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The Student Success Model

Four primary components play essential roles in contributing to your success. Each component must be present for you to be able to see sustained success in the collegiate experience.

Purpose

This represents what you hope for as a result of your college experience. It is “why” you are in college.

Your purpose may be difficult for you to define. Initially, you might measure your outcomes by good grades, progress toward a degree, or other immediately measurable outcome. Later you may need to define your purpose in terms of career and life roles. This requires a fluid approach to examining your purpose as a college student. Most educators will agree that a desired outcome of education is that you will develop an appreciation for learning and see it as the foundation of your purpose.

Motivation

This represents your desire to successfully complete college level work. The primary focus of the motivation component rests in helping you set attainable and realistic goals in accordance with your desires, interests, and values.

You must periodically reflect to determine if your desires are leading you to accomplish your purpose. For instance, you may desperately desire to achieve, but if your ability is not developed enough failure may result. You are motivated by your value system. Advisors can guide you through values clarification exercises that center on the concept that your behaviors are a result of what you value the most.

Ability

These are the competencies you possesses to successfully complete college level work, manage time, and use effective resources. The primary function of many college success courses is increasing your abilities.

In its most simple description, ability represents the tools necessary to do the work. Did you study enough? Did you study the right things? Did you understand the material? Did you read and comprehend the text? These necessary questions are an attempt to examine if you have the tools necessary to understand, digest, and inter-relate the concepts taught. Helping you understand what skills are necessary to succeed in a course can be a great service offered by our faculty and advisors. Skills such as reading, planning, and reviewing may be easy for you to practice. Learning critical thinking methods, analysis, synthesis and evaluation represent higher levels of skill development.

Commitment

This is the required follow-through to successfully complete college level work. Commitment may be the greatest stumbling block for you.

Motivation that does not lead to commitment results in guilt. This guilt can motivate you to seek assistance on the campus. The development of a support system may be the strongest tool in overcoming commitment issues. Overcoming procrastination and controlling passions may become much stronger possibilities if you feel a sense of interdependence with campus colleagues (faculty, administrators and fellow students).