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

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) underwent a unique kind of two- to... 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
Faculty Development for Student Success at Bronx Community College

Faculty Development for Student Success at Bronx Community College

Colleges and universities often have some form of first-year orientation to help both students and faculty become acquainted with the institution and learn about basic logistical procedures and key... Read More
The Power of Intentionality: Cal State Fullerton's Strategic Approach to Ensuring Equity

The Power of Intentionality: Cal State Fullerton's Strategic Approach to Ensuring Equity

In recent years, calls for disruption in higher education have orbited around the seductive nucleus of technology—particularly massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other “unbundled” online... Read More
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