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

A Boot Camp for Innovation in Bioscience: LABioStart

Entrepreneurs play a critical role in our economy. The innovations they develop have a cascading effect on job creation, standards of living, and growth in related industries. Teaching talented individuals to become entrepreneurs themselves and supporting them as they launch … Continue reading A Boot Camp for Innovation in Bioscience: LABioStart

Cal State Fullerton’s Dash Toward Student Success

Cal State Fullerton has increased graduation rates, improved student persistence and dramatically lowered the student achievement gap since the creation of a university-wide Strategic Plan four years ago. While the success is attributable to a myriad of factors, the innovative … Continue reading Cal State Fullerton’s Dash Toward Student Success

Small Changes, Big Results: How “Re-imagining the First Year” Is Changing the Way We View Student Success

The undergraduate students of the 21st century in America will include significantly greater numbers of low income, first generation and students of color.  Many of these students will not be as well prepared for college as some previous students.  Yet it’s not simply how many students are college-ready.  In the rapidly-changing circumstances and demographics of this new century, a companion question will be:  How many institutions are student-ready?  How institutions react to this new generation of students, particularly low income, first generation, and students of color, will not only determine how many of these students succeed; it will determine how … Continue reading Small Changes, Big Results: How “Re-imagining the First Year” Is Changing the Way We View 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