Using varied campus services and classroom technology to help students succeed with their college experience.
With a dramatically increasing number of both traditional and non-traditional students seeking post-secondary education, student retention and post-grad outcomes continue to be an increasingly important topic for both colleges and universities.
The role that institutions play in these outcomes is now gaining significantly more attention with greater emphasis being placed on how well these organizations prepare students for the job market.
Both gradual, large-scale changes and smaller reforms will lay the foundation for a reinvigorated, modern school system.
“Staff training and motivation is crucial to achieving solid student retention and graduate career placement,” said Lauren Weymouth, VP Business Development for Ridley-Lowell Schools. “Retention becomes a reality when a school creates programs like peer mentoring and tutoring alongside implementing clubs and community activities for student enrichment. It takes a village. The more regularly you coach all staff and faculty on this mission, embed making every effort to champion student success into your campus culture, the better your outcomes will be.”
The following are five fundamental ways to promote student success within colleges and universities:
1. Enhance collaboration with academic advisors
There continues to be growing diversity within America’s collegiate student body including a wider breadth of age, race, academic preparedness and degree type. In fact, according to the Department of Education, a third of today’s college entrants are above the age of 25. Many of these outlying populations need additional support and counseling during their college careers.
The lack of academic goals and integration with the college community, including peers, faculty and staff, are key factors that lead students to “drop out” and disproportionately affect these non-traditional students. Since academic advisors serve to connect students with needed services, strong academic advising programs that enhance collaboration between students and college personnel are critical to the success of students, and ultimately, the institution.