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Every week, EduNav rounds up three must-read articles about student success. The trends that they highlight, challenges they explore, and innovative thinking that they spotlight inspire us every day as we work to help our college and university partners meet their student success goals. On our must-read list this week: defining “student success,” early intervention for better retention, and a familiar face stepping into a presidential role.

What does it take to be a successful student?

In this TEDxYouth@ClintonSquare talk, motivational speaker Arel Moodie helps a student audience realize what becomes so clear once we reach adulthood: you don’t have to be the smartest or the most skilled to be successful.

The nation’s first degree-granting HBCU takes an early intervention approach to boosting retention rates

Lincoln University has adopted a First Year Student Initiative as a way to address concerning student retention trends. “If you visit your advisor, that’s how you know how you’re progressing through your degree plan, that’s how you know about different university policies and procedures,” shared Qubieinique Greer, the newly appointed Director of Lincoln’s Academic Success Center, in an article posted by the News Tribune. “And so that’s one thing I’m hoping to accomplish this year.”

RVCC Provost and VP of Academic Affairs becomes new President of Mercer County Community College

Debi Preston, Ph.D., a recent panelist on EduNav’s online panel discussion about student success, will begin a new role as President of Mercer County Community College next month. “MCCC is an institution that is passionate about serving students and the residents of Mercer County,” she said, “and I am thrilled to join the dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators on both campuses as we work together to provide inclusive, high-quality education for our community.”