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
MDRC Success Courses for Students on Academic Probation (PDF, 82KB) Adult Education, Degree Attainment, Improving Achievement, Persistence, Personalized Instruction, Retention
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
North Carolina Community College System SuccessNC (MS Word, 82KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Basic Skills, Career Pathways, Developmental or Remedial Education, Mentoring, Modular Curriculum, STEM, Transfer and Articulation
Governors State University The Dual Degree Program (MS Word, 66KB) Affordability, Degree Attainment, Dual Degrees, Persistence, Retention, Time to Degree, Transfer and Articulation, Tuition Reduction, Underrepresented Students
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
Kaplan University The Kaplan Commitment (PDF, 300KB) Adult Education, Competency-Based Learning, Degree Attainment, Non-Traditional Age Students, Prior Learning Assessment, Retention, Skill Assessments, Time to Degree
Western Kentucky University (WKU) The Learning Center (TLC): Developing Skills for Academic Success/Academic Advising and Retention Center (MS Word, 78KB) Mentoring
New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) The Operation College Promise (OCP) Creating Environment for Veteran Success Model (MS Word, 152KB) Career Pathways
California State University, Northridge The SuperSenior Project (MS Word, 53KB) Degree Attainment
California State University, Northridge Thriving and Achieving Program (TAP) (MS Word, 41KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Degree Attainment, Retention
South Seattle Community College (SSCC) TRIO Student Success Services (SSS) (MS Word, 61KB) Improving Achievement, Student Services
Syracuse University TRIO Student Support Services at Syracuse University (MS Word, 66KB) Student Services
California State University, Long Beach Use of Data to Support Student Success (MS Word, 49KB) Data Collection or Use, Retention, 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
California State University, Long Beach VET NET Ally Seminar (MS Word, 70KB) Student Services
Virginia's Community Colleges Virginia Education Wizard (MS Word, 74KB) Assessment Technology, Career Pathways, Degree Attainment, Digital Materials, Skill Assessments, Transfer and Articulation
CUNY York Virtual Advisement (MS Word, 160KB) Advising, Efficiency, 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
University of West Alabama WISE GEMS: Women in Science Empowering Girls Engaged in Math and Science (PDF, 84KB) STEM
Mount Ida College YOU’RE ALMOST THERE PROGRAM: The Learning Circle/TRIO Program (MS Word, 37KB) Affordability, Degree Attainment