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There Exist Proven Approaches to Non-Academic Student Support

The Chronicle of Higher Education

To the Editor:

I would like to praise your article, “Meet Higher Education’s Newest Players: ‘Education Sherpas’” (The Chronicle, August 16), for pointing to the positive impact of providing non-academic student support to help learners navigate the complexities of the educational process. As the leading organization of student-support professionals, NASPA has long recognized the critical importance of offering students professional, non-academic support to help them define their long-term goals and develop a plan for achieving them.

It’s not that the concept of educational sherpas is new. Rather, the shifting demographics of today’s student population are fueling a new urgency behind the push to create networks of human capital devoted to student support. Today, more than 85 percent of undergraduates (approximately 15 million students) are post-traditional learners (i.e., adult learners, working adults, low-income students, commuters, and parents). What’s more, research has shown that the most prevalent reasons that students leave their institutions are non-academic challenges related to balancing work, family and other commitments or finding a sense of connection to the school community. The challenge for higher-education leaders is that the same students enrolling today at the highest rates — first-generation, low-income, and working adult students—are precisely those most likely to lack personal connections to others who have successfully completed post-secondary education.

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Ivy Tech Expands Coaching Program to Further Drive Student Success

INDIANAPOLIS (August 23, 2016) — Ivy Tech Community College, the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, today announced that it has expanded its student success coaching partnership with InsideTrack, building on years of sustained improvement in student outcomes. The Ivy Tech coaching program originally focused only on students in Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program, which offers scholarships to qualified low-income, first-generation students. The community college system is now expanding coaching to include all first-time African American students to help address historic achievement gaps and support the transition to college.

In the inaugural 2014-2015 academic year, the Ivy Tech coaching program led to an increase in first-year Scholar persistence at the 32 Ivy Tech Community College campuses of 8.8 percentage points, from a historical average of 36.9 percent to 45.7 percent. The program is on track to show similar gains for the 2015-2016 academic year.  In addition, the program has deepened administrator, staff and faculty understanding of the student experience.

By working with coaches to set long-term goals and map out success strategies, students are better able to balance their academic work with personal, professional, and financial commitments.  After serving approximately 2500 students over the first two years, the program will serve an additional 1,700 students this fall.

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