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NPEC National Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success: Commissioned Papers

The recommendations and opinions expressed by the authors of the commissioned papers are not necessarily those of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).

As part of its National Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success, the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) commissioned five papers from researchers in the field to address the question “What is student success?” Each of the commissioned papers explored this question from a different viewpoint and each made a unique contribution to the literature in this field. The papers also identified the need for future research and theory on this topic, and offered recommendations for improving policy and practice related to student success in postsecondary education. In addition to these papers, NCES commissioned James Hearn, Professor of Higher Education, University of Georgia to summarize and synthesize the five papers, to identify common and unique themes, and areas for additional research.

NPEC also commissioned Peter Ewell, from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and Jane Wellman, from the Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity and Accountability, to attend the symposium and develop a paper that summarized and synthesized the major themes and findings emanating from the Symposium discussions.

The Hearn paper, the Ewell-Wellman paper and the five commissioned papers, can be accessed using the links below.

Commissioned Papers

Faculty Professional Choices in Teaching That Foster Student Success
John M. Braxton, Vanderbilt University

Enhancing Student Success in Education: Summary Report of the NPEC Initiative and National Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success
Peter Ewell, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
Jane Wellman, Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity, and Accountability

Student Success: What Research Suggests for Policy and Practice
James C. Hearn, University of Georgia

What Matters to Student Success: A Review of the Literature
George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, and Jennifer A. Buckley, Indiana University Bloomington
Brian K. Bridges, American Council on Education
John C. Hayek, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

A Framework for Reducing the College Success Gap and Promoting
Success for All

Laura W. Perna, University of Pennsylvania
Scott L. Thomas, University of Georgia

Holland's Theory and Patterns of College Student Success
John C. Smart, Ph.D., The University of Memphis
Kenneth A. Feldman, Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
Corinna A. Ethington, Ph.D., The University of Memphis

Moving From Theory to Action: Building a Model of Institutional Action for Student Success
Vincent Tinto, Syracuse University
Brian Pusser, University of Virginia

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