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Section 5 – How to Create a Student Success Plan

What does a student success plan look like?

A solid student success plan can be a key differentiator, a value-add that can persuade prospective students to pick one school over another, and encourage them to remain with that institution all the way from enrollment to graduation and beyond.

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Creating a student success plan should be a collaborative process that starts pre-admission. To be effective, the plan should be built around key pillars that touch on the multiple aspects of a student’s life inside and outside of school: academic advising, career development, learning life skills like financial wellness, and maintaining the student’s well-being overall—physical, emotional and social.

Building a success plan should start with an initial discovery phase where important information is gathered by the institution that can be best used to support prospective students. This phase could involve filling out a worksheet or engaging in an intake session with an advisor at student services, but the intention should always be to identify a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and family and economic concerns that might impact their ability to participate in school activities. In addition, the information collected during a student advisement session can be used to set academic and career goals, and further refine degree planning.

While the focus after that should be on allowing students to lead their own success plan; long-term planning should include regularly scheduled counseling and advisory sessions to make sure students are on pace to meet their graduation goals. Technology can be an effective tool to that end. A learning environment, or other kinds of student management or information systems, can be used to help students manage their own plan, maintain a schedule of related appointments and create early intervention systems that are designed to address potential academic and wellness issues.

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