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Welcome to: Student Success 101 Student Success 101 Student Success 101 Concepts, Trends and Challenges of First-Year Students Presenters Keith Ratliff, Linda Dunham, Elvira Johnson Student Success Instructors Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, North Carolina

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Student Success 101

Concepts, Trends and Challenges of First-Year Students



Keith Ratliff, Linda Dunham, Elvira Johnson

Student Success Instructors

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina

college student success
Purpose of the presentation

The lesson plan

Elvira – Emerging Trends of First Year Students

Linda – A Proven Strategy for Success

Keith – Choices of Successful Students

Other interest of the audience?

College Student Success
community college retention
62% of first year students drop out

24% go on to earn AAS degree

14% transfer to 4-year college

Community College Retention
reasons for dropping out
15% - Involuntary

Low grades, policy violation

85% - Voluntary departure

finances Family Obligations

Immaturity Ineffective Study Skills

work demands poor academic progress

career indecision low school support

Reasons for dropping out


Emerging Trends

Peer mentoring

Tutorial and emotional support

Institutional level – School sponsored mentoring program matching first year student with upperclassman

Class level – Promoted by teachers within the classroom

Faculty mentoring (not advising)

Small groups (10-20) students closely monitored

promoting student involvement
Social integration

Activities and organizations

Peer support

Peers and upperclassmen

Faculty/administration support

Formally (Learning communities)

Informally (attending events and club advisors)

Stronger faculty/admin involvement = stronger student involvement

Promoting Student Involvement
all of these aspects can best come together in a first year orientation course
Institutional support (fund & promote course)

Admin support (promote and present)

Faculty (mentoring)

Student involvement (attending and mentoring)

All of these aspects can best come together in a First Year Orientation Course
combine to give a strong introduction to college and one s individual career goals

Combine to give a strong introduction to college and one’s individual career goals

A strong start

prepares one for

A strong finish

academic challenges
Lack of knowledge regarding academic planning

Uncertainty about major/career

Lack of technology experience

Lack of knowledge regarding college resources

Academic Challenges
social and emotional challenges
Feeling of disconnect

Unable to engage


Feeling isolated and without friends

Lack of confidence

Fear of failure

High school mentality

Social and Emotional Challenges
strategies for success
Connect with campus resources.

Attend Orientation.

Set academic and personal goals.

Manage time and money.

Improve study habits.

Discover Learning Style.

Meet with advisors and counselors: Academic planning.

Attend career counseling and planning sessions.

Join a Learning Community.

Communicate with faculty.

Get involved with campus activities.

Strategies for Success
a proven strategy for success aca 111 college student success
An eight-week Orientation Course for first-year students


to orient students to college life

to engage students in the learning process

to improve student retention

A Proven Strategy for Success:ACA 111 College Student Success
focus of the course
The Student:

Learning and Personality Styles

Academic and Personal Goal Setting

Academic and Career Planning

The College:

Campus Resources


Focus of the course:
how does technology fit in
Email (communication with faculty, students)

Online classroom management systems (Bb, WebCT)

Word processing: creating/attaching/sending documents electronically

Access to college resources online

How does technology fit in?
benefits of orientation course vs orientation session
More time

Classroom and computer lab settings

Opportunity for engagement

Active learning strategies

Use of learning styles

Hands-on technology

Student-professor interaction

Student-student interaction (sense of value)

Opportunity to “get feet wet” with technology and resources

Opportunity for success

Opportunity for ownership (grades)

Benefits of Orientation Course vs. Orientation Session
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College Student Success

“Whether I fail or succeed shall be no person’s doing but my own. I am the force: I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my own destiny.”

Elaine Maxwell

responsibility model stimulus choice
Victim Response




Repeating Behavior

Result: Seldom achieves goals

Creator Response

Seeking solutions

Taking actions

Trying something new

Result: Often achieves goals

Responsibility ModelStimulus Choice
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Successful Students..

1. Accept PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, seeing themselves as the primary cause of their outcomes and experiences.

Struggling Students..

See themselves as VICTIMS, believing that what happens to them is determined primarily by external forces such as fate, luck, and powerful others.

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Successful Students

2. Discover SELF-MOTIVATION, finding purpose and their lives by discovering personally meaningful goals and dreams.

Struggling Students

2. Have difficulty in sustaining motivation, often feeling depressed, frustrated, and/or resentful about a lack of direction in their lives.

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Successful Students

3. Master SELF-MANAGEMENT, consistently planning and taking purposeful actions in pursuit of their goals and dreams.

Struggling Students

3. Seldom identify specific actions needed to accomplish a desired outcome. And when they do, they tend to procrastinate.

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4. Employ INTERPENDENCE, building mutually supportive relationships that help them achieve their goals and dreams (while helping others to do the same).

Struggling Students

4. Are solitary, seldom requesting, even rejecting offers of assistance from those who could help.

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Successful Students

5. Gain SELF-AWARNESS, consciously employing behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes that keep them on course.

Struggling Students

5. Make important choices unconsciously, being directed by self-sabotaging habits and outdated life scripts.

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Successful Students

6. Adopt LIFE-LONG LEARNING, finding valuable lessons and wisdom in nearly every experience they have.

Struggling Students

6. Resist learning new ideas and skills, viewing learning as fearful or boring rather than as mental play.

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Successful Students

7. Develop EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, effectively managing their emotions in support of their goals and dreams.

Struggling Students

7. Live at the mercy of strong emotions such as anger, depression, anxiety, or a need for instant gratification.

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Successful Students

8. BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES, seeing themselves as capable, lovable, and unconditionally worthy human beings.

Struggling Students

8. Doubt their competence and personal value, feeling inadequate to create their desired outcomes and experiences.

Choices of Successful Students
what can you do to help students succeed
Embrace the concept of instructor as a guide and helper to inspire students to assume the responsibility for their own learning.

Sow the seed. There is a season for everything. Be a seed sower.

“Speak the truth in love.”

What Can You Do To Help Students Succeed?
Final Comments

What are your challenges?

Ways to apply what has been presented?

summary cont
Where to get more information?

National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience

National Student Success Conference


Summary (cont.)