Learning, Connecting, Reflecting

Employment during college helps contribute to student success when meaningful connections between learning in the classroom and learning on the job are made evident. IOWA 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 the work they are doing, and vice versa. IOWA 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.

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?

Check out more information about IOWA GROW™ and how the program works at

You, the supervisor, can make a big difference in the success and retention of the student employee.  Participating in IOWA GROW™ conversations with your students helps your student understand the connection between classroom learning and their student job and improves student engagement and success. 

Please make a difference in the lives of your student employees!