Saturday, December 7

Exploring Student Success: Why it Isn’t Always Measurable


by Alicia Betz

Success in college is often measurable: grades, degrees, and securing jobs—but the real growth and achievement usually happens intangibly. This article explores alternate definitions and examples of student success that ultimately create a more balanced and well-rounded person.

  • Success Isn’t Always Measurable: My Experience
  • How Failure Equates to Success
  • True Success Encompasses the Whole Person
  • Alternate Definitions of Success from Students

Success Isn’t Always Measurable: My Experience

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a perfectionist. My parents never had to sit me down and make me do my homework. Even in elementary school, I made it a priority to complete every assignment, and I stressed if I forgot to bring a textbook home or didn’t have enough time to finish my homework. It comes as no surprise, then, that I got good grades in college.

What did come as a surprise was that one of my biggest accomplishments in college had nothing to do with grades, but everything to do with making friends. My cohort of English Education majors had such a tight bond, and many of us still talk and support each other today. Our professors gave us the space to form connections, network, and work collaboratively; had they been so focused on instruction and assessment in our classes, I never would have been able to build these relationships. They knew that we would grow and learn just as much from each other and from sharing our field experiences as we would from the course material, so there were many times when they just stepped back and let that happen.

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