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
Coconino Community College CCC2NAU a Degree Closer (MS Word, 78KB) Affordability, Cost Saving, Degree Attainment, Dual Degrees, Persistence, Retention, Time to Degree, Transfer and Articulation
Western Connecticut State University Building a Bridge to Improve Student Success Program (MS Word, 37KB) Degree Attainment, STEM
Valencia College Bridges to Success (MS Word, 918KB) Improving Achievement, Retention, Underrepresented Students
Paul Smith's College Beyond Retention: Supporting Student Success, Persistence, and Completion Rates through a Technology-based, Campus-wide, Comprehensive Student Support Program (MS Word, 811KB) Early Alert Program, Early Identification, Improving Achievement, Integrative Technologies, Predictive Modeling, Retention, Student Success, Time to Degree
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Best Expectation Programs (BEP) (MS Word, 78KB) Data Collection or Use, Retention
City University of New York (CUNY) At Home in College Program (MS Word, 57KB) College Transition, Developmental or Remedial Education, Persistence, Retention, 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 Alaska Anchorage Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (MS Word, 332KB) STEM
DeVry University Advantage Academy (MS Word, 389KB) Career Pathways, Cost Saving, Underrepresented Students
San Francisco State University ACES: Advocates for College Education Success: A Program for Reentry Students (MS Word, 66KB) Retention, Underrepresented Students
City University of New York (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) (MS Word, 78KB) Accelerated Learning, Block Scheduling, Data Collection or Use, Degree Attainment, Developmental or Remedial Education, Improving Achievement, 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
Metropolitan State College of Denver Academic Vital Signs Program: Turning Health Care Center Medical Visits into Referral Opportunities for At-Risk Students (MS Word, 57KB) Retention
Albion College Academic Success Program (PDF, 504KB) Improving Achievement, Retention
Young Harris College Academic Success Alert Program (ASAP) (MS Word, 74KB) Improving Achievement
California State University, Fresno Academic and Student Affairs Partnership: Improving Latino Graduation and Retention Rates (MS Word, 53KB) Advising, Degree Attainment, Retention
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Academic Advisor Development/Academic Advising and Retention Center (MS Word, 78KB) Degree Attainment, Retention
California State University, Long Beach Academic Advising Interventions to Ensure a Timely Graduation (MS Word, 49KB) Advising, Degree Attainment, Retention
Alverno College "Ways of Learning" Freshman Seminar (MS Word, 33KB) Degree Attainment, Freshman Seminar, Retention
Lynn University "The Dialogues of Learning" Curriculum (MS Word, 41KB) Curriculum