10 innovative student success programs

University Business honors multi-pronged

University Business recognized 10 higher education institutions for their work toward student success, the publication announced on Wednesday.

The "Models of Excellence" program, run in conjunction with Higher One, honors universities and colleges that run collaborative and innovative student success initiatives.

"Student success" no longer just focuses just on academics and retention rates, writes Melissa Ezarik for University Business. Today, administrators take a 360-degree approach, ensuring that students are engaged in extracurricular activities, can manage their finances, and transition into successful careers.

Peer mentors were part of several honored programs in which they served in roles ranging from guidance counselors for first-generation students to tutors and campus concierges. Other tactics included mandatory one-credit courses focused on "soft skills" and improving students' financial comprehension. Many of the programs recognized bring together staff from various departments to break down silos among administrators and between faculty and students.

The 2015 Spring Honorees are:

  • University of Baltimore's Career Cycle focus
  • William Rainey Harper College's Project Success
  • Southern Illinois University's SIUE 1st
  • Paul Smith's College's Comprehensive Student Support Program
  • Central Piedmont Community College's African-American Male Student Success
  • Mitchell Technical Institute's Student Success
  • Indiana University's Money Smarts
  • Eastern Kentucky University's EKU GURUs
  • University of South Carolina's Success Connect
  • LDS Business College's Student Tailored Education Plan

Today, writes Ezarik, student success includes not only academic achievements, but also "getting students to move seamlessly from one life stage to another" (Ezarik, University Business, 4/1; University Business release, accessed 4/1).

The takeaway: University Business honors 10 innovative and effective student success programs.

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