What does student success look like?
I have been pondering this question as I prepared my poster presentation for the Kentucky Student Success Summit. I have made no secret of how troubling I find our national, state, and local conversations about student success – perhaps my biggest concern begins with a definition of success.
Far too many people, many who should know better, believe success can be, indeed should be, quantified and compared. That is just wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels. Success is personal. It has to be. We are humans, we are individuals, and our success has to be individual, too. Success is not a one-size-fits-all proposition and it cannot be standardized. The only thing that can be standard are the benchmarks and floors but the ceilings and even the borders – those should not be limiting or limited.