Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Online Student Life

Most campus-based colleges have some form of a “student activities” or “student life” office.  That office runs a slate of programs for students, ranging from co-curricular to extracurricular to just-for-fun.  (Rule of thumb: the office that runs “Spring Fling” is Student Life.)  The idea is to help students blow off steam, connect with each other, connect with the college, and engage more with the world.  It’s an ambitious agenda, often run on a shoestring, and I salute the people who do it well.

Astute readers will notice the phrase “campus-based” in the above paragraph.  

Has anyone seen a college do a good job of providing some sort of student life for online students?