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How to develop a formal student success system

At the end of the day, student success planning is all about providing better support for the teaching and learning process and making sure students have the right academic and life skills. That’s the kind of full-service opportunity that today’s students are looking for from post-secondary schools.

The truth is, student success takes a village. So, here are seven factors to think about when developing a formal student success system at your institution:

  1. Help students set clear goals: Keep it simple, manageable, measurable. Start with the end in mind.
  2. Offer students clear guidance and flexible paths: Help students create a clear path toward their goals with milestones and regular check-ins during the journey.
  3. Create simple workflows: Be familiar with the steps and processes of the student journey and how they can be made clear and simple. This helps prevent students from getting lost in the maze. Regular communication is key.
  4. Know your students: Know their courses, activities, goals so that you can see where they are and what they’re able to do well.
  5. Know your data: Learn how to mine your learning analytics. Use data to drive continuous improvement efforts.
  6. Know your network: Get connected to exemplar organizations or institutions who have a great student success story and learn from them.
  7. Stay in it to win it: It may take time and effort to build a healthy village, but putting the effort at the beginning can prevent poor performance down the road.

Check out the steps Saint Stephen’s College took to achieve blended learning success:

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