Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

ABOUT STAMP GROW

 

Employment during college helps contribute to student success when meaningful connections between learning in the classroom and learning on the job are made evident. 

STAMP GROW (Guided Reflection on Work) uses brief, structured conversations between student employees and their supervisors to help students connect the skills and knowledge they are gaining in the classroom with the work they are doing, and vice versa. STAMP GROW is focused on making student employment a "high-impact activity" - one that requires students to reflect on their learning and connect their learning within and beyond the classroom.

GROW used with permission of ®The University of Iowa

FOUR GUIDING QUESTIONS

STAMP GROW conversations are guided by four quick questions:

  1. How is this job fitting in with your academics?
  2. What are you learning here that’s helping you in school?
  3. What are you learning in class that you can apply here at work?
  4. Can you give me a couple of examples of things you’ve learned here that you think you’ll use in your chosen profession?

Ask the questions in your own way and weave them into your conversation naturally. We have created a list of additional questions that can be used. It can also be helpful to take notes during your conversations so that you can revisit those topics during later conversations.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

By being employed in STAMP, 85% of student employees will be able to routinely provide service that is positive, interpersonal, informative, professional, and solution-orientated.

 

By being employed in STAMP, 85% of student employees will be able to articulate their strengths and opportunities related to personal and professional development.

 

By being employed in STAMP, 85% of student employees will be able to think critically by identifying problems, considering a variety of solutions, and determining the best course of action.

 

By being employed in STAMP, 85% of student employees will show an appreciation for diversity by displaying mutual respect and considering the experiences of others.

 

By being employed in STAMP, 85% of student employees will be able to identify how their work within STAMP is transferable to potential career paths in which they are interested.

 

STAMP Student Employee Learning Outcomes Report(s)

The End of Year survey examines the student employee learning outcomes expected of all STAMP student employees: Customer Service, Self-Awareness, Career Exploration, Critical Thinking, and Diversity and Global Citizenship.

Spring 2019 End of Year Survey

 

STAMP GROW EMPLOYMENT PHILOSOPHY

 

STAMP Guided Reflection on Work (GROW®) is dedicated to enhancing the experience of our student employees as leaders within Stamp and our University of Maryland community through reflection and learning.  Research shows that on-campus student employment contributes to student retention when meaningful connections between learning in the classroom and learning on the job are made evident.*

STAMP GROW uses brief, structured conversations between student employees and their supervisors to help students connect the skills and knowledge they are gaining in the classroom with their on-campus employment, and co-curricular experiences. Through GROW, STAMP also provides student employees with leadership and skill development , financial assistance, work experience, recognition, and service opportunities. STAMP GROW is focused on making student employment a "high-impact activity" - one that requires students to reflect on and connect their learning within and beyond the classroom. We hope to accomplish this with GROW conversations, continued development series, alumni networking event, reflection in staff meetings as well as self-guided development plans.


* Pike, G. R., Kuh, G. D., & Massa-McKinley, R. (2009). First-Year Students’ Employment, Engagement, and Academic Achievement: Untangling the Relationship Between Work and Grades. NASPA Journal 45(4), pp. 560–582.

Cermak, K. & Filkins, J. (2007), On-Campus Employment as a Factor of Student Retention and Graduation, The Journal of Student Employment 11(1), pp. 10-14


GROW SUPERVISORS

The Stamp is committed to multiculturalism, excellence and a positive work environment. It is our goal to make student employment a high-impact activity that allows students reflect and integrate learning through STAMP GROW. GROW supervisors use the below resources in order to assist in the development of student employees.

My Role as a Supervisor

Instructions at a Glance

Pilot Program 2019-20 Timeline

Meeting Notes Template

Additional Questions

Staff Meeting Resources 

Facilitation Tips

Email or Memo Template

Supervisor Reflection Guide

Resources on Campus

Student Learning Outcome Self Assessment

Student Guide to Self- Exploration

 

Contact Us

We know that supervisors are doing great work with students, and we want to support you in your efforts. Please contact Stamp Human Resources (stamp-hr@umd.edu) if you have any questions or concerns about STAMP GROW.