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K-State Today

July 28, 2022

Preview new student engagement program on Aug. 4

Submitted by Bea Dennis

The K-State community is invited to learn more about Cat Trax, a new student engagement program, and how it can be beneficial to you and the students you interact with at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Wildcat Chamber at the K-State Student Union or via Zoom

Since the start of COVID-19 and the subsequent semesters of closure and protocol, the campus has seen a dramatic shift in the way students are engaging with programs, resources and one another. A workgroup of campus partners, as well as a sampling of students, shared feedback on what this has looked like from their perspectives. In general, the consensus is that engagement has changed: Students are less engaged overall, students are overwhelmed with the flood of information coming at them, students feel isolated and disconnected, and students need to be re-educated about involvement opportunities and campus resources.

Cat Trax, operated by the Center for Student Involvement, is designed to provide students a big picture of their campus experience in an organized manner via a single point of entry. Cat Trax is intended to quiet the noise and streamline students’ transition to campus. It also creates an opportunity to facilitate the incredible work already being done by many campus partners without requiring additional workload.

Cat Trax identifies experiences every K-State student should have and has organized these experiences into four checklists themed around student involvement, health and well-being, career readiness, and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Students can choose from a variety of activities, events and resources to complete their checklists, all while earning points, prizes and more along the way.

The initial pilot version of Cat Trax is launching Aug. 1 to first-time, first-year students. 

The meeting will be recorded and available upon request to studentinvolvement@k-state.edu.