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
Trinity Washington University Curricular Redesign as a “Promising Practice” to Increase Postsecondary Success at Trinity Washington University (MS Word, 57KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Developmental Education, Learning Assessment, Persistence, Retention, Underrepresented Students
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
Trinity Washington University Accelerated Learning Courses as a “Promising Practice” to Increase Postsecondary Success at Trinity Washington University (MS Word, 45KB) Accelerated Learning, Achievement Gap Closure, Competency-Based Learning, Developmental Education, Learning Assessment, Technology-Enabled Learning, Underrepresented Students
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
Trinity Washington University Cohort Advising as a "Promising Practice" to Increase Postsecondary Success at Trinity Washington University (MS Word, 37KB) Advising, Retention, Underrepresented Students
Truckee Meadows Community College Success First Program (PDF, 672KB) Degree Attainment, Developmental or Remedial Education, Mentoring, Persistence, Retention, Student Services, Time to Degree, Underrepresented Students
University at Buffalo Student Support Services Program at the University at Buffalo (MS Word, 49KB) Student Services
University of Alaska Anchorage Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (MS Word, 332KB) STEM
University of Arizona My Wildcat Track (MS Word, 82KB) Community of Practice, Improving Achievement, Learning Assessment, Persistence, Retention, Skill Assessments, Student Services
University of Delaware Nfoshare - A Social Networking Learning Platform (MS Word, 74KB) Learning Communities, Online Teaching and Learning, Real-Time Online Interactions, Technology-Enabled Learning
University of Detroit Mercy Modular Math (MS Word, 57KB) Modular Curriculum, Persistence, Retention, STEM
University of Georgia Studying Abroad Increases the Likelihood of Timely College Completion (MS Word, 37KB) Data Collection or Use, Learning Assessment, Time to Degree
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I-LEAP (MS Word, 29KB) Civil Engagement, Mentoring, Persistence, Retention, Skill Assessments, Underrepresented Students
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 Minnesota, Twin Cities An Integrative Approach to the First Year Experience (MS Word, 212KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Community of Practice, Learning Communities, Multidisciplinarity, Persistence, Retention, Technology-Enabled Learning, Underrepresented Students
University of Nevada, Reno College Life 101 Retention Program (MS Word, 86KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Degree Attainment, Persistence, Retention, Student Services, Underrepresented Students
University of South Florida Various Programs for Student Success (MS Word, 193KB) Degree Attainment, Learning Communities, Multidisciplinarity, Persistence, Retention, Student Services, Technology-Enabled Learning, Underrepresented Students
University of Texas at El Paso Plus Two Peer-Lead Team Learning for Large Introductory STEM Classes (MS Word, 470KB) Degree Attainment, Retention, STEM
University of West Alabama WISE GEMS: Women in Science Empowering Girls Engaged in Math and Science (PDF, 84KB) STEM
University of Wisconsin - Stout Math Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) (MS Word, 57KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Basic Skills, Blended Learning