Most students who enroll in community college plan to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree, but only a small percentage succeed. That’s why we’re supporting an initiative to reform transfer practices within state college systems.
By offsetting the cost of tuition, College Promise programs make it easier for students from low-income backgrounds to enroll. But many students face obstacles beyond financial need. This project is exploring the impact of adding proven interventions to increase student success.
Texting reminders to high school grads over the summer keeps more on track for college in the fall. We’re making startup grants to Wisconsin school districts so they can launch text nudging programs and improve on-time college enrollment rates.
*Snapshot Report – First-Year Persistence and Retention, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2017
To help freshman women successfully tackle the challenges of transitioning into college life, we're funding the creation of an online support community designed to build confidence and increase persistence.
We're supporting the Aspen Institute as they develop practical tools to help community colleges nationwide strengthen employer collaborations.
College Transition Collaborative is working to develop and share guidance with colleges about how to craft financial aid probation letters that meet federal requirements and convey their commitment to helping students succeed.
Apprenticeships lead to good jobs, but for many it's a rocky financial road getting there, with little aid and big expenses for equipment and clothing. But $1,500 makes the going easier.
*The Condition of Education, NCES, April 2017
Latino students are less likely to earn a postsecondary degree than any other ethnicity. To help narrow the achievement gap, we're funding Excelencia in Education as they implement proven completion strategies at eight Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).
According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 39% of community college students graduate within six years. There are many initiatives currently underway to improve that number, and one of the most promising is guided pathways, a more efficient, well-defined path through college that can increase graduation rates.
APLU has proven that small grants—often just a few hundred dollars—can help low-income students finish college. Together with Lumina Foundation, we're funding college completion grants on nine college campuses.
By preparing STEM graduate students to be effective in both lab and classroom, we hope to prevent many talented undergrads from leaving STEM majors due to uneven teaching quality.
Combine rigorous tutoring, steady mentoring and summer internship experiences and you get more engaged high schoolers. You also get a significant majority going on to college.
To improve graduation rates among Latino students, we’re funding an initiative aimed at improving supports at Hispanic-Serving Institutions with a focus on the needs of adult learners, who make up a large portion of the Latino student population.
Starting college on the right foot includes choosing an area of study, passing relevant gateway classes and making sure credits will transfer to a specific degree program. But conventional approaches to math placement and requirements trip up far too many first-year students. The University of Wisconsin System Math Initiative aims to boost student achievement with evidence-based, systemwide reform.
Madison College’s new campus will improve access to education and community services for underrepresented residents of the city’s south side. Our pledge ensures the facility will be ready for action in the fall of 2019—four years ahead of schedule.
Many students who've transferred to a four-year institution would be eligible for a credential if credits could be transferred back to the community college they previously attended.
Working with universities to ensure that a small unpaid campus bill is not a barrier for at-risk students nearing graduation.
Focusing on the way students enter college and progress through the first year to propel them to earn degrees and credentials.
Moving the needle on two-year college completion requires integration of varied student success efforts. We're partnering with Jobs for the Future to bring the national Student Success Center model to Wisconsin's technical colleges.
For low-income college students, unexpected expenses like car repairs or medical bills often lead to dropping out. But these micro-grants can quickly and effectively change that.
Achieving the Dream's network of colleges will now receive more customized support for reform efforts aimed at increasing student success.
Nearly all college students take algebra by default, but only half pass the class. The New Mathways Project challenges the status quo with three math pathways to boost student achievement and support their career goals.
Statway® and Quantway® are new ways of teaching math—and they blow traditional dev ed completion rates out of the water. So we're learning what it takes to convince more community colleges to make the switch.
Earning a college degree can break the cycle of poverty. Making it possible for thousands more low-income students: intensive coaching and support that follows them from high school through college.