Implementing a student success strategy across campus is beyond important.
The success of every college student is at the top of an institution’s goals. However, reviewing processes, implementing changes, and working to evolve faculty practices can take time. Change takes commitment and isn’t always easy.
That said, there may be small, inexpensive ideas that educators can try to put into action to help with student success, while bigger changes are being planned out.
We recently read an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that explores how researchers are taking a more behavioral approach to improving student success, and looking at what students go through emotionally when applying and working through college… “Researching colleges, applying, filing the FAFSA, registering for classes — the whole process of getting to and through college can be seen as a series of complex decisions crying out for a nudge.”
The article discusses several ways researchers have made an impact using small and inexpensive ideas. For example, researchers Ben Castleman and Lindsay C. Page, “tested a simple, cheap solution: Send at-risk students a series of customized text-message reminders that they could reply to for extra help. The messages raised enrollment substantially…”.