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For decades, colleges have focused on making sure students are academically prepared to succeed in college. But today institutions look out for a broader array of skills that are frequently correlated with higher retention and graduation rates. Some of these are practical, like study habits and time management, and others are more abstract, like communications, empathy, and other non-cognitive functions.

As students enter college, institutions want to better measure these abilities and bolster them during summer workshops, orientation, and other opportunities.

Join "Making Sure Students Are Prepared for College" on May 2 at 2 p.m. to learn ways colleges are examining, teaching, and supporting these skills to make sure new students can succeed in the academic arena and beyond.


Ian Wilhelm

Deputy Managing Editor
The Chronicle of Higher Education


Benjamin Baum

Vice President of Enrollment
St. John’s College

Elena D. Hicks

Assistant Vice Provost, Dean of Admission
Southern Methodist University

Eva Blanco Masias

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Santa Clara University

Jared Tippets

Vice President for Student Affairs
Southern Utah University