Hampden-Sydney College

The Good Men Plan (GMP) - a series of co-curricular experiences designed to engage students and enrich their experience during their first year of College.

The Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project – through the vocational reflection process, we have established a set of key questions that we want our young men to reflect on and then act upon during their years at Hampden-Sydney.

 Format:

  • Audience: Freshmen are the target audience for the Good Men Plan.  Sophomores are the target audience for the Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project.
  • When: Each semester, all first-year students will attend three "Good Men Plan" programs on Thursdays during Convocation Period (11:30-12:15). The Good Men Plan that relates to vocational reflection is the second session held (in October).  Lunch is served.  The Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project last year was held in January on a Sunday evening, required dress code, and refreshments were served.  This year, it was held in October during the Convocation period with lunch served and no dress code.
  • Frequency: The Good Men Plan is held 6 times throughout the freshmen year.  Each session lasts approximately 45-50 minutes. 
  • Approximate Number of Participants: Last year, 93% of the freshman class attended the session related to vocational reflection for the Good Men Plan program, and provided largely positive feedback about the experience. This year 57% attended. The Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project yielded approximately 50% attendance both last year and this year.

Funding & Operations:

The Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project has received funds from NetVUE to support the program in Fall 2015.  Previously, the President’s Office covered costs related to the program. The college supports the Good Men Plan. A detailed budget is listed under the Administration/Operations tab. 

Description

Since 1775, Hampden-Sydney College has been producing Good Men and Good Citizens in an environment of sound learning. After 239 years of practice, we're confident we can prepare you for success as a good man and good citizen by helping you discover and realize your own potential through the "Good Men Plan."

The "Good Men Plan," or GMP, is a series of co-curricular experiences designed to engage students and enrich their experience during their first year of College. Each semester, all first-year students will attend three "Good Men Plan" programs on Thursdays during Convocation Period (11:30-12:15). These six programs explore a wide range of topics including citizenship, service, masculinity, self-awareness, professional development and more. 

You'll learn more about the "Good Men Plan" on C Day. While we expect you'll graduate from Hampden-Sydney as a good man and good citizen, we have a plan to support you along the way.

Good Men Plan Schedule

Themes for First Year Students:

  • Citizenship, Civility, Service, and Leadership
  • Understanding Manhood and Masculinities
  • Self-awareness, Vocational Reflection, and Professional Development

History

We started initial work on our program in January 2011 as part of the College’s last strategic planning process. In January 2011, Dr. Howard created the “Vocational Reflection” committee as part of the Strategic Planning process.  Dr. Howard charged this committee to examine and report on “How do we incorporate vocation reflection into the educational experience of Hampden-Sydney students in order to foster a campus-wide climate of reflection on how we lead and serve”? Second, explore “creating an Office of Vocational Reflection on campus with the responsibility to assist students with discerning their calling, passion, and purpose in life.”

We have expanded our efforts with Vocational Reflection with all of our various offices that conduct counseling of various types with our students.  We have a shared list of “big questions”. Vocational Reflection is now part of our freshman advising process and our Good Man Plan. We have a Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project to engage our sophomores with the “big questions”.

Recommended Resources

  • Good Men Plan:

http://www.hsc.edu/Student-Life/First-Year-Students/Good-Men-Plan.html. The Career Development Cycle was the basis for planning the Good Men Plan session.

  •  Vocational Reflection:

http://www.hsc.edu/Career-Education/Vocational-Reflection.html.

A Values Card Sort was used for the Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project.

Administration/Operations

  • Good Men Plan

$3,536.20: Lunch

  • Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project Lunch

$50: Student Survey gift card

$118.46: Advisor Workshop prior to event

$30: Value Card Sort

$2,982.05: Lunch

$3,180.51: TOTAL

  •  External Funding:

The Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project has received funds from NetVUE to support the program in Fall 2015.  Previously, the President’s Office covered costs related to the program. The college supports the Good Men Plan.

Assessment

We have used Survey Monkey to solicit feedback from both students and advisors after the Good Men Plan related to vocational reflection. We have done pre and post surveys with students related to the Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project in paper and electronic formats. Survey Monkey seems to be most useful in terms of collecting feedback immediately, and in terms of analyzing and sharing results.