3 Essential Strategies for Student Success

Research shows that 1 out of 3 students drop out of college after their first year—making it more critical than ever that they are prepared with the skills they need to be successful, and prompting many institutions to take a hard look at their current student success strategy.

If you’re campus is among them, here are three essential strategies you can put into action today that can have a lasting impact:

Evaluate and Ramp up Your Existing Orientation Program
Orientation is all about getting off on the right foot, so make sure that incoming students have a sense of community, feel safe, and are equipped with the self-management skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.

One example would be integrating resources, such as Atomic Learning course on “Becoming a Better Test Taker”, “Preparing for a College Workload”, or “Being a Better Note Taker” into a First Year Experience (FYE) course or another freshman intro course.

Here are some additional topics to build students’ skills:

Move Learners Forward – Technology and Beyond
For many incoming students, college life is filled with moments of uncertainty. Providing on-demand learning opportunities that meets the learner in their moment of need to help get them past that moment of feeling “stuck” – to experience learning, move forward, and feel confident.

Faculty members from UMASS Boston, for example, have been using Atomic Learning’s on-demand resources to help students adjust to a new learning management system.

Here are a few resources on tools and topics students may struggle with:

Create an Engaging Learning Experience
When talking about engagement, discussion often turns towards technology—but, faculty and staff aren’t necessarily up-to-date on the latest tools. Help individuals keep up with changing instructional practices to ensure relevant, engaged learning opportunities for students.

At Fresno Pacific University, faculty members have been utilizing Atomic Learning’s online resources to help flip the college classroom, which has allowed them to increase student satisfaction to 4.89 on a 5.0 scale—a strong indicator of student engagement.

Intrigued? Here are a few topics popular with instructors and faculty:

With the three strategies mentioned, keep in mind that they are not limited to any particular demographic or section. They can and should be considered for all students. For example, orientation or student development courses don’t necessarily have to be for freshman only. You may also want to consider supporting the needs of transfer students, non-traditional students, international students, and so forth.

No matter the path you take to get there, your institution’s student success strategy plays an important role for ongoing student learning, and ultimately student retention. With Atomic Learning’s campus-wide solution your college or university is easily able to provide the ongoing learning your faculty, staff and students need, when and where they need it.  


This post was inspired by a Faculty Focused article, titled Online Student Retention Requires Collaborative Approach.

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