Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success
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In January 2012, the Secretary of Education invited submissions about promising and practical strategies, practices, programs, and activities that have improved rates of postsecondary success, transfer, and graduation. In September 2012, the Department of Education (ED) invited a second round of submissions, which added to this growing compendium of knowledge about promising practices. On this page, you can find the submissions from institutions and organizations that responded to both of these invitations. ED hopes that this information will be of interest to others in situations similar to those described in these submissions.

As noted in the Request for Information, ED will continue to review and post additional responses on a regular basis. Please refer back to this page for announcements of future submission deadlines. See the Federal Register notice for information on how to submit.

Organization Name Tags
Eastern Connecticut State University/Quinebaug Valley Community College Eastern Connecticut State University/Quinebaug Valley Community College Dual Enrollment Program (MS Word, 41KB) Degree Attainment, Mentoring, Retention, Underrepresented Students
Miami Dade College Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS Word, 41KB) Active Learning, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Education, Enhanced Discovery Based Learning, Experiential Learning, Spiral Curriculum, Spiral Learning
MDRC Emergency Financial Aid Programs (MS Excel, 59KB) Data Collection or Use, Degree Attainment, Improving Achievement, Student Services, Underrepresented Students
MDRC Enhanced Academic Counseling for Community College Students (PDF, 53KB) Degree Attainment, Improving Achievement, Persistence, Retention, Student Services
Austin Peay State University Enhanced Mathematics - A Co-requisite Approach to Developmental Mathematics (MS Word, 78KB) Achievement Gap Closure
Irvine Valley College Enhancing Secondary and Postsecondary Articulation for Success in Assessment and Course Completion (MS Word, 57KB) Basic Skills, Cost Saving, Course Articulation, Degree Attainment, Developmental or Remedial Education
Northeast Alabama Community College Enhancing Student Engagement with Technology (MS Word, 33KB) Blended Learning, Degree Attainability, Digital Materials, Improving Achievement, Mentoring, Non-Traditional Student, Online Teaching and Learning, Persistence, Retention, Technology-Enabled Learning, Web-Based Learning
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Exploratory Program for Undecided Students and the SEEK Learning Community/Academic Advising and Retention Center (MS Word, 78KB) Degree Attainment, Learning Communities
California State University, Long Beach Faculty Development for Student Success (MS Word, 53KB) Degree Attainment, Retention
CUNY York First-Year Experience (FYE) Program (MS Word, 53KB) Degree Attainment, Retention
California State University, Long Beach First-Year Learning Communities and Mentoring (MS Word, 70KB) Learning Communities, Mentoring, Retention
Buffalo State College First-Year Student Success and Retention: Making Achievement Possible (MS Word, 311KB) Retention
Flathead Valley Community College Flathead Valley Community College-Montana's Department of Labor and Industry Collaboration for Student Employment Information (MS Word, 70KB) Data Collection or Use, Job Placement
Sam Houston State University FORWARD: A Program for Former Foster Youth, Orphans, and Wards of the Court (MS Word, 119KB) Degree Attainment
Northeastern University Foundation Year: Redesigning the First Year of College for First Generation and Non-Traditional Students (MS Word, 152KB) Degree Attainment, Improving Achievement, Persistence, Retention, Underrepresented Students
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Freshmen Academic Probation Project/Academic Advising and Retention Center (MS Word, 66KB) Advising, Data Collection or Use
City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate NYC! College Readiness & Success (MS Word, 57KB) Community Engagement, Community of Practice, Data Collection or Use, Degree Attainment, Momentum Points, Open Educational Resources, Skills Assessment, Time to Degree
California State University, Fresno Graduation Rate Initiative (MS Word, 53KB) Degree Attainment, Retention
Kentucky State University Green 2 Gold Work Program (MS Word, 90KB) Cost Saving, Degree Attainment, Retention
LaGuardia Community College Green Jobs Training Program (MS Word, 41KB) Accelerated Learning, Adult Education, Affordability, Certificate Attainment, Contextualized Learning, Job Placement, Modular Curriculum, Retention