“It’s a whole new world”: A qualitative exploration of college students’ definitions of and strategies for college success


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

This study used focus group interviews to explore 22 students’ definitions of and strategies for college success. Students’ narratives revealed their definitions of success were multifaceted and encompassed how they were doing academically, their degree of social integration, and their perceived ability to navigate the college environment. In addition, although students described a range of strategies that contributed to their academic success, their reports revealed they did not always employ those strategies. These findings affirm that institutions should continue providing services that support students’ academic success, while also promoting their personal development and social integration

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