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Caring Campus: Intro to Caring Campus


You Belong Here

Students go where they feel welcome and stay where they feel cared for.

The idea of a Caring Campus is supported by years of research documenting that students who feel connected to their college are more likely to finish their courses, continue from one semester to the next, and reach their educational goals.


The core benefit of this approach is developing a culture focused on increasing meaningful connections with students, especially those who have not had an experienced adult in an educational system who cared about them. 

- Institute for Evidence-Based Change


Educators empowered to help all students reach their goals.

Big Blue Podcast with Cindy Shanks

On this Big Blue Podcast Cindy Shanks, Dean of Engaged Learning, talks about TCC's Caring Campus Initiative and the four main strategies to help student success. TCC President Leigh Goodson and AVP for Academic and Campus Operations Dr. Greg Stone host the episode.

Listen to the conversation with Cindy Shanks now.

You can listen to or download all podcasts on Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible, Apple Podcasts, Player FM, Audacy, Google Podcasts, Gaana, Boomplay, and Deezer. Just search podcasts for “TCC Big Blue".

Caring Campus at TCC

About Caring Campus

We aim to create a welcoming atmosphere for our students at TCC. It is crucial to genuinely connect with them in a caring manner, acknowledging the diversity of their backgrounds. 

As a faculty, our objective is to enhance our commitment to building strong connections with students. We strive to establish an environment that embodies a 'caring campus.'

We seek to empower our faculty with the necessary tools to ensure every student feels a sense of belonging at TCC.

Student Engagement Practices

The TCC Caring Campus team worked to identify several practices faculty members engage in that likely contribute to healthy student retention and persistence rates. They are:

  1. Creating an environment of empathy and compassion
  2. Connecting with students and making ourselves accessible
  3. Providing our students with clear and complete expectations
  4. Assigning graded work early in the course and frequently throughout the course, while providing students with relevant and supportive feedback

For more information please contact: Brian Benson at

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