Strategies

We believe our students – of every race, gender, age and income level – aspire to complete college credentials of value and purpose. We recognize that as leaders of states, communities, institutions and classrooms, we have a responsibility to boost student success. And we have a plan to get there.

The CCA Way

Since our founding in 2009, we've learned valuable lessons from our Alliance Members, staff, partners, fellows and other practitioners about successfully scaling college completion efforts. The Scaling Standards below provide concrete, verifiable, and deliberate areas of focus that strengthen implementation of Game Changer strategies.

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Equity

Our collective economic, cultural and civic futures depend on success in higher education for all people. We must move beyond lip service, recognizing that while data disaggregation is an essential starting point, more must be done in our efforts to permanently close achievement gaps.

Metrics and Evidence

Facts matter. We do not fear the hard truths revealed through an honest assessment of the data. Everyone - from the boardroom to the classroom - must engage in data analysis and evaluation of results to help drive continuous improvement.

Policy

Smart policy accelerates and sustains systemic reforms. It should be used when it is evidence-based, pursued in an appropriate venue, developed transparently and crafted with implementation in mind.

Communications

Communication helps drive change. Effective mechanisms enhance connectedness amongst stakeholders, illustrate powerful implementation efforts and stories of success, and marshal public opinion toward the need for reform.

Implementation At Scale

Clear, concise, highly-structured, evidence-based and goal-orientated implementation plans achieve dramatic improvement in student success. We expect action at scale and with urgency, so all students are provided the opportunity to benefit from reform efforts.

The Alliance

We're all in this together. As a growing Alliance we learn from one another, support efforts for reform, and come together to accelerate the work around the country. We're impatient reforms, agents of change and system disruptors - equipped with evidence and driven by the reality that our country's future depends on our collective action.

Equity

Our collective economic, cultural and civic futures depend on success in higher education for all people. We must move beyond lip service, recognizing that while data disaggregation is an essential starting point, more must be done in our efforts to permanently close achievement gaps.

Metrics and Evidence

Facts matter. We do not fear the hard truths revealed through an honest assessment of the data. Everyone - from the boardroom to the classroom - must engage in data analysis and evaluation of results to help drive continuous improvement.

Policy

Smart policy accelerates and sustains systemic reforms. It should be used when it is evidence-based, pursued in an appropriate venue, developed transparently and crafted with implementation in mind.

Communications

Communication helps drive change. Effective mechanisms enhance connectedness amongst stakeholders, illustrate powerful implementation efforts and stories of success, and marshal public opinion toward the need for reform.

Implementation At Scale

Clear, concise, highly-structured, evidence-based and goal-orientated implementation plans achieve dramatic improvement in student success. We expect action at scale and with urgency, so all students are provided the opportunity to benefit from reform efforts.

The Alliance

We're all in this together. As a growing Alliance we learn from one another, support efforts for reform, and come together to accelerate the work around the country. We're impatient reforms, agents of change and system disruptors - equipped with evidence and driven by the reality that our country's future depends on our collective action.

Providing a Strong Start

01

15 to Finish

15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

OVERVIEW

The vast majority of college students aren’t taking the credits needed to graduate on time. 15 to Finish encourages students to take...

02

Math Pathways

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

OVERVIEW

Higher education’s approach to mathematics can either boost student success or serve as a major barrier to it. Math...

03

Corequisite Support

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

OVERVIEW

For most students, remediation is their first and last college experience. Corequisite Support allows students who need additional support in...

04

Momentum Year

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

OVERVIEW

The first year has major implications for student success. The Momentum Year ensures students start with the momentum needed to launch into their...

Maintaining Momentum

05

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

OVERVIEW

Far too often, students in American higher education wander aimlessly through the course catalogue. Academic Maps with Proactive Advising provide...

Redesigning Systems

06

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

OVERVIEW

The attainment goals set by state and national leaders cannot be met unless significantly more adults and other nontraditional students return to...

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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