Student success starts at home

Published November 2015

Research indicates that college students succeed more often when they live on campus and among peers taking the same or similar courses. They stay in school and graduate at higher rates than do students living off campus. Purdue's residential programs and student success programs have joined forces to build on that knowledge. Together, they give students a Purdue-strong academic safety net that also pushes academic performance to heights the students themselves may not have believed possible.

Supplemental Instruction

There's nothing like knowing a successful fellow student you can count on. And when that student comes to your residence hall and helps you conquer a course that you're struggling with, it can be truly empowering. Students like these are the foundation for Purdue's Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, and a big reason why it received a 2014 international “Outstanding Supplemental Instruction Program” award. Improvements in student academic performance, retention and graduation rates were among the documented outcomes that brought about the honor.

The free SI program, offered through Student Success at Purdue, helps students with Purdue's toughest courses, providing peer-led help, often right in the residence halls. It is just one of many examples of innovation within University Residences that are transforming on-campus learning to help students succeed.

Learning communities

Learning communities are another means Purdue is using to accomplish the goal. “With learning communities, students live on the same floor with students taking the same classes,” says Beth McCuskey, vice provost for Student Life. “The living-learning program essentially academicizes the residence halls by building study groups and providing opportunities for students to talk about the impact of what they're learning. Together, the students also align and synthesize what they're learning and see how disciplines intertwine."

Part of the success of Purdue's student-focused programs is the ability to interconnect services to enhance them in new ways. “We always are building on Purdue's existing, strong resources,” McCuskey says. “Our DNA is innovation.”

To learn more about the many things that Purdue Student Life is doing to set Purdue apart in its efforts to ensure student academic success, visit its website.

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