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
Valencia College Bridges to Success (MS Word, 918KB) Improving Achievement, Retention, Underrepresented Students
Valencia College DirectConnect to UCF transfer initiative (MS Word, 41KB) Degree Attainment, Student Services, Transfer and Articulation
Valencia College LifeMap (MS Word, 45KB) Advising, Student Services, Student Success
Virginia's Community Colleges Centralize Back-Office Functions of Financial Aid (MS Word, 74KB) Productivity, Student Services
Virginia's Community Colleges Credit Audit (MS Word, 74KB) Cost Saving, Productivity, Time to Degree
Virginia's Community Colleges Virginia Education Wizard (MS Word, 74KB) Assessment Technology, Career Pathways, Degree Attainment, Digital Materials, Skill Assessments, Transfer and Articulation
Virginia's Community Colleges On Ramp (MS Word, 78KB) Adult Education, Career Pathways, Certificate Attainment, Cost Saving, Degree Attainment, Industry-Recognized Credentials, Job Placement, Non-Traditional Age Students
Virginia's Community Colleges Shared Services Distance Learning (MS Word, 74KB) Degree Attainment, Digital Materials, Online Teaching and Learning, Virtual Environment, Web-Based Learning
West Virginia University The Health Sciences and Technology Academy of West Virginia (MS Word, 33KB) First Generation College Bound, Healthcare Education, Increasing Graduation Rates, Pipeline Program, Rural Healthcare, Underrepresented Minorities
Western Connecticut State University Building a Bridge to Improve Student Success Program (MS Word, 37KB) Degree Attainment, STEM
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Academic Advisor Development/Academic Advising and Retention Center (MS Word, 78KB) Degree Attainment, Retention
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Best Expectation Programs (BEP) (MS Word, 78KB) Data Collection or Use, Retention
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
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Freshmen Academic Probation Project/Academic Advising and Retention Center (MS Word, 66KB) Advising, Data Collection or Use
Western Kentucky University (WKU) The Learning Center (TLC): Developing Skills for Academic Success/Academic Advising and Retention Center (MS Word, 78KB) Mentoring
Wheelock College Creating Learning Communities that Engage Students in the College and Its Surrounding Communities in Meaningful Community Service as a Strategy to Develop Students' Persistence in College (MS Word, 45KB) Community Engagement, Field Experience, First-Generation College Students, First-Year Students, Learning Communities, Retention
Whittier College Sophomore and Junior Student Retention Through Special Interest Housing Communities (MS Word, 41KB) Degree Attainment, Improving Achievement, Learning Communities, Persistence, Retention, Student Services
Whittier Union High School District Vocational Framework for Students with Disabilities to Increase Post-Secondary Success in Education and Employment (MS Word, 57KB) Career Pathways, Underrepresented Students
Young Harris College Academic Success Alert Program (ASAP) (MS Word, 74KB) Improving Achievement
Youngstown State University Center for Student Progress Summer Bridge to Bridge and Beyond (MS Word, 70KB) Learning Communities, Mentoring, Underrepresented Students