Strategies

CCA champions 4 pillars of success—Purpose, Momentum, Structure, Support—each with a set of corresponding strategies that must be at the center of all student-centered higher education systems.

How We Work

Over the last decade, higher education experts have developed dozens of strategies to help colleges and universities create more student-centered programs and campuses. CCA has been at the forefront of developing and promoting new strategies—formerly known as Game Changers—that have contributed to this work. As the number of strategies continues to grow, we’re focused on helping institutions identify, prioritize, and implement the strategies that will best help them reach their goals. In partnership with other college success organizations, we offer insight and guidance on numerous approaches—aligned to four core pillars of success—that are proven to transform the student experience.

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Needs Assesment

We work with states and institutions to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face.

Strategic Planning

Our process works to identify the right set of strategies that can make the biggest impact on college completion.

Implementation Support

By connecting colleges and universities with trusted technical assistance providers, we ensure they get the best support while implementing new approaches.

Continuous Improvement

We use data to evaluate progress towards our goals and identify persistent gaps for equity populations that should be addressed.

Needs Assesment

We work with states and institutions to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face.

Strategic Planning

Our process works to identify the right set of strategies that can make the biggest impact on college completion.

Implementation Support

By connecting colleges and universities with trusted technical assistance providers, we ensure they get the best support while implementing new approaches.

Continuous Improvement

We use data to evaluate progress towards our goals and identify persistent gaps for equity populations that should be addressed.

Purpose

Aligning the college experience to each student’s goals for the future.

First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience

Develop structures to connect students with resources that foster their academic and career goals.

Develop structures to connect students with resources that foster their academic and career goals.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration

Make information on careers readily available to all students, empowering them to make informed decisions about programs of study that meets their skills, aptitudes, and aspirations.

Make information on careers readily available to all students, empowering them to make informed decisions about programs of study that meets their skills, aptitudes, and aspirations.

Academic & Career Alignment

Academic & Career Alignment

Create a clear connection between learning taking place in the classroom and the competencies associated with careers.

Create a clear connection between learning taking place in the classroom and the competencies associated with careers.

Adult Learner Engagement

Adult Learner Engagement

Proactively communicate the value of a higher education degree to address the unique needs and goals of adults.

Proactively communicate the value of a higher education degree to address the unique needs and goals of adults.

Momentum

Designing multiple avenues for students to get started, earn credits faster, and stay on track to graduate.

Credit for Competency

Credit for Competency

Recognize the prior learning, skills, and knowledge that students possess and establish mechanisms to award appropriate credits.

Recognize the prior learning, skills, and knowledge that students possess and establish mechanisms to award appropriate credits.

Multiple Measures

Multiple Measures

Consider a variety of placement options that include high school grade point average to provide more ways for students to take a college-level class in their first semester.

Consider a variety of placement options that include high school grade point average to provide more ways for students to take a college-level class in their first semester.

Corequisite Support

Corequisite Support

Design structures and pedagogical approaches for students needing or requesting additional support to succeed in college-level foundational math and English courses that allow students to complete requirements in a single academic term.

Design structures and pedagogical approaches for students needing or requesting additional support to succeed in college-level foundational math and English courses that allow students to complete requirements in a single academic term.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment

Provide high school students opportunities to take college classes while they are still in high school so they can get an early start on college.

Provide high school students opportunities to take college classes while they are still in high school so they can get an early start on college.

15 to Finish/Stay on Track

15 to Finish/Stay on Track

Invest in coordinated communications efforts and structural solutions to match student credit loads with the credits needed for on-time graduation for both part-time and full-time students.

Invest in coordinated communications efforts and structural solutions to match student credit loads with the credits needed for on-time graduation for both part-time and full-time students.

Structure

Building course road maps that make the path to a degree or valued workplace credential clear.

Math Pathways

Math Pathways

Identify the appropriate gateway math course that is aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Identify the appropriate gateway math course that is aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Meta Majors

Meta Majors

Provide students with opportunities to explore related programs of study that allow them to make more informed and deliberate decisions about their majors, while making progress towards their degrees.

Provide students with opportunities to explore related programs of study that allow them to make more informed and deliberate decisions about their majors, while making progress towards their degrees.

Academic Maps & Milestones

Academic Maps & Milestones

Delineate the path to graduation and highlight significant milestones that contribute to student success in a clear and comprehensive format.

Delineate the path to graduation and highlight significant milestones that contribute to student success in a clear and comprehensive format.

Smart Schedules

Smart Schedules

Design schedules that contribute to degree progression and meet the needs of all students. 

Design schedules that contribute to degree progression and meet the needs of all students. 

Stackable Certificates & Credentials

Stackable Certificates & Credentials

Create competency-driven structures that encourage lifelong learning and attainment of degrees of value.

Create competency-driven structures that encourage lifelong learning and attainment of degrees of value.

Support

Addressing student needs and removing barriers to academic success.

Active Academic Support

Active Academic Support

Provide students with programs and services to help them develop the academic skills needed to be successful.

Provide students with programs and services to help them develop the academic skills needed to be successful.

Proactive Advising

Proactive Advising

Require advisors to take a preemptive approach that anticipates and helps eliminate concerns, roadblocks, and barriers affecting student success. Through strategic and consistent outreach, ensure advisors are a resource for students, working with them to create a holistic plan for a timely graduation.

Require advisors to take a preemptive approach that anticipates and helps eliminate concerns, roadblocks, and barriers affecting student success. Through strategic and consistent outreach, ensure advisors are a resource for students, working with them to create a holistic plan for a timely graduation.

360° Coaching

360° Coaching

Provide students with a designated coach to contact whenever issues arise in and outside of the classroom. Train coaches to work with students to find answers, identify appropriate resources, and advocate or intervene on their behalf.

Provide students with a designated coach to contact whenever issues arise in and outside of the classroom. Train coaches to work with students to find answers, identify appropriate resources, and advocate or intervene on their behalf.

Student Basic Needs Support

Student Basic Needs Support

Ensure that students have access to food, housing, childcare, physical and mental health services, financial assistance, and transportation.

Ensure that students have access to food, housing, childcare, physical and mental health services, financial assistance, and transportation.

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Concurrent Enrollment

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Math Pathways

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Meta Majors

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