Spreading the Word- Supporting Students’ Basic Needs with a Syllabus Statement and a Welcome Survey

December 2020

Sharing information about supports for students’ basic needs on course syllabi is an inexpensive, efficient, and effective way to raise awareness among both students and faculty. While syllabi are famously dense documents filled with course information, they are also communication devices that convey information about the institution’s values and policies. In addition to the syllabus statement, professors can help establish a culture of care in their classroom by inviting students to share a little information about themselves with a “welcome survey.” A welcome survey is a simple, yet powerful way to immediately start building a culture of care between the professor and students.