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By: Knobull Inc.
Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull announced, "Our research shows that there are common sense student success strategies that can make a big difference in the success achieved by many students."
The simplest way to reduce higher education's cost is to accelerate time to completion. Certainly not all students can take a full course load. But facilitating earlier graduation can greatly cut the total cost of enrollment. Improved course availability can be a way to overcome this challenge.
At a time when nearly 40 percent of students transfer, it is imperative to reduce the number of lost credit hours and ensure that these students develop a genuine connection to the institution, its faculty, and its departments. A sense of belonging turns out to be among the factors most closely correlated with student success.
Bentley continued, "A skills and mastery focus that utilizes performance-
At institutions where most students possess several risk factors, the challenge is to deliver support services at scale. Strategies that work include:
▪ Working with faculty to identify students at risk of failure.
▪ Incorporating time management and study skills strategies into lower division courses.
▪ Reaching out to students who shift majors or transfer in.
▪ Creating one-stop access assistance with finances, registration, and other support services.
A key to persistence lies in students' perception that their courses have a clear value proposition. Knobull provides exposure to labor market realities and career options which encourage students to persist and help them construct a realistic path forward toward a fulfilling career.
Bentley concluded, "Student success isn't a mission impossible. It's a moral and political imperative. Institutions may not be able to address every barrier to graduation, but colleges and universities have a responsibility to tackle those matters they can control. We continue to provide support programs to help overcome existing barriers!"