During the last few years, several college
access programs have led the way of “retention” efforts that colleges
have begun to embrace. Access programs that
track their students through
college often find that their students are not retained or graduating at the institutional
average. Indeed, national data confirms that many underrepresented/low-income/minority/first
generation students lag behind their high income, high achieving counterparts.
As a result, many access programs have begun to adopt the concept of college “access
and success” as their mantra.
Retaining first-year students has become a priority at higher
education institutions. Colleges and universities have earmarked vast resources
to support student success on campus. These resources include academic assistance/tutoring programs,
personal counseling, student activities and learning communities. A common assumption is that, with the vast array of resources
being provided, all students should have what they need to obtain a degree at any college. A limited number of
NCAN member programs have initiated retention programs in an effort to improve the college success rates of their
students. In order for these initiatives to succeed, however,
access programs must aggressively
build and strengthen collaborations with higher education partners.
This section is
designed for your review if your program is currently
services or is interested in planning or establishing such
For more information about persistence and
completion, download this Advisor Training Module - Chapter 12.
Example: Access Program Authorization Release Form
This form is an example of authorizing the release of student information to a college access and success program.
Social Supports and Self-Efficacy in College Success
The brief points to the much-researched concept of academic self-efficacy—“an individual’s perceived capability in performing the necessary tasks to achieve personal goals”—as playing a critical role in influencing the academic success of underrepresented students, particularly during their first year of college. It also describes the connection between meeting national college completion goals and influencing retention through social supports. In addition, the paper provides expert commentary and advice from college access and success practitioners.
Study Skills 101
This presentation covers
study skills from the point of view of the 7 Habits and aimed to help students
strengthen their study skills prior to the start of college.
Financial Information for Savvy College Students
This presentation aims to
provide a final reminder for students about affordability and debt. There is a
refresher on student loans, a small portion on repayment and the consequences
of failure to repay, etc.
I've Borrowed. Now What?
This presentation is for
students who have completed a year of college and are actively in the process
of managing student loan debt. It provides suggestions for graduate funding and
also discusses repayment, default, etc.