What is Student Success?

Higher education provides students with a wealth of opportunities and resources to help them achieve success in their academic pursuits and beyond. Student success in higher education can be defined in several ways. Still, at its core, it involves achieving academic, personal, and professional goals that enable students to thrive in college and in life.

One way to measure student success is through academic achievement, reflected in students' grades, test scores, and overall academic performance. However, more than academic achievement is needed to fully capture the range of skills and experiences that contribute to student success in higher education.

Another critical factor in student success is personal growth and development. Their development includes essential life skills such as time management, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. It also involves engaging in extracurricular activities, volunteering, and pursuing personal interests and passions that enhance students' overall well-being.

Professional development is another aspect of student success that involves gaining relevant skills and experience to prepare students for their chosen careers through internships, co-op programs, research opportunities, and networking events. 

Ultimately, student success in higher education is a holistic and multifaceted concept. While academic achievement is essential, student success also encompasses personal and professional growth and the ability to navigate challenges and adapt to changing circumstances. 

Some ways Slate can assist with your student success goals are:

  1. Streamline communication: One of the most critical factors in student success is communication between students, faculty, and staff. Communication tools in Slate provide personalized, targeted messaging that can keep students informed and engaged throughout their academic careers.
  2. Track student progress: Analytic data capabilities enable institutions to track student progress and identify areas where additional support is needed. This helps institutions provide targeted interventions and resources to help students succeed academically.
  3. Personalized support: Institutions can create personalized student success plans that consider each student's individual needs, goals, and interests. This can help ensure that students receive the support and resources needed to succeed.
  4. Manage student engagement: Engagement tracking tools enable institutions to monitor student engagement with various programs and activities and identify areas where additional attention is needed. Doing so can help institutions create a more vibrant campus community that supports student success.
  5. Connect students with resources: Integration with various campus systems allows institutions to create a centralized hub of resources and services that can help students succeed. Students can easily access the necessary resources such as academic advising, financial aid, career services, counseling and wellness services, and student organizations, to name a few. 

While not exhaustive, this list does provide a summary of some areas that will help you and those in your organization best meet the needs of your enrolled students.  

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