One of the reasons college students fail to successfully complete a degree is poor academic and college skill preparation (U.S. Department of Education, 2011). This study attempted to identify deficiencies in skills considered necessary to be successful in college by surveying agriculture students at a two year agricultural college. Participating students were asked to indicate their perceived importance of and competency for each skill. Data was analyzed using Borich’s model to calculate a Mean Weighted Discrepancy Score for each skill. The data indicated that students need the most assistance with “Eliminating distractions from your study environment” and “Dealing with stress in a healthy way.” With these skill deficiencies identified, faculty and staff can take measures to improve students’ competency in these skills and potentially increase student success.


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Borich’s model, postsecondary certificate



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