“Students Transitioning through Education programs Successful (S.T.E.P.S.) – A Researched-Based, Evidence-Driven Model for Effectively Serving Underserved Students”
A Project from The Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative
Virginia’s Community Colleges’ New Horizons Excellence in Education Awards Winner 2017
Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully (S.T.E.P.S.) at Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) was developed in September 2012, in response to the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS), Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to increase the number of underserved students that graduate, transfer, or earn non-credit credentials. Researchers attribute low retention rates among underserved students to lack of academic preparedness, limited financial resources, family obligations, and/or social incongruence. Coaches utilize research-based, evidence-driven strategies to achieve program results and the goals of Achieve 2015 and Complete 2021. Data reveal significant outcomes as follows: (a) 70% of students maintained a 2.0 or above GPA; (b) 134 degrees, diplomas, certificates, or other credentials earned; (c) over $235,000 in scholarships awarded; and (d) 3-year average retention rates for Fall to Spring (77.86%) and Fall to Fall (49.46%) that consistently exceed the VCCS and PDCCC by 7% to 18%.
Walker, S. and Clark, L., (2016). Students Transitioning Through Education Programs
Successfully (S.T.E.P.S.): A Research-Based, Evidence-Driven Model for Effectively Serving Underserved Students. In S. Whalen (ed.) Proceedings of the 12th National Symposium on Student Retention, Norfolk, Virginia. (pp. 384-400). Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma.
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