Measuring the Whole Student
Research and Evaluation

Measuring the Whole Student

Landscape Review of Traditional and Holistic Approaches to Community College Student Success

Posted: Sept. 30, 2020
Author(s): Melissa Blankstein and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg
Organization(s): Ithaka S+R

As colleges and universities work to enhance student success, they frequently use traditional outcome-based metrics—such as graduation rates, year-to-year retention, and post-graduation employment—to define that “success.” These measurements, which are reported to and used by government, regulatory, and accrediting agencies, are influential for decision-making, benchmarking, ranking, and most importantly, funding. A new report examines traditional metrics, and offers insight on how other metrics could help form a more holistic view of community colleges’ success.