Student Caring - A Podcast for Professors
Join professors de Roulet and Pecoraro as they encourage professors to achieve success.

How to Identify and Fix a Bad Class

What Happens When a Class Goes Bad?

What do you do with a dead class?
What do you do when a class isn’t working?
This is not for the faint of heart.
It is our hope that this information will prevent the Professor from receiving poor course evaluations - or worse.
OR - taking away from the quality of learning.

For our student listeners, we hope that information will give you some insights into some of the challenges your professors may be dealing with.

A moment of truth, albeit - too late, is when you open the sealed envelope containing your course evaluations - often, months after the course has ended


- At the last minute, a professor is unable to teach a course and you take over.
- The professor who taught these students prior to your arrival taught very differently. This situation is very common, someone leaves a university and takes a different job, retires, or passes away. - The current student population, and the new Prof. are forced into a transitionary situation -sometimes overnight.
- When the professor designed the course, they deviated from the course description, which the students read when they registered for the course.
- The professor was just hired shortly before the class began did not have adequate time to design the course.
- The professor did not take the time “get to know who their students are” when they designed the course.
- The professor does not know how to design a course.

Some symptoms might be:
- Students are not engaged.
- Students drop early in the semester
- A student or students tell the Prof. the class is not working.
- Attendance problems.
- Lack of participation.
- Lack of community atmosphere in the class.
- Students not doing well with the materiel.
- Obvious lack of professor respect.
- Professor’s attitude toward the class changes.

- Students can complain to the professor

In our next podcast, we will continue with this topic and discuss solutions.
Well, thank you very much for listening to this episode and sincerely hope that we have provided you with some helpful information.

We welcome your feedback to this podcast and our work:
You May:
Go to iTunes and write a review
Email us! Daniel:
Respond to the BLOG on STUDENTCARING . COM
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1 - (855) NEWWAY- CARE       That’s - 1 -(855) 639-9292

This episode was recorded on: Thursday, March 1, 2012


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Until next time:  Keep Caring!

And now, with gratitude to my son, Joseph   <> - for our guitar music.



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David is interviewed by Daniel about a course that he teaches designed to help student make the transition from college to career.

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SC 10 Rebuilding the Bridge: Responding to Change in the Higher Education Landscape

From Waikiki, Daniel reads his paper to the atendees: Rebuilding the Bridge: Responding to Change in the Higher Education Landscape.

The audio quality will sound a little different than what you are are accustomed to from us because we used microphones which pick up the entire conference room.

The setting is a conference room at the Hilton - Waikiki Beach.

Just outside of the room is a swimming pool - in case you wonder about the background noise.

This was recorded during an afternoon session on January 5, 2012. 

If you would like to receive a copy of this paper presentation, REBUILDING THE BRIDGE: RESPONDING TO CHANGE IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION LANDSCAPE - Please go to and subscribe to our newsletter.

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SC 09 What We Learned at the Hawaiian International Conference on Higher Education

From Waikiki - The Student Caring Project

Professors de Roulet and Pecoraro share their experiences from the Hawaiian International Conference on Higher Education from Waikiki Beach. (YouTube Version) The Student Caring Project encourages students, parents, and professors to focus, first, on -Student Caring- as a way of solving the problems in higher education today.

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The final days of a class...

- Recorded on December 6, 2011

- Success story from listener, Dave Stachowiak who tried beginning his class with an exercise to engage with the students as opposed to spending the entire session on the syllabus.

  • We are in that last week of instruction and finals.
    - Students are in a high-stress state of mind.
    What are professors are thinking about?
    - Looking forward to the end of the term.
    - Looking ahead to the next term. We are continually revise our courses.
    - Students who live in the dorms are packing up to move out for a month.
    - Students are working hard to prepare for their finals.
    - Students and professors are on the same track at this time of the year which can result in stressful teaching and cramming.
    - This is a busy time of year for professors.
    - Our students are over tired, nervous, stressed and tend to be more accident prone.
    What are students thinking about?
    - Finals!
    - Preparing to travel and go home for the holiday break.
    - The red zone. When students do not have as much to do.
    - Life insists on crashing in on our carefully planned schedules. Life and family issues which were not a big part of their schedules during a semester, are now about to return to their lives.
    - David shares a creative solution to using unexpected lab fees to help out his students during a mini-class graduation ceremony at the end of the semester.
  • Students do not always have a lot of friends to turn to during this time of the year.
    - Daniels is trying to get his students to calm down and reflect on what has been learned as opposed to panic study. He encourages his students to write final exam questions so they may think calmly and reflectively near the end of the term.
    - The last class is very important. Focusing on: What can you do with this information? Examples of students who have come before them and what they have done with this information.
    - The Christmas rush is on all of our minds, this is a time to calm down and reflect.
    - Since our journey together is coming to an end, it can be sad.
    We would like to hear from you, our listeners, what have you observed which was wonderful student caring?


