The whole student experience has evolved to include a number of important areas that institutions must track in order to help students reach academic goals

5 ways to improve the student experience

The whole student experience includes five dimensions, and institutions should pay careful attention to each one

A study from EDUCAUSE offers insight into how to support key aspects of the whole student experience as institutions strive to support student success.

The study presents important results from EDUCAUSE’s 2020 research on students’ experience with information technology, which included 16,162 undergraduate students from 71 US institutions. In addition to exploring key aspects of the whole student experience, the authors offer recommendations for institution leaders.

Student success has become a focus area for EDUCAUSE, and the needs of the whole student have prompted the organization to examine the fact that “learning has as much to do with socioemotional, physical, and financial factors as it does with intellectual skills.”

The whole student experience includes five dimensions: student success, technology use and environment preferences, student data privacy, online harassment, and accessibility and accommodations.

Student success

While the most common measure of undergraduate student success is completing a degree, most students define success in other ways.

Laura Ascione