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Accessible, Affordable, Attainable: Reinventing Curriculum Delivery in Health Care Education

Adult college students who have made significant progress in their careers don’t have time to go back and start all over from the beginning. Although they may lack formal credentials, in many cases they have much of the knowledge and … Continue reading Accessible, Affordable, Attainable: Reinventing Curriculum Delivery in Health Care Education

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Three Suggestions for Promoting Technology Usage on Campus

Ever since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, technology has been used to disrupt, advance, and transform the education sector. In recent years, an entire industry has developed around ed tech, with dozens of conferences and … Continue reading Work Smarter, Not Harder: Three Suggestions for Promoting Technology Usage on Campus

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5 Things Universities Can Do to Engage Faculty in Student Success

As the summer draws to a close, you and your colleagues may be contemplating how you will achieve your goals for the upcoming academic year, and it’s likely that improving student retention, graduation, and success is high on your agenda. … Continue reading 5 Things Universities Can Do to Engage Faculty in Student Success

Urban Universities Excel at Improving Student Retention and Degree Completion

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named four urban-serving institutions as finalists last week for the APLU 2016 Project Degree Completion Award: California State University, Fresno, Cleveland State University, the University of California, Riverside and Wayne State University. The competition identifies institutions that have made significant progress toward improving degree completion on their campuses, and rewards universities that have developed innovative practices for retaining students. Although increasing the number of students who attend college is an important goal, degree completion is just as essential. Without a degree, students cannot reap the long-term benefits of their education such as … Continue reading Urban Universities Excel at Improving Student Retention and Degree Completion

No Small Change: How Financial Indicators Impact Student Success

Getting a college degree these days requires a substantial financial investment, one which raises the stakes for many students struggling to graduate. Seemingly minor setbacks like a missed financial aid deadline or a dropped course can derail a student’s progress, and many students find that there’s an unbridgeable gap between the funding they receive and their actual expenses. But these bumps in the road don’t just impact students – they can have significant consequences for the university’s bottom line as well. What are the biggest risk factors for students dropping out? And what can institutions do to keep students on … Continue reading No Small Change: How Financial Indicators Impact Student Success

Success for Adult Learners at University: An On-Line Toolkit

As part of Collaborating for Change, we are releasing a series of resources to advance student success. One of the most under-recognized and growing segments of the student population is the Adult learner. Whether they transfer from two schools, return after a hiatus, or start later, understanding who they are and what they need challenges many universities. Portland State University and the University of Akron, two Collaborating for Change Institutions with large adult learner populations, worked together to develop an on-line tool kit to document and share what they have learned along the way.  The provide recommendations and resources  to … Continue reading Success for Adult Learners at University: An On-Line Toolkit

Revolutionizing the Role of the University: Collaboration to Advance Innovation in Higher Education

USU, APLU and our Collaborating for Change Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are proud to release our newest report, Revolutionizing the Role of the University: Collaboration to Advance Innovation in Higher Education.  This  short but rich brief looks at what we are learning about making innovative change in higher education, drawn from the experiences of seven urban institutions:  Florida International University, Fresno State University,  Georgia State University, Portland State University, Temple University, University of Akron, and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Key Lessons The change process is: Student-centered Collaborative, both across campus and between campus and … Continue reading Revolutionizing the Role of the University: Collaboration to Advance Innovation in Higher Education