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

The Impacts of Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

In 1970, after one hundred years as a traditional science and engineering university, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) re-engineered its technological education to a new, student-centered... Read More

Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning for Curricular Coherence

As soon as new students step on their college campuses for the first time, they already face roadblocks to graduation. Maybe they don’t know how to apply for financial aid, they can’t decipher... Read More

A Tale of Three Grants: Redesigning First-Year Experiences to Bolster Student Success

After struggling for years with low completion rates, administrators at Chattanooga State Community College (ChSCC) decided to try something new. In 2010, when the Commission on Colleges of the... Read More
Texas A&M University–San Antonio

High-Impact Practices Help Students Succeed During University Expansion

In fall 2016, after exclusively educating junior-level, senior-level, and graduate students for over ten years, Texas A&M University–San Antonio (A&M–SA) opened its doors to first- and second... Read More
NTCCC

In Texas, A Collaborative Approach to the Two-Year to Four-Year Transition

The road from a community college to a four-year college or university can be a fraught one, filled with bureaucratic red tape and logistical difficulties. The North Texas Community College... Read More
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