The evolution of student success

The Evolution of Student Success

Since it emerged as a priority in the middle of the 20th century, student success has gone through a number of evolutions. Fifty years ago, "student success" referred primarily to student engagement. Over the years, it has come to include first-year experience, degree planning and progress, career development, and much more.

Our infographic charts how the definition of student success has evolved through six "eras" and 10 practice areas in that time. See how today's definition builds upon earlier iterations and how you may need to expand the definition of student success on your campus.


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