The Scorpion Path: First Year

The Scorpion Path: First-Year

    Aspiration

Students become involved at NSC and feel engaged with our community. They begin to see their experience as a transformational one. They have a plan to progress through the rest of their degree at NSC, the ability and the support needed to progress to the 2nd year, and they know how to access all of the major services (financial aid, advising, tutoring, etc.). They have the opportunity to engage in a cross-cutting academic experience that gives them practice using critical inquiry to engage with real-world issues.

    Audience

  • Full-time students willing to consider completing a BA/BS at NSC (as opposed to students who are taking a class but plan on transferring).
  • Part-time students who could consider shifting to fulltime and pursuing a degree.
  • Students living in our Residence Halls

      Goals

Enhance Problem-Solving Skills

  • Give students the opportunity to engage in critical inquiry and problem solving with practical implications.

Recognize Student Progress

  • Celebrate the achievements of first year students.

Enhance Community & Belonging

  • Increase students’ opportunity to engage with other students and embrace our culture.

Establish Robust Degree Pathways

  • Guide students along viable degree pathways that provide multiple avenues for timely credit accumulation on the path to graduation.

Provide Superb, Proactive Academic Support

  • Increase utilization of high-quality academic support services.

Strengthen Financial Wellness

  • Provide financial support to students with unmet need and implement a process to identify students who may be struggling due to financial concerns.

Action Plan

The Action plan outlines our deliverables, project leads, and priorities.

The Scorpion Path: Orientation

The Scorpion Path: Orientation

    Aspiration

Maximize enrollment of applicants in target populations and enhance their preparation and enthusiasm for the college experience.

    Audience

Newly admitted students.

      Goals

Increase Opportunity for Success

  • Enhance the likelihood of success for incoming students, particularly students who will benefit from extra assistance.

Engender Community & Belonging

  • Foster a welcoming environment that builds a sense of community among the incoming class and connects them to faculty, staff, and other students.

Increase College Literacy & Self-efficacy

  • Increase college literacy and engender a spirit of independence and self-direction through knowledge, self-reflection, and advocacy.

Strengthen Financial Wellness

  • Help students understand financial support options, including scholarships, grants, and student loans, while mitigating stigmas regarding the latter.

Action Plan

The Action plan outlines our deliverables, project leads, and priorities.

The Scorpion Path: Admitted

The Scorpion Path: Admitted

    Aspiration

Maximize enrollment of applicants in target populations and enhance their preparation and enthusiasm for the college experience.

    Audience

All admitted students, with a particular focus on

  • Students at all levels of achievement and prior preparation
  • Historically under-represented students
  • Non-nursing majors (especially prospective education students)

      Goals

Collect Evidence & Routinely Assess

  • Improve our evidence-based understanding of how we can create a more streamlined application and admissions process for students.

Enhance Community/Belonging

  • Increase sense of belonging to the college and enthusiasm for the institutional experience that we offer.

Streamline Path to Orientation

  • Adapt communication plan to ensure that it increases understanding of and adherence to the next steps in the admissions process, including the pathway to student orientation.

Optimize Math/English Placement

  • Provide a pathway to most advantageous gateway math and English placement, and eventual success.

Increase Pursuit of Financial Support

  • Continue to improve knowledge of financial support options while ensure that students take timely steps needed to receive support.

Action Plan

The Action plan outlines our deliverables, project leads, and priorities.