The facts show that Student Support Services is a program that works. We've put together just a few of the indicators here. These are facts that show that although some SSS students may enter college with credentials that put them slightly behind their peers in terms of achievement, they are more likely to do well in school. On average, they graduate with better grades and more impressive credentials than non-SSS students. Our students are leaders.
Upon entering BSU, as the table above shows, SSS students are more often required to take developmental classes. For 2001-2004, of entering BSU students, 9% of SSS students were required to take developmental reading or English, compared to 7% of non-SSS students. During those same years, 21% of SSS students were required to take developmental math, while 17% of non-SSS students were required to take these classes. Placement in developmental classes is based on tests that all incoming students take; these tests are designed to show preparedness for college-level work.
SSS students, on average*, have lower entering SAT scores than their non-SSS counterparts. For 2001-2003, SSS students' averages compared to other BSU students' averages are shown above.
Here's the clincher: despite lower average entering SAT scores and higher enrollment rates in developmental classes, SSS students' grade point averages are consistently higher than other BSU students' grade point averages. The table above shows this for 2001-2003.
*It's important to remember that "average" doesn't mean all. Some SSS students enter BSU with above average SAT scores; they are all low-income, first-generation, or dealing with a documented disability, however, and merit SSS assistance based on those criteria.