Last week, we had the opportunity to attend the NCCEP capacity building conference in NYC. We had a great time, and are fired up about the information we came home with!

Thinking back on the conference, there are 3 big takeaways that come to mind.

WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF
NON-COGNITIVE SKILLS MATTER

I listened to Brandon Busteed of the Gallup organization share critical (and extensive) data on student success, and it was eye opening. He identified several key factors for student success in college. These included their involvement in non-academic activities, their relationship with a mentor, and whether or not they felt genuinely supported by faculty.


WE MUST CONNECT WITH STUDENTS EMOTIONALLY

Once again, according to the Gallup research, 70% of our decision making process is based on emotional factors and 30% is based on rational factors. When students are asked what their #1 reason for their college choice is, the most frequent response is: “It just felt right.”
Our job as educators and making the way more possible for college access is an emotional one. The more we can connect with students, the more effective we will be.

WE CAN BETTER SERVE STUDENTS AND COLLEGE
ACCESS PROGRAMS

At Paradigm Shift, our number one priority is supporting college access programs.
I learned more about various techniques used by professionals across the country. Our demographics may be different, our backgrounds may be different, and our strategies may be different, but the goal is the same. We all help students succeed.


You are doing a great job. Thank you for all you do.