leave advising services

"A Break Should NOt Be an Exit"

OVERVIEW

Every term, schools must work with individuals and families to arrange students’ time away from school. Whatever the circumstances of this pivotal decision, making the leave as collaborative an experience as possible increases the likelihood of a student’s successful return to campus. Despite the best intentions, those who opt for a leave of absence without proper, prescribed supports encounter anticipated and unforeseen challenges that often weaken or dissolve the student’s relationship with their school.  

True, deadlines are agreed to and forms are shared and signed before the leave occurs. Yet the student - often upset and anxious or relieved, yet unsure, about taking the leave - is solely accountable for following the proper protocols to return to school at or following the designated time. 

Unfortunately, students don’t always make it back. Many that manage to do so remain unprepared and no more equipped to prevent successive leaves of absence than before their departure. Here are some of the most prevalent reasons why:

  1. The plan for their time away was not followed, even if some steps were executed.

  2. Critical deadlines were missed for a range of fiscal, logistical, and administrative matters.

  3. A lack of support or advising regarding key contributors to their leave, such as receiving mental health support or seeking academic accommodations, went unaddressed.

 

Our program bridges these gaps. 

We work directly with the students and caregivers on practical, individualized plans to facilitate beneficial leaves and re-enrollment. This allows schools to remain focused on their enrolled students, while students on leave take the time away that they need and return to campus more prepared to move forward in their academic journeys. 

Program Features

Campus Culture Group offers preemptive services before a leave of absence has been determined or even considered.  An exploratory conversation can occur with a student at any point during the school year or during breaks to evaluate if an immediate or eventual leave of absence is advisable, possible or, in some cases, inevitable.

Some Benefits to the School

  • Our program helps lower attrition rates by ensuring leave expectations are met.

  • Students maintain school affinity through having a supportive and affirming leave of absence that makes them accountable without being isolated.

  • Students further strengthen school affinity by experiencing a positive re-enrollment process.

  • Ultimately, a higher likelihood of future alumni giving results from maintaining a natural pathway to donations after graduation and career entry.

  • Current alumni giving could be bolstered by informing donors of lowered attrition rates and noting the school’s expanded support of current students. 

  • Enrolled students who find themselves struggling or considering a leave witness the positive re-enrollment of their peers, which contributes to a more affirming campus culture/atmosphere.

 

Some Benefits to the Student

  • Students maintain their agency and privacy while on leave. 

  • Our experienced team creates a strategy and care plan that extends beyond re-enrollment.

  • Students/families reduce the likelihood of lost tuition dollars due to uninformed leaves and poorly planned re-enrollment.

  • Students receive a partner and advocate focused on presenting a holistic range of options during their break from school.

  • Gathering a practical and deeper knowledge of the resources available to them on and off campus, students are empowered to tap into their own resiliency and better navigate services upon their return.

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