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
University of Wisconsin - Stout Math Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) (MS Word, 57KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Basic Skills, Blended Learning
Forsyth Technical Community College Mandatory New Student Orientation (MS Word, 61KB) Digital Materials, Mentoring, Orientation, Retention, Student Services
Valencia College LifeMap (MS Word, 45KB) Advising, Student Services, Student Success
Crafton Hills College Left Lane Project (MS Word, 41KB) Developmental or Remedial Education, Learning Communities, STEM
Boston College Learning to Learn (MS Word, 37KB) Improving Achievement, Mentoring, Underrepresented Students
Elgin Community College Learning Communities Impact (MS Word, 41KB) Developmental Education, First-Year Experience, Learning Communities, Professional Development, Student Success Course
Trinity Washington University Learning Communities as a “Promising Practice” to Increase Postsecondary Success at Trinity Washington University (MS Word, 41KB) Improving Achievement, Learning Communities, Persistence, Retention
MDRC Learning Communities (PDF, 66KB) Degree Attainment, Developmental or Remedial Education, Improving Achievement, Learning Communities, Persistence, Retention
Northeast Alabama Community College Learners in Transition Program (MS Word, 41KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Adult Education, Career Pathways
MDRC Introducing Student Services in the Classroom (PDF, 98KB) Basic Skills, Data Collection or Use, Developmental or Remedial Education, Mentoring, Part-Time Students, Retention, Student Services
MDRC Integrating Student Support Services and Academic Instruction at Community Colleges (PDF, 89KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Improving Achievement, Learning Communities, Persistence, Student Services
Trinity Washington University Instructional "Specialists" as a Promising Practice to Increase Postsecondary Success at Trinity Washington University (MS Word, 33KB) Basic Skills, Developmental or Remedial Education, STEM
EduGuide Increasing Successful Interventions Through Online Mentoring (MS Word, 801KB) Improving Achievement, Mentoring, Virtual Environment
Metro Academies Increasing College Completion Through a Redesign of the First Two Years of College (MS Word, 81KB) Block Scheduling, Degree Attainment, Learning Communities, Persistence, Retention, STEM, Student Services, Time to Degree, Transfer and Articulation, Underrepresented Students
Midlands Technical College Improving Academic Success for At-Risk Two-Year College Students (MS Word, 116KB) Developmental or Remedial Education, Learning Communities, Retention, Student Services
Illinois Education Foundation IEF Scholars Program (MS Word, 233KB) Student Services, Transfer and Articulation
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I-STEM (MS Word, 29KB) Civic or Community Engagement, Data Collection or Use, Improving Achievement, STEM, Underrepresented Students
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I-LEAP (MS Word, 29KB) Civil Engagement, Mentoring, Persistence, Retention, Skill Assessments, Underrepresented Students
League/1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund Health Careers College Core Curriculum (MS Word, 381KB) Career Pathways, Cohort Classes, Employer Partnership, Learning Communities, Non-Traditional Age Students, Time to Degree, Transfer and Articulation, Underrepresented Students
Shirley Ware Education Center (SWEC) and the SEIU UHW-West and Joint Employer Education Fund (the Education Fund) Health Career Upgrade and Success Through Educational Preparation (STEP) (PDF, 152KB) Career Pathways, Certificate Attainment, Degree Attainment, Employer Partnership, Healthcare, Incumbent Workers, Industry-Driven Competencies, Industry-Recognized Credentials, Job Placement