ERIC Number: ED363364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-21
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Student Success through Targeted Services and Assessment Processes: Midlands Technical College Comprehensive Student Success Program. Student Success Program.
To address the challenges created by increased student diversity, expanding enrollment, and shrinking budgets, Midlands Technical College, in South Carolina, designed a student success program in 1989 to enhance student retention, student satisfaction, and student goal achievement. Key components of the system include: (1) a year-to-year and term-to-term student cohort tracking system; (2) collegewide training in customer service; (3) initiation of student educational plans at college entry; (4) a computer-based intervention and communication system; (5) a growing emphasis on academic advisement; (6) interface of assessment with advisement and orientation; and (7) specific initiatives targeted at at-risk groups. The program was developed with collegewide input from faculty, staff, and students with the specific goals of improving college-wide retention of first-time freshmen by 15%; reducing the attrition of at-risk students by 10%; increasing the use of student services by 15%; and involving all credit students in orientation and advising programs. In fall 1992, 3 years after the program was initiated, fall 1991 and fall 1988 cohorts were compared. Improvements were seen in both fall-to-fall and first-to-second term retention rates. Though the project was initiated with Title III funding, the college intends to absorb all costs of maintaining the program by 1993-94. Information and sample materials on the student tracking, assessment, advisement, orientation, and intervention components are provided. (ECC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Advising, Community Colleges, Counseling Techniques, Educationally Disadvantaged, Financial Support, High Risk Students, Majors (Students), Program Content, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Student Attrition, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Midlands Technical Coll., Columbia, SC.