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Proactive Student Support Strategies

Here are some more steps and strategies for supporting student success and encouraging retention early on that were developed for a report prepared by the Educational Research Institute of America for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education:

  • Ease the transition to college with preparatory summer programs ahead of entry.
  • Restructure developmental education programs so remediation is fast-tracked and more at-risk students enroll in credit-bearing courses sooner – reducing time to degree.
  • Offer highly structured pathways to degree completion with course sequences clearly mapped and limited options and alternatives.
  • Use technology to build a supplementary advising system that presents clear degree maps, allows for self-monitoring of progress and provides immediate warnings related to consequences of course selections, withdrawals, and credit transfers.
  • Build a system of guaranteed credit transferability from affiliated institutions, and acceptance of prior learning credits to aid re-entry of returning and adult college students.
  • Implement a strong learning community infrastructure as a required component.
  • Proactively promote and provide in-person advising and counseling services, and make retention a primary focus of advising programs.

 
Check out how Victoria University identifies at-risk students and provides timely support to improve engagement and retention:

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