For several years, The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) have facilitated dialogue between school superintendents and community college presidents to identify ways to foster student success. By bridging the gap that currently exists between K-12 and higher education institutions, the organizations are collaborating to prepare students to be college- and career-ready.
The forthcoming Teaching Excellence Framework will focus the attention of English universities on retention and student satisfaction. Hobsons recently supported the Social Market Foundation with their research, Staying the Course, which looked in more detail at the rising focus on student success in higher education.
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, the newest community college in the City University of New York has seen early successes. Their educational model was designed to increase student success with a goal of reaching a 35 percent three-year graduation rate. To put this into perspective the national community college graduation rate is approximately 20 percent!
Next week several thousand international educators will come together in Liverpool for the annual EAIE Conference. The EAIE is the European centre for expertise, networking, and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. It once again promises to be a busy conference where delegates can look forward to over 170 sessions and over 20 networking events. The Hobsons team will be well-represented with engagement activities scheduled everyday of the conference.
At Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), the combination of an Online Liaison Service and Starfish is helping online students be more successful. QCC leverages Starfish to improve communication processes between the online liaison, online students needing assistance, and faculty members, with positive results on student performance and engagement across 200 online classes each semester. During this webinar, QCC will discuss how the online process with Starfish evolved and the success stories related to this service.
New research from the Social Market Foundation (SMF) has found that no significant progress is being made on improving retention rates in higher education in England – but that institutions which are making a success of their ‘student experience,’ with more satisfied students, are likely to have higher rates of course completion.
I am delighted to be speaking again to the vice-chancellors and other senior sector representatives, leading a session on the second day of the conference, “Solving the TEF: How Student Centricity Boosts Retention and Satisfaction.”
On Friday, 9th September, I’ll be running the workshop, Engaging Students With Holistic Care, at the RAISE16 Conference: Excellence in Student Engagement. It promises to be an exciting event. Like many topics in student success (and even the term “student success” itself), student engagement means different things to different people. And indeed students engage with their educational experiences in different ways: academically, professionally, socially, physically, and so on.
Redefining Success for Our Children: Madeline Levine Engages with NSI 2016 Participants
High school students in Dysart Unified School District in Maricopa County, Arizona, will use Naviance by Hobsons to work with their school counselors to identify their strengths, plan academic coursework, determine future career goals, and discover best-fit colleges. Students will also use Naviance to manage their Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) process.
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