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Do Your Academic Policies Get in the Way of Student Success?

By Daniel Fusch

As the pressure on institutions to improve completion rates increases, more college and university officials are looking to determine where they can see significant impact on student retention. Our recent interview with Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs at the University of South Carolina, suggested the need to direct attention to something that is often overlooked: the need to review and audit institutional policies and procedures that delay students in progressing toward their degree.

“Historically, many have assumed that if students get over their homesickness, if they have a good affinity group, if they feel good on campus, they’ll persist. But the two factors that truly help students persist are academic progress toward a degree (having a goal and gaining momentum toward it) and maintaining maximum eligibility for the maximum amount of financial aid (to ensure non-interruption in their courses).” From Dennis Pruitt, U of South Carolina

In light of Pruitt’s comment, one thing academic and administrative leaders will want to look for at their institution is the presence of “road bumps” in their processes and procedures that delay a student’s progress toward a degree. Or as Kevin Pollock, the president of St. Clair County Community College, remarked in a pointed reminder, “Any time your students have to walk across campus unnecessarily from one office to another in trying to resolve an issue is an opportunity for them to walk to their car and leave.”

Continued at: http://www.academicimpressions.com/news.php?i=165&q=8868u401869aS

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