American College Application Campaign: Working with Higher Education Leaders to Promote Access and Completion

During the ACE2017 session on “American College Application Campaign: Working with Higher Education Leaders to Promote Access and Completion,” attendees heard from key leaders of Delaware’s college application campaign, Delaware College Application Month.

Hamline University Equipping First Generation Students With Services & Support

Asking for help can be daunting on a college campus—just ask any first-year student. But for those who are the first in their family to attend college and may lack the built-in familial support systems that other students might have, it may be hard to even identify who to ask. A new program at Hamline University is making it easier to know where to turn.

Princeton’s Freshman Scholars Institute Provides Support for First-Generation and Low-Income Students

A Princeton University (NJ), summer program aims to give a group of entering students the chance to immerse themselves in the institution’s intellectual culture, engage with fellow scholars in community-building activities and work closely with faculty members.

Ohio State Buckeyes Commit for Life, Four Years at a Time

A program at Ohio State University is giving new meaning to mentorship. Mentor-A-Buckeye is a unique mentorship initiative that pairs Ohio State undergraduates with ninth graders from underprivileged Columbus City Schools and a community leader who serves as a mentor to both students.

An Employee’s Path Through the New GEDWorks

GED Testing Service announced today that it is partnering with some of the nation’s largest employers—including Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers—to create GEDWorks,™ a comprehensive program free for employees who want to earn their GED credential.

Reimagining Remediation in Tennessee

With implementation of the Tennessee Promise, higher education is looking to Tennessee for lessons learned during its foray into the world of free community college. The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is no less a stranger to scrutiny for its innovative practices in developmental education. Tristan Denley discusses TBR’s pioneering approach to remediation.

Postsecondary Developmental Education in the States

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy hosted an event today on developmental education reform that featured the release of two case studies on curricular innovation in the states—one focused on Tennessee and the other on Connecticut.

New CSUSM Center Helps Latinos Overcome Academic Obstacles

At California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), nearly 40 percent of the student body identifies as Latino. Unfortunately, many first-generation Latino students face major hurdles to pursuing a post-secondary education. And when they do enroll, they often find the transition challenging—which is why CSUSM launched The Latin@ Center earlier this month.

Supporting First-Generation and Low-Income Students at the University of Florida

First launched in 2006, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program supports nearly 1,250 undergraduates annually and will soon surpass the 2,000 alumni milestone. For the first-generation and low-income students in the program, early estimates indicate that they are 44 percent more likely to graduate in four years and 47 percent more likely to complete in six years compared to their peers.

Maricopa Community Colleges Help Foster Youth Transition to Success

Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ) recently launched a new project aimed at creating a community of support and access for youth aging out of the foster care system. The “Bridging Success Initiative” will help foster children get into and complete college by focusing on retention, degree completion and transfer.

Institutions Using Required Reading to Forge Campus Connections

As colleges and universities gear up for the fall semester, many students are likely scrambling to finish one last task: summer reading. Many schools require incoming freshman, and sometimes the entire student body, to read one book in order to create academic and other connections across the campus community. Here’s what several of our member institutions are reading for this fall.

UC San Diego Expands College Opportunities for Native Youth

Despite increases in postsecondary enrollment over the past decade, Native American youth don’t always view college as an option. That’s why the University of California, San Diego is partnering with the Sycuan and Viejas tribes to promote college culture in the San Diego region.