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Student Success HE

By Graham Tracey and Jan Day
Insights from higher education experts covering the latest news, trends, and data impacting student success.
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005 - Robot-Proof Higher Education

Student Success HE

014 - How to Help Academically Struggling Students
I think this blog post from Inside Higher Ed, How to Help Academically Struggling Students, nicely summarizes the challenges and potential solutions to get more students succeeding academically. It was refreshing to see that half of the proposed solutions were geared towards actions faculty can take as individuals in their classrooms. That is good news for students who are lucky to be assigned to a course taught by one of these engaged and open-minded instructors.
January 23, 2020
013 - Student Success Trends
In this week's podcast episode, Graham and Jan talk with Dr. Christopher Bridges, Strategic Consultant for Starfish. Our conversation ranged widely. We learned about patterns and trends Chris is seeing on campus (hint: there is a near-universal desire for more parking spaces closer to academic buildings), heard about creative approaches and programs colleges and universities have implemented to improve student outcomes, and explored the role of Strategic Consulting and how it supports student success on campus.
January 17, 2020
012 - No Silver Bullet for Student Success
Dr. Tina Balser, Director of Student Success Initiatives at the University of Missouri in Columbia in her recent EDUCAUSE Review post, explains why a socio-technical approach to student success is what higher education institutions should adopt.
December 16, 2019
011 - 3 Student Success Themes in 2019
With Thanksgiving less than a week away the year feels like it is flying by. It seemed like a good time for Graham and Jan to reflect on the main student success themes that stood out for us in 2019.
December 03, 2019
010 - Interview with Sara Goldrick-Rab about food and housing insecurity in higher education
Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of "Paying the Price," was at the Hobsons Summer Institute to announce a new initiative to help institutions support students with food or housing insecurity.
September 24, 2019
009 - Nudging in STEM works, plus students with loans succeed at higher rates
Nudging, done correctly, can drive double digit percentage outcomes, particularly for STEM students. Also, students who take at more loans succeed in higher education at greater rates than those who rely less on financial assistance. 
September 23, 2019
008 - Is your academic probation program helping or harming your students?
All institutions have an academic probation program of some kind, but few have examined whether they are having the intended outcome. In this episode we break down what the literature says are best practices for helping academically struggling students get back on track.
September 23, 2019
007 - How to get your institution strategically aligned for student success
Your institution is doing a tremendous amount of work to help students be successful. The trouble is everyone is moving in their own direction and we are not as effective as we would be if we were all aligned. On this episode we take you into a webinar where we introduced a student success planning process to help your institution become strategically aligned around student success.
September 23, 2019
006 - The one habit that can put your interventions on rails
While many institutions are getting better about measurement and, in particular, measuring student success interventions, they still lack the ability to make changes based on outcomes. In this episode, Jan and Graham explain the concept of an intervention retrospective, that if made a habit, will help get your interventions on rails and ensure that they are having the desired impact on student success.
September 16, 2019
005 - Robot-Proof Higher Education
Today, Graham and Jan host another meet up of the Starfish Student Success Book Club. The book was Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Joseph Aoun, President of Northeastern University.
January 22, 2019
004 - 3 Wishes for Student Success
Graham and Jan have a bit of fun writing a letter to Student Success Santa. In the process, they cover a few serious and systemic issues in higher education today.
January 03, 2019
003 - Guided Pathways Demystified
In this episode Graham and Jan are joined by student success technology pioneer and practitioner, Russ Little in a fascinating conversation about guided pathways. We review the history and definition of guided pathways approaches and what is necessary to implement the approach campus wide.
November 29, 2018
002 - Paying the Price
In this episode join our student success book club conversation. We read and discuss Sara Goldrick-Rab's "Paying the Price." The book is thoroughly researched and provides eye-opening data regarding the challenges poor students seeking degrees in higher education encounter everyday. Our panel of experts share some of their own stories and we discuss the proposed solutions that Rab puts forward in the book.
November 27, 2018
001 - Student Success Tops Educause's 2018 Priority List
In this episode we talk about the 2018 Educause Top Ten IT Issues list. We also review Josh Kim’s reaction to the list in his Inside Higher Ed article, 10 Reactions to EDUCAUSE's 2019 Top 10 IT Issues. Our Intervention of the Day segment covers research reported on by the Washington Post and the cultural changes that can be measured 250 years later.   We’re reading, “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore. Listen and learn how much we enjoyed it!
November 27, 2018