Building bridges to student success.

Author:Bendici, Ray
Position::Models of Excellence
 
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Student success is inherently at the center of every institution's mission, and this round of Models of Excellence showcases eight initiatives dedicated to supporting that goal, from before a student's first class right through--and beyond--graduation. Honorees include efforts aimed at improving academic performance as well as boosting life skills that transcend the classroom.

Two honorees feature bridge-type programs targeting students who either need academic help or are from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. One school has created a 12-day immersion for incoming students who have been admitted on a probationary basis that includes developmental mathematics and English courses in addition to college-orientation activities. Another school goes a bit further, establishing a two-year program for first-generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged students where each student is monitored and participates in regular self-assessments, ensuring that they stay on course to graduation.

Broadening student horizons beyond their own campus is another common theme. By establishing its own YouTube channel featuring open-source courses for math placement test preparation and general subject knowledge, one institution has connected with more than 35,000 students from 182 countries--and won a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education....

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