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

Pathways for Learning and Transfer at California State University-Northridge and Pierce College

“Why do I have to take this course?” It’s a question that most faculty members have probably heard at some point—especially if they teach courses that satisfy general education requirements. The... Read More
A Roadmap for Student Success at Manchester Community College

A Roadmap for Student Success at Manchester Community College

Hiring new faculty members is hard enough in a time of fiscal austerity, but getting the funds to hire more student support personnel can be even harder. “Our support staff is way out of proportion... Read More
High school students learn about water quality and wetland ecology during the Buffalo Bayou Cleanup hosted by the University of Houston–Downtown.

Institutionalizing Service Learning at the University of Houston-Downtown

Faculty and students at the University of Houston–Downtown (UHD) have long been engaged with the surrounding Houston community—“it was one of the things that actually attracted me to this position,”... Read More
GPS holds several resource fairs througohut the year where student parents can learn about summer camps, day care, and other services—many of which are free or low cost.

Strategies for Student-Parent Success at the University of Alabama

Walking around the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, one could get the impression that the institution serves only “traditional” students—young, single, and childless. There are few... Read More
Students who have Iowa GROW conversations with their supervisors are more likely to report that they find connections between their work and their academics and that they are developing broadly applicable skills like written and oral communication.

Connecting Work and Learning at the University of Iowa

The Division of Student Affairs is the largest employer of undergraduate students at the University of Iowa. The division’s employment network—which includes dining services, residence halls, and a... Read More
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