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Academic Success/Outcomes

Drop Rate Improvement Program

Many initiatives targeted at reducing student dropout rates look at factors such as ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status to explain academic underperformance—and then the institution develops programs to help boost graduation rates within the at-risk categories.

Coyote First STEP

With just 1,400 beds serving a student population of 19,000, California State University, San Bernardino, is the classic commuter campus. As part of a transition to a stronger on-campus student experience, officials have launched a residential-life initiative to provide math preparation and engage students in campus life before they even begin taking classes.

Career Cycle

A phased approach to career education empowers students to manage their job situations, come what may. Among the effects of the economic collapse of the last decade was a reorientation of the job market. For new college grads, in particular, the new complexities were profound.

Project Success

Five years ago, William Rainey Harper College in Illinois joined Achieving the Dream, an organization composed of community colleges committed to helping students complete their education. The partnership gave the college a framework and a new focus: student success and completion.r

SIUE 1st

Officials at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville recently turned their retention attention to persistence and graduation rates of specific groups of students. Students at greater risk of dropping out had some common characteristics, including greater financial need, being academically underprepared and being the first in their families to attend college.

Comprehensive Student Support Program

Student retention has been a focus at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York for several years. Administrators had routinely monitored the performance of students who were deemed “at-risk”—those who had been conditionally admitted, had relatively low high school grades and SAT scores, or who were enrolled in a major with a higher-than-average percentage of struggling students.

African-American Male Student Success

The need to act was undeniable when officials at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina faced retention and graduation rates that were substantially lower for African-American males than for white males.

Student Success

The advisory boards of Mitchell Technical Institute’s 34 programs delivered a simple message to the South Dakota school’s administrators: You’re doing a great job turning out talented, skilled workers, but when it comes to “soft” skills, much more is needed.

EKU GURUs

Until five years ago, Eastern Kentucky University students with questions about college life had to schlep all over campus to various departments for help. Have a roommate issue? Go to housing. Need help with financial aid? Head to the scholarship office. Falling behind in calculus? Traipse over to the math department.

Success Connect

The size of the freshman class at the University of South Carolina has doubled in the last 10 years, from 2,500 to 5,000-plus, making it increasingly more challenging for students to develop one-on-one relationships with faculty and staff.

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