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Teenagers in the Ivory Tower
Engaging and Retaining Traditional College Students
By Catherine Sloan
Even for the most well-adjusted students, entering college is apt to be a tumultuous experience: The transition to campus living, increased academic rigor, and a hefty price tag can easily become overwhelming and, when you add the maturation challenges of traditional-age students, can lead to a speedy departure.
But with the doors of higher education flung wide and pressure mounting to improve student outcomes, it’s increasingly important to understand what happens when 18-year-olds enter the ivory tower.
I’ve coached over a thousand students during… Continue reading
Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American and Hispanic students
By Mary Nguyen, Erin Ward Bibo and Jennifer Engle
If America is to restore its status as first-in-the-world in degree attainment, colleges need to do more to ensure that all of their students — especially African-American and Hispanic students — graduate from college. At first glance, the trends look discouraging: Graduation rates for African-American students in our study have largely remained stagnant from 2004 to 2010, and rates for our Hispanic students have only modestly increased.
However, these trends are not inevitable. Beneath the averages, we find that many schools have increased success and closed graduation-rate gaps for underrepresented… Continue reading
What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education, has just released the review of the Stanford study on InsideTrack personalized college student coaching. The study examined whether coaching services increased rates of students staying in and graduating from college.
The study analyzed data on about 13,500 students who were enrolled in one of eight higher education institutions during the 2003–04 and 2007–08 academic years. These institutions provided lists of students for InsideTrack to include in the study.
InsideTrack created lotteries that randomly assigned groups of students either to receive coaching services from InsideTrack or to serve as the comparison group. Students were… Continue reading
Founder and President
Think back to when you were in college. Did you know why you were there? Did you make the most of the opportunity? College students do well when they have a strong sense of clarity about what they want from their college experience. Also, when students see college completion as an essential part of achieving their long-term goals, they develop intrinsic motivation that can help them persist and overcome obstacles. That is why the first priority in student coaching is to guide students in defining a long-term vision.
After students define… Continue reading
According to recent sobering statistics, more than 50 million working-age Americans have some college but no degree.*
Courageous Learning: Finding a New Path through Higher Education (John Ebersole and William Patrick; Hudson Whitman/ECP) may help. The book is aimed squarely at working-age Americans with no degree, and was written to guide adults—whose financial and time constraints differ from traditional campus-bound students—to finish their degree at accredited institutions.
Dr. Ebersole, president of Excelsior College and a leading advocate for adult degree completion said, “Courageous Learning was written to demonstrate options, and to show that a student can finish a degree… Continue reading