Understanding The Student Experience Through The Loss/Momentum Framework: Clearing the Path to Completion

Rassen, Elisa; Chaplot, Priyadarshini; Jenkins, Paul Davis; Johnstone, Rob

Why do so many students struggle to complete their educational goals in a timely manner, or at all? As we can see from Sarah’s story, students who are motivated and excited about college are often derailed in their quest for credentials or transfers. While Sarah’s life outside of school sometimes gave her a raw deal, she also encountered a number of obstacles just trying to move through the institution and achieve her goals. Across the nation, community colleges are exploring how they can align their systems, programs and services to best meet student needs and help them to succeed in this global economy. In today’s economic climate, community colleges are one of the most essential resources for low-income Americans seeking a better life. At the same time, colleges are facing disheartening educational outcomes for the students they want to help most. Across the country, schools have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into new initiatives and interventions that have promised to turn things around for their students, only to find that limited, if any, progress has been made. In the face of these stubbornly low credential attainment and transfer rates, paired with tapped-out community college budgets, it is vital that college practitioners find a fresh way of building student success.


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Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
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February 12, 2014