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- We are signing off for the semester and we thank you for joining us during this semester.

- Our next podcast will be broadcast from Waikiki, Hawaii where we will be presenting at the Hawaii International Conference on Higher Education.
- The tentative schedule for are events is:
Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 3:00pm
Workshop:  Student Caring:  Reinventing the College Learning Environment
Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 4:45pm
Paper: Rebuilding the Bridge:  Responding to Changes in the Higher Education Landscape
Friday, January 6, 2012 at 3:00pm in the Kona Moku Room
Poster Presentation:  Student Caring:  Reinventing the College Classroom

We are having our first, Student Caring Meet-Up on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:00pm
Location TBA.
If your are interested in joining us please email us at:

We wish you a warm holiday - like we are looking forward to.

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Advice for Parents

Parents and College Students - Part 2 / Knowing who your students are today - Parental & Professorial Hopes
The Podcast Outline:
We welcome our newest International listeners:
The Republic of Korea
Saudi Arabia
The United Kingdom

We wanted to remind you about our upcoming speaking engagement at the International Conference on Higher Education. It will be January 5-8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Their website is: Registration is still open.

We will be hosting a gathering on Wakiki Beach  where we would love to meet with you to talk about student caring and higher education.

In this podcast we’ll discuss what parents, students, professors and administrators these do about the very real fears.

As we discussed in our last podcast - here is our list of common parental fears:
- My kid will major in the wrong thing and never make money.
- My kid will not be able get a job.
- My student is wasting the talents which I have observed them to process.
- My child will not be safe in college.
- My child will never settle on an major, they keep changing it.
- My child will not act responsibly and keep up with his or her class work.
- I worry that the cost of the education will not pay off.
- Will child will act socially irresponsibly and get into trouble.
- My child will radically change. / I will not know him / her anymore.
- I will never see them again. / They will move away.
- Empty nest syndrome. / What do I do now? / What is my job now / Is my job done?
- My child has significant health / sociological needs - who will take care of them in college?
- Who will make sure that my student is getting good grades?
- I did not send my child to the right school. / My child did not select right school.
- I did not save / invest enough money for their education.
- My child will mess up and not finish their degree.
- My child will not good enough grades to advance into graduate studies.

- My child will earn their degree and get a job a good job.
- My child will find a lifelong spouse.
- My child will make good friends for life.
- My child will stay in touch with their familial roots.
- My child will live near me.
- My child will become a mature well-rounded adult.
- My child will earn excellent grades.

We say our, because we are all in this together - for the student.
- We want them to learn how to learn.
- We want them to learn how to solve their own problems and seek help appropriately.
- We want them to enjoy and become excited about their education.
- We relish in seeing their transformation from the students who is 3 months out of high school to the young adult who is self-confident.
- We want them to know their strengths and skills.
- We want them to know what they still need to learn.
- We want them to be prepared for what follows our time with them.
- We want them to stay in touch with us as adults.
- We want them to learn how to interact successfully with other adults.
- We want them to do well academically.
- We want them to learn how to recover from failure.

College, at best is adulthood with a safety net.
College is meant to address important issues, of preparation and transformation.
College is not meant to solve everything.
We must learn to relate to them not as child but as an adult.
Realities of how this affects the learning environment for administrators and professors.

Does this mean that parents are no longer useful - not at all
Establishing an adult relationship with your child?
Advice on money management.

Allowing them to learn by experience - which can be painful.
The years that a student is in college are precious and temporary.

Thank you for listening to this episode.

To you, our listeners,  IT IS YOUR TURN   ---   as we have shared some thoughts with you about this topic - we invite you to do the same.

We want to hear your stories about Student Caring or the lack there of. YOU MAY TELL YOUR STORY….

  • By going to our website,     STUDENT  CARING . COM •
  • AND / OR You may tell your story - via the TELEPHONE.. Please call the student caring TOLL - FREE voice number,

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Thank you for listening. Please join us every two weeks as we take you through our academic year and explore, “Student Caring.”

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Advice for Parents

Parents and College Students - Part 1 / Kno
wing who your students are today

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How Important is Academic Preparedness?

Academic Preparedness / Knowing who your students are today

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The HIGH Cost of Higher Education Today

Student Finances: Knowing who your students are today.

In podcast episode No. 4, the co-hosts, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro,  talk about “Knowing who your Students are Today: Student Finances”

The Podcast Outline:

This is the first of a 3 part series: Knowing Who Your Students Are Today

#1  Student Finances

#2  Student Academic Preparedness

#3  Students and Parents

Announcement: Student Caring will be speaking at the Hawaiian International Conference on Higher Education. We’ll be putting together a “Meet and Greet” for our listeners. Attire: Business Casual or Hawaiian!

