Supporting Student Success
Students come to Columbus State to pursue their goals and improve their lives. But
for some, financial, family, and other responsibilities may cause them to lose momentum
and stop out. Columbus State is committed to helping students overcome such barriers
to success. We work to support all students in their journey to complete a degree
or certificate, and transition to a four-year institution or the workplace.
In fact, the culture of student success is at the center of everything we do. As an Achieving the Dream school, Columbus State has a proud track record of focusing on student success. We are one of 30 premier institutions selected by the American Association of Community Colleges to develop next generation academic and career pathways. We are also one of 20 colleges entrusted by the Lumina Foundation-funded Right Signals Initiative to develop a new credentialing model to more clearly articulate graduate credentials and capabilities to employers. But our student success work is constantly evolving as we strive to support a diverse range of students.
We use equitable and inclusive practices to create a supportive learning environment. And at each step in the student’s journey — from connection, entry, progress, and completion, to transition to the workforce or a four-year institution — we use data to make strategic decisions to improve outcomes and help more students graduate.
Learn about these efforts on this site. You can navigate through each stage in the student journey to read more. You can also download a copy of the college Completion Plan.
Institutional Student Success Goals
- Increase the percent of students earning 15 college credits within their first year of college enrollment.
- Increase the percent of students completing gateway College Mathematics and English courses within their first year of college.
- Increase the percent of students who persist from their first year to their second year.
- Increase the percent of students earning 24 college credits within their first year of college enrollment.
- Increase the percent of students completing a degree or certificate at any institution within six years.
If you're looking for the Student Success Series of workshops for current Columbus State students, click here.