Student success comes in many flavors

Student success can mean many things to community college students.

It can mean finally earning a degree after years of juggling classes, work and parenting.

It can mean finding the local community college is the best opportunity for transfer to a four-year institution — right in the students’ backyard.

It can mean learning that college is a real possibility — after a high school career that headed a different direction and didn’t include all of the prerequisites for college success.

Virginia’s Community Colleges, along with several other founding member states in the Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count initiative, is working to expand traditional definitions of student success to be more reflective of the community college mission.

In a Student Success snapshot, we’re looking at success that includes transferring to another college and staying enrolled — in addition to earning a degree or certificate.

The door is open. There’s always another chance to get started.


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