Magazine article University Business

Student Connections Is Leading the Way toward Student Success in Higher Education

Magazine article University Business

Student Connections Is Leading the Way toward Student Success in Higher Education

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Innovative student success solutions, developed in collaboration with higher education institutions and students, help overcome the barriers that can impede a successful, postsecondary education journey.

Students face key decisions before, during and after college. We enable schools to engage with students where and when it matters the most, providing relevant assistance to help educate and motivate them along the way.

Student Connections, a USA Funds company that partners with postsecondary institutions to empower students for success throughout their academic journey and beyond, will launch Success Center, a new and innovative student support solution, early next year. Created to help students overcome the obstacles that can prevent them from unlocking the lifetime of opportunities promised by higher education, Success Center is built around a student-centric experience. It maintains this focus in both its content, which is modular, adaptive and interactive, and in its delivery, which occurs via WhichWay, Success Center's student-facing app.

Success Center is premised on the idea that certain nonacademic skills are essential to academic success. Developing these skills allows students to make informed choices when confronted with the complex decisions that are proven variables in the personal and professional outcomes produced by the college experience. These include choosing a major and school, the application and student aid process, money and time management, and debt repayment and career development.

While the nexus between student success and nonacademic skills like financial literacy is long established, Student Connections sought to reimagine efforts to capitalize on that link. To do so, it created advisory boards comprised of students and academic experts from postsecondary institutions around the country, including Indiana University, Truckee Meadows Community College, Marian University, the University of Dayton, Harris-Stowe State University, Valencia College and Western Michigan University.

"We wanted to subject every phase of our development process to scrutiny from postsecondary practitioners and the students they serve," said Craig P. …

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