What We Know About Nonacademic Student Supports

Karp, Melinda Jane Mechur; Stacey, Georgia West

Nonacademic student supports are activities and programs that are designed to encourage academic success but that do not deal directly with academic content. They include formally structured programs—such as student success courses—and one-on-one services, such as academic, career, and financial aid advising. Some nonacademic student supports are provided in an academic context through activities such as required study groups, mandatory meetings with professors, and faculty/ staff interactions with students.


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Community College Research Center
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
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February 13, 2014


This research overview is part one of CCRC’s nonacademic student supports practitioner packet. Access parts two and three of the packet in Academic Commons: Designing a System for Strategic Advising (part two) at and Student Success Courses for Sustained Impact (part three) at