Magazine article University Business

What Does Student Success Mean in Higher Ed Today? Highlights and Outcomes of the #UBsuccess Twitter Chat

Magazine article University Business

What Does Student Success Mean in Higher Ed Today? Highlights and Outcomes of the #UBsuccess Twitter Chat

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The go-to data point used to indicate whether an institution is helping students reach success has tended to be its graduation rate. Post-graduation employment is another indicator that colleges and universities will note for ROI-focused students and families. While these signs of success aren't going anywhere, the definition of student success has evolved to include many more areas.

On Oct. 8, UB editors gathered on Twitter, via the hashtag #UBsuccess, for a live discussion with administrators and others in higher ed on how institutions, their leaders and the entire industry defines student success today. The goal: Get everyone sharing initiatives anyone could model.

And share you did. Ninety-nine unique contributors posted a total of more than 600 tweets with the hashtag during the hour-long event.

Paul Czarapata (@pczarapata), vice president and CIO of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, tweeted that "a student learning how to learn and adapt is critical to student success." Robert Johnson (@BeckerPrez), president of Becker College in Massachusetts, had a similar sentiment. He noted that "successful graduates know how to be lifelong learners and to deliver value in a hyperconnected, flat world."

Another participating president was Joseph Castro (@JosephICastro), who leads California State University, Fresno. He posted that success can also be measured by community service, internship experiences and graduate-program readiness.

The most popular (retweeted) tweet of the day came from Ken Anselment (@ KenAnselment), dean of admissions at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. …

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