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Bearings: News and Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Bearings: News & Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Our Best Student Success Strategy

Aug 25, 2013, 10:27 pm - Carey Adams

Last week President Obama made headlines with his plan to make college more affordable.  Earlier this year his administration introduced the College Affordability and Transparency Center, featuring a college scorecard that reports on key indicators like cost, graduation rates, and average student debt.  Now the President is proposing that federal financial aid be tied directly to ratings of affordability and value, including success rates of lower income students.  (There's no shortage of media coverage on the new proposals.  The Chronicle of Higher Education is a good place to start for more information.)

At Armstrong we certainly can boast about affordability, service to students in financial need, and the quality of our academic programs.  Students borrow less money to attend here and default at lower rates compared to national averages.  We offer outstanding opportunity to thousands of students at relatively low cost, meaning our graduates receive a terrific educational value for their investment. 

But we need to see more of our students cross the finish line of earning a degree or certificate.

Every one of our 7,000+ students needs to know that people here want them to graduate and believe that they can.  Many times over the years I have heard graduates credit one particular professor, staff member, or even fellow student with being the difference in their graduating from college.   Look around at the students with whom you come into contact, in a classroom, an office, a residence hall, or the Galley.  Can you identify at least one student who looks like they could use some support?  Could you be the person who makes the difference in that student being successful?  Maybe your interaction with them will just be the difference between them going home today hopeful rather than discouraged.  Maybe the encouragement you give will have longer-term consequences.

You are the best student success strategy we have.  Don't miss an opportunity to make a difference today.

Have a great week.