Holistic Student Supports Redesign Coaching Program

Supporting the student experience from connection through completion requires more than offering a wide menu of student programs and services.  As colleges across the country embrace guided pathways, implement advising technologies, and rethink what it means for students to be college and career ready, it is imperative that colleges are operating with an intentional student-centered design that allows for the maximization of limited resources in support of student success and equity at scale. Through our work with more than 100 institutions across the nation, we discovered that the most effective way to support students in getting on their path and staying on their path to academic and career success is through a holistic student supports approach.

What is a Holistic Student Supports Approach?
A holistic student supports approach is the intentional planning and integration of mission critical student academic and personal supports. This is different from simply offering a multitude of disparate services for designated populations of students. 
Providing holistic student supports requires that institutions become student-ready by integrating and enhancing myriad support services into a seamless, timely, and personal experience for every student.

To achieve this, institutions need to design, implement, evaluate, and sustain… 

  1. a comprehensive advising program and student support model
  2. the development of a scalable case management model
  3. the use of a change leadership framework to engage the campus community and continue to refine the institution's approach
  4. assessing, optimizing, and improving technology use to include using technology to scale supports, improve operations, and generate actionable data for ongoing process improvement.

How Holistic Student Supports Redesign Aligns with Guided Pathways
A growing emphasis on guided pathways has colleges increasingly looking to redesign critical support services, such as advising and academic planning, to ensure that more students can reach their educational and career goals. However, a comprehensive approach to guided pathways that realizes its full potential is not complete without a holistic approach to student supports that goes beyond advising and planning redesigns. It is possible, however, for a college to move forward with the thoughtful and purposeful implementation of holistic student supports without committing to guided pathways.

OUR Solution

Achieving the Dream is offering a Holistic Student Supports Implementation Service, to help your college accelerate its learning and integrate its student support redesign efforts.

Our Holistic Student Supports Implementation Service engagement is an intensive three-year experience which includes:

  • Expert on-campus and online coaching
  • A library of evidence-based practices from across ATD’s over 230 colleges
  • Access to subject-matter experts to provide training across your organization
  • Access to the nation’s premier college reform, including 220 peer institutions in 40 states and the District of Columbia working toward similar goals



To learn more about this service, contact Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland, ATD Executive Director of Integrated Student Support Strategies, at mireland@achievingthedream.org to set up a 30-minute consultation.

Want to learn more about Achieving the Dream’s unique approach to holistic student supports? Download our free Integrated Student Support Redesign toolkit to access practical tools, tips, and worksheets.

Not an ATD Network college? Join us! We're building our 2019 Cohort now and invite you to inquire about how you can become part of our growing national network of colleges that are committed to improving student success for their students. Please contact Bonita Brown, ATD Vice President of Network Engagement at bbrown@achievingthedream.org.

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