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1 Student Success Aaron Thompson, PhD

2 Achieving Student Success in the Community College

3 Student Diversity in Americas Community Colleges There are 13 million students currently enrolled in approximately 1,150 community colleges in the United States; they account for almost half of all first-year college students in America today. More than 630,000 community college students will earn an associate degree this year, and more than 425,000 will earn a certificate. Most first-year community college students are employed either part or full time and attend college part time. The average age of the American community college student is 28. Almost 42 percent of all community college students are the first in their family to attend college. More than 37 percent of community college students are members of minority racial or ethnic groups. Close to 6 percent of international students attend Americas community colleges Source: American Association of Community Colleges (2012).

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5 As educators we need to inform students of the importance of the benefits of a: college experience college degree or certificate learning commitment

6 Why College Is Worth It Career Benefits Economic Advantages Advanced Intellectual Skills Better Physical Health Social Benefits Emotional Benefits Effective Citizenship Higher Quality of Life for Their Children

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8 Career Benefits Security and stabilitylower rates of unemployment Versatility and mobilitymore flexibility to move out of a position and into other positions Advancementmore opportunity to move up to higher professional positions Interestmore likely to find their work stimulating and challenging Autonomygreater independence and opportunity to be their own boss Satisfactionmore enjoyment of their work and the feel that it allows them to use their special talents Prestigehigher-status positions (i.e., careers that more socially desirable and respected)

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10 Economic Advantages Make better consumer choices and decisions Make wiser long-term investments Receive greater pension benefits Earn higher income

11 Advanced Intellectual Skills Greater knowledge More effective problem-solving skills Better ability to deal with complex and ambiguous (uncertain) problems Greater openness to new ideas More advanced levels of moral reasoning Clearer sense of self-identity and greater awareness and knowledge of personal talents, interests, values, and needs Greater likelihood to continue learning throughout life

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13 Better Physical Health Better health insurancemore comprehensive coverage and greater likelihood of being covered Better dietary habits More regular exercise Lower rates of obesity Longer and healthier life

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15 Social Benefits Higher social self-confidence Better understanding and more effective communication with others Greater popularity More effective leadership skills Greater marital satisfaction

16 Emotional Benefits Lower levels of anxiety Higher levels of self-esteem Greater sense of self-efficacy and belief that they have more influence and control over their life Higher levels of psychological well-being Higher levels of personal happiness

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18 Effective Citizenship Greater interest in national issues, both social and political Greater knowledge of current affairs Higher voting participation rates Higher rates of participation in civic affairs and community service

19 Higher Quality of Life for Their Children Less likelihood of smoking during pregnancy Better health care for their children More time spent with their children More likely to involve their children in educational activities that stimulate their mental development More likely to save money for their children to go to college More likely that their children will graduate from college More likely that their children will attain high-status and higher-paying careers

20 Why Do Students Leave? Academic Reasons Personal Reasons Financial Reasons

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22 Academic Reasons Not challenged academically Not academically prepared (underprepared students graduate about half the rate a prepared student does in 6 years) Lack of academic focus Desired major unavailable

23 Personal Reasons Institution isnt a good personal fit Medical issues (personal, parent, spouse, child) Relationship issues (parents, significant other) Poor social adjustment (lacking friends) No sense of belonging Lack of clear goals and purpose of college Lack of discipline Homesick

24 Financial Reasons Unrealized expectations (thought they were getting something else, wasnt worth the cost) Had to go to work for family or other reasons (especially true for adult learners) Insufficient financial aid (ran out of money)

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26 Creating an Environment for Student Learning and Student Success

27 Principles of College Success Research on human learning and student development indicates four powerful principles of college success: 1. Active Involvement 2. Use of Campus Resources 3. Interpersonal Interaction and Collaboration 4. Personal Reflection and Self-Awareness (Astin, 1993; Kuh, 2000; Light, 2001; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005; Tinto, 1993). Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development (Cuseo, Thompson, & Fecas, 2010)

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29 Active Involvement Research indicates active involvement may be the most powerful principle of human learning and college success. The principle of active involvement includes the following pair of processes: The amount of personal time a student devotes to learning during the college experience The degree of personal effort or energy (mental and physical) students put into the learning process Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development (Cuseo, Thompson, & Fecas, 2010)

30 Student Success and Interpersonal Interaction Four particular forms of interpersonal interaction have been found to be strongly associated with student learning and motivation in college: Student-Faculty Interaction Student-Advisor Interaction Student-Mentor Interaction Student-Student Interaction Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development (Cuseo, Thompson, & Fecas, 2010)