Dinosaur (Historical) information from Daniel and David

We’re talking “That 70’s Show” era rather than “Happy Days.”

• David shares his journey from high school to college and graduate school from a financial perspective.

• Daniel shares his situation and the benefits of an education which was not cost prohibitive.

• A college education, while a struggle, was not unsurmountable, nor difficult to finance.

• Daniel shares statistics from: National Center for Education Statistics

• From 2001 to now the cost of education has increased by an average of 50%.

• Students and parents are taking out loans at an average of $18,000 a year.

• Graduation Rates: Just a little over 50% of undergraduate student graduate in 4 years. 61 % graduate in 5 years and 63% graduate in 6 years.

• Family debt for a 4 year degree is averaging $72,000 – $100,000.

• Taking out a second mortgage on a home, with today’s housing market, is not an option for many families.

• College savings accounts, begun 20 years ago, are “not enough” for the cost of today’s education.

• In 2011, our students are worried about tuition hikes and debt.

• Full-time students in a four-year program are working to address these concerns.

42% of our students are working over 25 hours per week.

25% of our students are working 36 hours or more per week.

• These factors create additional stress for the student.

• What can we as educators do?

Be aware. Survey your students to discover how they are doing and your own stress level?

David’s advice: Meet with the student one-on-one and illustrate where their education fits into the big picture of their lives.

Daniel:  The national medium income for a graduate is an average of $15,000 a year more than those without a degree. He advises:  “Stick with it,” advice he was given.

Advice to students:

Look over the long term to discover future benefits.

Ask:  “Are you working more than you need to?”

• Today’s students are expected to bring technology with them, which is an increased cost. Automobiles are often necessary and expensive.

Students need to stay focused on your primary work: getting an education.

• Helping students to learn how to manage their time can be very helpful in relieving stress.

• Listening to students talk about their stresses is essential.

• David shares how important it is for him to be the very best professor possible because his students deserve the best.

• Listener, Don Lubach, Ph.D., stated in a review of our podcast: “Our only hope is to pool resources and techniques. We have to do our best work to help our students as they make their way to graduation and a tough job market.”

• Daniel encourages everyone to make this a “College Issue.”

• Today’s financial landscape is very different from the 1970’s.


• When a class finishes a few minutes early, this a golden opportunity for students and professors to connect with each other.

• Stick around during a break.

• Let students know where you will be having coffee or lunch and invite them to join you.

• Coffee is important!


Please, tell your friends and colleagues about us!

In our next episode we’ll talk about, “Knowing Who Today’s Students Are: Student Academic Preparedness,” and continue to take us with you as we explore student caring.

We welcome your feedback to this podcast and our work:

YOU MAY  Go to iTunes and write a review or simply, in iTunes, click on STAR to rate us. – we would really appreciate that!

Email us!

Daniel:   David:

OR You may tell give voice feedback on student caring TOLL – FREE voice number, 1 – (855) NEWWAY- CARE       That’s – 1 -(855) 639-9292


You may find us on:

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This way, we can keep you informed about our upcoming eBook and Audio program:  The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching

Until next time:  Keep  Caring!

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Zero to 100 Miles per hour - overnight!

Listen to Student Caring story from one of our listenrs and hear how the first days of instruction went from, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro.

In podcast episode No. 3, the co-hosts, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro, discuss a story from a listener and their first days of instruction.

The Podcast Outline:

• Welcome to the world of “Fast Pace!”

• Student caring typically needs to be “spliced in” to daily life.

• Meetings, meetings, and more meetings.

• David invites the audience to listen to two stories by Robin Homalok.

• Robin’s story about the professor and those who take care of you.

• Robin’s second story, “The Professor and the Slide Rule.”

• Reaction to the stories.

• How to counteract the possibility of an initial negative reaction to the course and professor.

• Creating a “Welcoming” first day of instruction.

• Highlights from Dr. James K.A. Smith of Calvin College

• Caring in chaos during the first week of instruction.

• Student Caring is about action!

• Student Caring is often about encouraging students to enter adulthood. This can involve “tough encounters. Daniel tells a story about a student from his past, who wanted to negotiate her grade.

• Additional highlights from Dr. James K.A. Smith. Look at your alumni to assess how well they have been taught. Professors are not merely “Heads on a Stick,” they are also, “Hearts on a Stick.”

• A student’s perspective of the professor during class and the results of their “in-class time” afterward when they turn in excellent work.

• Students are also, heads and hearts!

• Summary of the podcast topics.In our next episode we’ll talk about, “Knowing Who Today’s Students Are,” and continue to take us with you as we explore student caring.

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