(Re)Connect to College – Working with “Stop-out” Students in Cleveland

Cleveland State University (CSU) and College Now Greater Cleveland are collaborating on a project called (Re)Connect to College – aimed at helping stop-out students to return to the University and earn their degrees. Ohio has a statewide goal of increasing … Continue reading (Re)Connect to College – Working with “Stop-out” Students in Cleveland

Georgia State University Scales Student Success Model to Reach a Broader Student Population

At Georgia State University, we have successfully raised graduation rates, lowered time to degree, and decreased debt for our students by utilizing data and predictive analytics to pilot, evaluate, revise, and scale initiatives that eliminate barriers to student success. These … Continue reading Georgia State University Scales Student Success Model to Reach a Broader Student Population

All Hands on Deck: Partnering with Faculty to Redefine Excellence for Our Students and University

“Professor, I cannot thank you enough for this. You gave me hope! I’ll do my best!” recently emailed Miguel, an FIU first-year student, adding, “[T]his has relieved a great deal of stress.” His professor had written to those who hadn’t … Continue reading All Hands on Deck: Partnering with Faculty to Redefine Excellence for Our Students and University

Redesigning Advising? Online Course Provides Opportunity to Learn from Leading Colleges and Universities

This blog was originally published on the EDUCAUSE Review, Transforming Higher Ed blog on April 28, 2017 Last year, as program manager for the Personalized Learning Consortium of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and with a video … Continue reading Redesigning Advising? Online Course Provides Opportunity to Learn from Leading Colleges and Universities

Collaborating for Change: Flexible Degrees at Portland State University

This blog entry features Portland State University’s Collaborating for Change project efforts. PSU is one of three USU institutions participating in what is known as the Frontier Set, a group of colleges, universities, state higher education systems and partner organizations … Continue reading Collaborating for Change: Flexible Degrees at Portland State University

Students Helping Students: Using a Peer Approach to Improve College Enrollment and Completion

She looked at me with the common expression of the day—a combination of “I’m lost” and slight panic, “I’m gonna be late!” Truth is, I expected, and even looked forward to seeing and assisting disoriented students. It was the morning … Continue reading Students Helping Students: Using a Peer Approach to Improve College Enrollment and Completion

The HIGH Program provides the basics to Wayne State students in need

No student should have to choose between going to class and life’s most basic needs of food and shelter. Since we founded the HIGH Program in 2013, this has become our simple mantra that motivates us each day. Unfortunately, it … Continue reading The HIGH Program provides the basics to Wayne State students in need

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

Small Grants Produce Big Results to Push Students Across the College Finish Line

Nearly everyone has had, or will have, an unexpected financial need. The car breaks down.  A child is hurt on the playground.  And as frustrating as the unexpected bill may be, redirecting a few hundred dollars from the budget to cover it won’t cost you your college degree- not unless you’re among the millions of low income students dropped out annually by unmet need. Ironically many of these dropouts are students in good academic standing, only a semester or two from graduating.  They’ve spent years “plugging away, taking the right courses, getting the right grades,” said Tim Renick, Vice Provost and … Continue reading Small Grants Produce Big Results to Push Students Across the College Finish Line