Optimism and Weariness: Students Entering College in Fall 2021 are Mentally Exhausted, but Eager for a Campus Experience

Most students entering college in fall 2021 had a disrupted high school experience. Following a distressing senior year, these students will soon enter college. Results from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) offer insight into entering students’ high school experiences and their expectations for the coming year.

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BCSSE in Action

The staff at Montana State's Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success use their BCSSE Advising Reports to determine which first-year students are at risk for early departure. By coupling BCSSE data with the university's ChampChange program, Montana State has been successful in reaching its retention targets. How they achieved this success was presented at the 2015 Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in Dallas.

We truly feel we have a partnership with BCSSE that is leading to better student persistence outcomes. We have also found the student advising data and reports to be an important component in our strategy to identify students who would benefit from our services.

Carina N. Beck, Ed.D., Director, Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success, Montana State University

Evidence-Based Improvement in Higher Education

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