College leaders and practitioners know the completion agenda is here to stay. Perhaps the most promising movement explored in the past five years to achieve our completion goals centers on providing students “guided pathways” to success. This paper explores 10 of the most commonly asked questions about guided pathways collected by Rob Johnstone and his colleagues across the country over the past five years. The paper shares Rob’s thinking about why these important questions may actually lead us to focus on guided pathways more, not less.
Lumina Foundation’s Beyond Financial Aid
Beyond Financial Aid (BFA) is a toolkit designed to help two- and four-year institutions close attainment gaps for low-income students. BFA expands the concept of financial supports for college beyond grants, scholarships, and loans and describes six college-tested strategies for helping low-income students overcome the significant challenges created by limited resources. BFA features a self-assessment that college teams can use to analyze their service capacities and an interpretation guide to help map out their first steps toward strengthening these capacities.
Carnegie Statway/Quantway Fiscal Considerations
This report explores the fiscal considerations of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Statway and Quantway initiatives, including return-on-investment, cost per completer, and cost savings and wage gains to students. It makes the case that we have not only a moral and ethical reason to support such programs at scale but also a variety of fiscal incentives. It uses early results from real-world Statway/Quantway colleges as well as customized models created for six Statway/Quantway colleges.
Completion by Design Inquiry Guide Series
Developed while at The RP Group
Building a Culture of Inquiry: Using a Cycle of Exploring Research and Data to Improve Student Success
Explores the concept of a culture of inquiry and introduces a framework to strengthen a college’s ability to better use research and evidence to inform improvement efforts.
Understanding the Student Experience Through the Loss/Momentum Framework: Clearing the Path to Completion
Introduces an approach to examining students’ own experiences at community colleges, identifying factors that catalyze and impede student progress and using these insights to address opportunities to improve student outcomes.
The Nuances of Completion: Improving Student Outcomes by Unpacking the Numbers
Examines the hidden complexity of completion outcome data and offers an approach to teasing out the complex factors that affect student completion in order to boost student success.
Principles of Redesign: Promising Approaches to Transforming Student Outcomes
Presents eight core ideas to help colleges address fundamental challenges to student success.