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Meet a Keypather: Melissa Stec

By Melissa Stec

As Keypath’s Director of Student Success, Melissa Stec leads the Student Success team for the company’s U.S. partners.

Before coming to Keypath, Stec worked at various universities in admissions, advising and curriculum development. She also taught online courses for eight years.

“My experience really helps in my current role at Keypath,” Stec said. “It affects the way I work with students. I’m able to take a holistic approach to advising and education.”

Explain in two to three sentences what your role entails.

The Student Success team is filled with seasoned professionals who understand the challenges students may face throughout their educational journey. We work together with each student to devise a plan for successful completion of their degree.

Is there a hobby you can’t live without?

My first response is travel. My husband and I enjoy traveling to new places and immersing ourselves in the culture and lifestyles of the places we like to visit. Second, I am an avid DIY-er and enjoy doing projects at home. Most recently, my husband and I installed a paver brick patio and pond to enjoy in the warm weather.

What excites you about working for Keypath?

I love having the ability to work with so many different partners and students. It’s exciting to help guide students, make recommendations and see the positive outcomes. Students today are faced with so many challenges, and being able to use our knowledge and best practices to help a student become successful and complete their degree is extremely rewarding.

Where do you see your specialty going in the next five years?

Student needs and industry oversight will dictate changes. Our support and guidance for students will continue to adapt as our students face new challenges and as the industry continues to evolve.

How can you use your skills to change the student experience for the better?

With the student experience changing rapidly, it will be key for us to use the data we have to ensure that programs, support and resources best fit the needs of our students. From a retention or support standpoint, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Tailoring our efforts to the needs of students is critical to their success – and ours.

What is your favorite personal achievement?

I recently took up the art of stained glass, and I have become very good at it. I’ve been told I’m a natural. It’s an art form that allows you the creative freedom to make anything. It’s an amazing gift to take simple panes of glass and envision a piece of artwork. 

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