New Jersey Student Success Programs: An Inventory and Report of Promising Practices Prepared for the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
Chanel Donaldson, Mehreen Mian, Juan Rodriguez, Xinxin Wang, Christian Weisenbacher
“Student success” can be defined many ways, but the core purpose of student success programing is to ensure students get their desired degree or credential in a timely manner. Postsecondary success programs can address academic shortcomings, such as not being adequately prepared for college-level coursework; non-academic factors like social support and finances; or integrative approaches that combine academic and non-academic success strategies. Employing only academic support or only non-academic support strategies is seemingly less effective at achieving success than an integrative strategy, which recognizes the student as having competing obligations and varied barriers to success.