Today, I am pleased to announce the formation of the Student Success Collaborative, to bring together leaders with statewide, national and international experience, to help us identify and disseminate highly effective policies and strategies.
We held our first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The selected members will inform the development of statewide policy designed to dramatically enhance student success.
At the first meeting, Darryl Greer, from Stockton University's Center for Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance, presented a study based on students' attitudes toward academic advising and career counseling services.
The full report, commissioned by my office, can be found here.
- Students view internships as important but few find or participate in them. Ninety-three percent thought internships were a critical first step to get a job or enjoy career success, but only 17 percent had participated in an internship.
- Seventy-six percent of the students surveyed reported working for pay while in college, with 42 percent working 30 hours or more per week.
- Students said they preferred face-to-face meetings with advisers over email or social media contacts.
The Student Success Collaborative will examine higher education institutions' policies, programs and practices related to student safety and success.
A review of the following areas will be conducted to identify exemplars as well as weaknesses in:
- Advising and counseling;
- Sexual harassment and assault;
- Diversity and inclusion of students of different backgrounds (first generation, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, and different abilities);
- Financial aid;
- Health and safety;
- Commuter and residential student life; and
- General campus climate.
I offer my deepest appreciation to the distinguished, dedicated, passionate and brilliant founding members of the Student Success Collaborative for their willingness to offer their expertise, talent and time to this critically important initiative.