31 Student-Faculty Interaction Studies repeatedly show that college success is influenced heavily by the quality and quantity of student-faculty interaction outside the classroom. Such contact is positively associated with the following positive outcomes for college students: Improved academic performance Increased critical thinking skills Greater satisfaction with the college experience Increased likelihood of completing a college degree Stronger desire to seek education beyond college (Astin, 1993; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005). Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development (Cuseo, Thompson, & Fecas, 2010)

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33 Student-Faculty Interaction Further, research studies demonstrate that students success is heavily influenced by the quality and quantity of their interaction with faculty members outside of the classroom. More specifically, student-faculty contact outside of class is positively associated with the following student developments: Improved academic performance Increased critical thinking skills Greater satisfaction with the educational experience Stronger desire to further education beyond high school Involvement in own academic and personal success How students interpret messages received from family, school, and community Making choices that are in the best interest of their success

34 Student-Student Interaction Studies of college students repeatedly point to the power of the peer group as a source of social and academic support (Pascarella, 2005). Peer interaction is especially important during the first term of college. At this stage of the college experience, new students have a strong need for belongingness and social acceptance.

35 Student-Student Interaction A study conducted by Light (2001) found that students who formed or participated in small groups was a strong determinant in their college success. Students who participated in study groups once weekly were more engaged, showed increased class preparation, and learned significantly more than students who worked alone.

36 Interaction with an Advisor Can be an effective referral agent who can direct students to, and connect students with, campus support services that best meet their needs An individual students should meet with more regularly than course instructors

37 Interaction with a Mentor Research in higher education demonstrates that a mentor can make first-year students feel significant and enable them to stay on track until they complete their college degree (Campbell & Campbell, 1997; Knox, 2008).

38 Self-Reflection Important step in achieving success in college Involves self-assessment, self-monitoring, reflecting on feedback, and reflecting on the future Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development (Cuseo, Thompson, & Fecas, 2010)

39 Self-Assessment Process of evaluating personal characteristics, traits, habits, and their relative strengths and weaknesses Include personal interests, personal values, personal abilities or aptitudes, learning habits, learning styles, personality traits, and academic self-concept (personal beliefs about what kind of student he/she is are and how they perceive him/herself as a learner) Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development (Cuseo, Thompson, & Fecas, 2010)

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41 Self-Monitoring Maintaining an awareness of how effectively you are learning, if you are learning what you are attempting to learn, and what you are attempting to learn Good habits mean periodically having students ask themselves the following questions: Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development (Cuseo, Thompson, & Fecas, 2010)

42 The Future of America Although minorities now make up approximately 1/3 of the population, they are expected to be the majority by 2042 and projected to be 54% of the population by By 2023, minorities will comprise more than half of all children.

43 The Future of America The population of non-Hispanic whites is expected to be only slightly larger by 2050 than in This group is projected to lose population in the 2030s and 2040s and comprise 46% of the population by 2050, down from 66% in 2008.

44 The Future of America In contrast, the Hispanic population is expected to triple from 46.7 million to million during the time period. The black population is expected to increase from 14% in 2008 to 15% in The Asian population is expected to increase from 5.1% in 2008 to 9.2% in 2050.

45 Community Colleges Will be the Access and Success Venues for Many of These Students

46 Diversity Strengthens Development of Learning & Thinking Skills Research on first-year college students shows that students who experience the highest level of exposure to different dimensions of diversity (e.g. interactions and friendships with peers of different races, or participating in multicultural courses and events on campus) report the greatest gains in: thinking complexity – the ability to think about all parts and all sides of an issue (Gurin, 1999), reflective thinking – the ability to think deeply (Kitchener et al., 2000), and critical thinking – the ability to think logically (Pascarella et al., 2001).

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48 Diversity Increases the Power of a Liberal Arts Education There is no way to gain a global perspective without understanding human diversity. Another perspective that should be developed as part of a liberal arts education is a national perspective, which involves understanding and appreciating your own nation. Because of the increasing diversity of the U.S., multicultural competence – the ability to understand cultural differences and to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds – has become an important liberal art skill that is critical for success in today's world (Pope et. al., 2005).

49 Diversity Promotes Creative Thinking Experiencing diversity can enhance your ability to think creatively. Diversity experiences supply us with different thinking styles that can help us to be aware of our own cultural framework. These experiences also help us to be aware of our perceptual blind spots and avoid the dangers of group think – the tendency for tight, like-minded groups of people to think so much alike that they overlook the flaws in their own thinking – which can lead to poor choices and faulty decisions (Janis, 1982).

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51 Diversity Enhances Career Preparation & Success Whatever career you may choose to enter, you will likely find yourself working with employers, employees, co-workers, customers, and clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Successful career performance in today's diverse workforce requires sensitivity to human differences and the ability to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds who work in the U.S. and across different nations (National Association of Colleges & Employers, 2003; Smith, 1997).

52 Diversity Stimulates Social Development Interacting with people from a variety of groups widens ones social circle by expanding the pool of people with whom one can associate and develop relationships.

