Student Success

AAC&U seeks to advance student success through highly engaged, high-impact educational practices that advance liberal education outcomes. AAC&U advocates for providing to all students more purposeful pathways from school to and through college, no matter the student's chosen program or major, no matter the degree—all leading to essential learning outcomes. AAC&U’s work on student success is rooted in long-standing commitments to diversity, equity, and quality of learning.   AAC&U projects help campuses make transformational changes as our best hope to achieve the promise of truly democratic liberal education.

Campus Models and Case Studies

Collaborating for Transfer Student Success at Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State University

A positive trend in recent years has been the move by many colleges and universities toward integrated curricula through which students forge connections between general education and the major and... Read More

Supporting Contingent Faculty for Better Learning Environments at Virginia Tech

Approximately half of the faculty members teaching in the English department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) work off the tenure track. Most of those non-tenure... Read More

Pathways for Learning and Transfer at California State University-Northridge and Pierce College

“Why do I have to take this course?” It’s a question that most faculty members have probably heard at some point—especially if they teach courses that satisfy general education requirements. The... Read More
A Roadmap for Student Success at Manchester Community College

A Roadmap for Student Success at Manchester Community College

Hiring new faculty members is hard enough in a time of fiscal austerity, but getting the funds to hire more student support personnel can be even harder. “Our support staff is way out of proportion... Read More
High school students learn about water quality and wetland ecology during the Buffalo Bayou Cleanup hosted by the University of Houston–Downtown.

Institutionalizing Service Learning at the University of Houston-Downtown

Faculty and students at the University of Houston–Downtown (UHD) have long been engaged with the surrounding Houston community—“it was one of the things that actually attracted me to this position,”... Read More