Student Success: Small Ideas can Lead to Big Improvements

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…”.   

Another example the article shared was how, the Education Department has made big improvements to the FAFSA form, because of the feedback they had received on its complexity. Even down to small, simple tweaks like, “changing the wording on the online welcome screen to encourage families to begin their applications even if they didn’t have all of their information in front of them, rather than insisting that they wait until they had gathered all of that paperwork.”

Sandy Baum, an economist from the article, said it perfect, "It doesn’t have to transform the world." Sometimes small ideas can lead to big improvements.

No matter the size of your idea, Atomic Learning can be a valuable partner in helping make big improvements. We recently launched a series of learning resources focused on college success, which are specifically designed to help get students through the stressful events that go along with college. 

There are many factors as to why students drop out of classes or quit college all together. At Atomic Learning, we are dedicated to helping students succeed in college and beyond, which is why we created content focused on the highly-relevant topics, such as:

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If these are topics that resonate with you and your students, let's talk!

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