Individuals perform better and get more from their experiences when they are supported by a group of their peers. That’s why learning teams are used at Columbia Business School, work teams are used at Google, and training teams are used by Olympians. The greatest breakthroughs are often discovered by research teams, not individual researchers. Engineering teams are used in Silicon Valley tech firms because they work faster and more efficiently, and they generate better ideas. Artists collaborate all the time to achieve amazing results. Research shows that familiar teams enjoy benefits similar to having home-field advantage for Game 7 of a best-of-seven series. Most importantly, research has also found that team-based learning increases student achievement, creates positive relationships among students, and promotes healthy student psychological adjustment to university.
SAF Crews are groups of 5-6 students that support each other through the first year SAF experience. Crew members build strong working relationships with each other, attend events together and support each other’s professional awareness and academic success. Each Crew appoints a Communicator who meets regularly with an SAF staff member who is the Crew Captain. The Crew Captain works with the Communicator to foster effective team collaboration.
SAF Crews are also intended to foster two way communication between the student body and School faculty/staff. These interactions provide an opportunity for students to provide feedback and input to the School and for the School to help provide structure and guidance regarding student organization and planning across the four experience areas: Academic, Career, Health and Community.