The seven pillars of student success

The choices students make about college create effects that extend well beyond their time in school. That’s not surprising, as we expect higher education to provide access to a lifetime of improved opportunities. But the challenges students face in fulfilling these aspirations don’t end with graduation. For many, they are just beginning. Loans enter repayment. Career searches begin.

And in the months and years before matriculation, students also confront many hurdles and complex decisions about college. Together, these challenges form a gauntlet that spans the classroom-to-career journey. Providing students resources every step of the way is foundational to the empowering ability of our new student success program to realize a full return on their college investment.

In fact, we identified seven insight pillars that we’ve built our Success Center content upon. They begin with college and career planning and continue through job hunting and student debt management:

  1. Choosing a pathway: Topics include making good choices about careers and areas of study to pursue.
  2. Funding College: Topics include applying for financial aid and managing loans while in school.
  3. Applying for College: Topics include choosing a school and navigating the application process.
  4. Managing personal finances: Topics include setting budgets, maximizing savings, and debt management.
  5. Boosting productivity: Topics include goal setting, time and stress management, and organizational skills.
  6. Getting hired: Topics include interview preparation, job hunting, and evaluating benefits and other compensation.
  7. Repaying education loans: Topics include successfully repaying loans and overcoming repayment issues.

Success Center, which officially launches early next year, currently includes six modules. These six modules, like those we develop in the future, will all correlate with topics tied to our insight pillars. Schools will be able to choose the combination of modules that best meet the specific needs of their campus communities and their current, prospective and past students – no matter at what point they are on the road to student success.

Headshot-Template_WiseAnthony Wise is Student Connections product manager.