MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Thousands of students are heading to the University of South Alabama today for the first day of the fall semester of 2022. In addition to academics, school officials want students to be more engaged with the school.
The pandemic disrupted many traditions – student groups were not immune from it either. This is especially true for student groups that depend on face-to-face meetings to maintain interest.
Fraternities and sororities, along with clubs, have seen some decline since the pandemic. There is a desire for more students to be more involved with what is happening in the school
“We know from research that students who are engaged and connected to a campus are more likely to stay and be retained and graduate, so connectedness is a big part of the equation for success at any institution,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Mike Mitchell. He adds that it’s also good to remind freshmen that they need to show up to class to be successful. For some first-graders, it’s the first time they’ve had to get to school without a parent or guardian to keep them on schedule.