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54 Diversity A major goal of appreciating diversity is to promote more equitable and treatment of all people and reduce prejudice or discrimination toward particular groups of people. Diversity is also a learning experience that strengthens the quality of an individuals education, career preparation, citizenship, and leadership in a democracy.

55 The Role of Faculty in Student Success

56 Use: Regular and formative feedback Getting students involved first day of class (know their names) Peer support (tutoring, mentoring) Content related to students experiences Attendance High expectations

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58 Faculty Influences on Student Success The relationship between students and faculty members is more important in predicting the social-emotional functioning of students than their academic performance (Decker, Dona, & Christenson, 2007).

59 Faculty Influences on Student Success Informal interactions that take place outside of the classroom between students and faculty members have been found to have an effect on the motivation of students beyond the usual predictors of academic performance including performance in secondary school or academic aptitude (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005; Pascarella, Terenzini, & Hibel, 1978).

60 Faculty Influences on Student Success The first interactions with faculty members have a significant influence on the value placed on high academic achievement and can counteract the general student culture that does not typically value such achievement (Komarraju, Musulkin, & Bhattacharya, 2007).

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62 Faculty Influences on Student Success A recent study by Komarraju, Musulkin, and Bhattacharya (2007) found that students who viewed faculty as approachable, respectful, and available to them outside of class time as being more confident in their academic skills and being motivated, both intrinsically and extrinsically.

63 Interaction with Students Research has shown that students are more likely to interact with faculty members they consider to be: Sociable Intelligent Demonstrated leaders Supportive Objective (Babad, Avni-Babad, & Rosenthal, 2003; Furnham & Chamorro-Premuzic, 2005).

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65 Interaction with Students Students who feel comfortable in speaking informally with faculty are more likely to: Consider the learning process an enjoyable experience Gain a deeper understanding of how a college education prepares them for future employment (Komarraju, Musulkin, & Bhattacharya, 2007).

66 Reflecting on Feedback Learning and decision-making are enhanced when you reflect on, and make use of, information received from others on how to correct or improve performance.

67 Reflecting on their Future Self-projection which involves futuristic thinking and the tasks of goal-setting and long-range planning Focusing on the big picture Long-term dreams and goals inspire motivation and little details such as deadlines and short-term commitments that require perseverance.

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69 The Role of Staff in Student Success

70 Academic Advising Intrusive advising that focuses on students strengths, values, and beliefs when establishing goals There are several indications that advising can have a significant impact on retention through a number of variables strongly associated with student persistence: Student satisfaction with the college experience; Effective educational and career planning; Utilization of available support services; Student contact with faculty and staff outside of the classroom; and Student mentoring.

71 Academic Advising Research has concluded that undergraduates think most highly of advisors who function as mentors or counselors and who are: Available/accessible Knowledgeable/helpful Personable/approachable

72 Financial Aid More and more data are indicating that financial aid and Bursars offices have an influence on access and success of colleges students. In addition, need based aid received after the first year can have a large impact on student persistence.

73 The Importance of the First Year for Student Success The first year of college is undoubtedly the most important year of the college experience because its a stage of transition Students report the most change, the most learning, and the most development (Doyle, Edison, & Pascarella, 1998; Flowers, Osterlind, Pascarella, & Pierson, 2001; Light, 2001). The academic habits students establish in their first year of college are likely to persist throughout their remaining years of college (Schilling, 2001) When graduating seniors look back at their college experience, many of them say that the first year was the time of greatest change and the time during which they made the most significant improvements in their approach to learning.

74 The Partnership Between Postsecondary/P-12

75 Graduation Rate Gaps Underprepared Students Source: CPE Comprehensive Database System completion rates of full-time, first-time associate and baccalaureate students who entered a KY public or independent university and completed a degree at any in-state public or independent institution, by college readiness at entry. 6 4

76 Source: CPE Comprehensive Database 6 6 Source: March 2012 Current Population Supplement, Current Population Survey (CPS)

77 Progress

78 Kentucky Leads the Nation in the Rate of Improvement Between Adults (25-64) with a college degree (associate and higher) #1 6-year graduation rates at 4-year institutions (public and private) #1 Undergraduate credentials awarded per 1, to 44 year olds with no college degree

79 Kentucky Leads the Nation in the Rate of Improvement Between Young adults (25-44) with a college degree (associate and higher) #2 #3 3-year graduation rates at 2-year institutions (public and private) #5 Undergraduate credentials 1 year or more in length

80 II. Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Update Results Achieved

81 Kentuckys College and Career Readiness Success The number of high school graduates ready for college has steadily been increasing Source: Dodd, Karen. Stocktake Summary for College and Career Readiness Delivery Plan. Kentucky Department of Education. Oct 2012.


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