We believe the Student Success Program is one of the key factors in the success of our nursing graduates.
The Student Success Program was initially implemented in 2004 to increase retention and graduation rates of nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses) by providing activities to support their success. As a more far-reaching need was identified, the program expanded to include all undergraduate nursing students in the online and campus-based programs.
With the launching of the online program in 2010, the program was reconceptualized to address the unique needs of online students. Year-round interventions include conference calls, test preparation and study webinars, and one-on-one meetings.
The program uses peer mentors, tutoring services and specialized faculty support to enhance the students’ learning experiences. A course, Learning Professional Nursing and Life Skills (NURS 2232), is now being offered to assist students who experience challenges with testing, time management, clinical practice, and/or professional behavior.
Students may be referred to the Student Success Center by faculty or they may seek assistance directly with the coordinators. The most common areas of student need include: study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, math, HESI comprehensive exam and course preparation, along with financial and psychosocial issues and focused content review.
The Center expanded and relocated into a larger room in the Learning Resource Center (first floor of Pickard Hall) in Spring 2012. This new area houses five computers, a large conference room with learning resources that students can check out; a low fidelity manikin where students can practice or review their basic nursing skills; and electronic equipment which allows the faculty to communicate with distance sites.