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New Jersey Student Success Programs

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

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“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.