What are the Best SSS Practices?
The following SSS practices resulted in a significant positive effect on students’
persistence, grade point averages and graduation rates.
An emphasis on academic success - The program focus on ongoing academic enrichment at each level of the student's college experience. Course performance expectations and tutorial attendance standards are highly enforced. In addition, tutoring in the first year showed the greatest positive effect.
Ongoing advising – Staff members meet with students multiple times throughout the semester.
High levels of student contact hours - The program offers services and activities to meet individual needs and financial incentives to motivate students to show up for services. It is noteworthy, that the effects of SSS are more profound as a student's contact hours increase.
Targeted recruitment and selection procedures- Students are selected who have the potential to be successful in the program and committed to obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
Dedicated and skilled staff - The program is staffed adequately by individuals who are dedicated and qualified to accomplish its purpose. Job related training and development are integral parts of the effectiveness of the program. SSS staff come from similar social, economic, and/or racial/ethnic backgrounds as program participants. Their own personal experiences allow them to understand SSS students' lives, which shape their insights and expertise.
An inclusive and supportive environment - SSS staff common background with participants helps create a home-base environment that maximizes students' success.