity, inclusion and diversity. Pictured, l-r: Dr. Mika’il Petin, assistant vice president of student success at Motlow, and Dr. Danny Kelley, assistant vice president for student affairs at MTSU. Motlow Staff Photo.

Representatives from the student success divisions at Motlow State and MTSU recently participated in a workshop on the Motlow Smyrna campus as part of a collaborative effort to support Motlow graduates that are transferring to MTSU.

The workshop allowed the sharing of information and discussion about current and future student involvement programs between the two institutions, and the assessment of programs students attended last year.

Motlow’s Student Success Division and MTSU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership are genuinely sharing ideals regarding quality, content, and objectives that will not only enrich experiences for students on Motlow campuses, but also in Murfreesboro.
— Dr. Mika'il Petin, assistant vice president of student success at Motlow.

Leadership at the two institutions recognizes the value of and supports the collaborative work of the student success teams as they provide programs designed to deliver improved equity, inclusion and diversity.

“Opportunities such as the workshop will hopefully undergird the pipeline between the College and Middle Tennessee State University,” said Dr. Mika'il A. Petin, assistant vice president of student success at Motlow. “Our students will benefit from programming, for example, that will develop through future collaborations and intentional planning. Motlow’s Student Success Division and MTSU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership are genuinely sharing ideals regarding quality, content, and objectives that will not only enrich experiences for students on Motlow campuses, but also in Murfreesboro.”

Supporting this recognition by leadership are the findings from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) which verify that student engagement —involvement, integration, and quality of effort in social and academic collegiate experiences — is significantly related to student learning, persistence, and academic attainment.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to interact with the Motlow staff to continue identifying opportunities that we can make available to Motlow students who are coming to our campus,” said Dr. Danny R. Kelley, assistant vice president for student affairs at MTSU. “MTSU is quite frequently the choice for Motlow graduates upon completion of their associate degree. Offering involvement programs on campus prior to their matriculation provides forums to interact with their future peers, experience the array of out-of-classroom activities available, and helps them feel connected to MTSU prior to stepping on campus as newly enrolled students”.

One such effort is The Bridge Leadership Summit held in February. The program, designed for students who are new to leadership positions or are aspiring leaders, shares effective and appropriate leadership strategies that should be used in today’s world and which will lead to organizational success and inclusive excellence.

“At Motlow we are very intentional about connecting with MTSU, as we consider ourselves to be a part of the MTSU family,” said Dr. Phyllis Adams, professor of speech and theatre at Motlow who was instrumental in organizing and presenting the Bridge program. “We are excited to continue working to make events more inviting and meaningful to students.”