New “Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase College Completion” Link on the ED Website

How can we share on a broader level the best practices being implemented across our campuses that are demonstrating positive results in advancing college completion?  At a symposium of researchers, policy analysts and postsecondary education practitioners on January 30, 2012,

Secretary Duncan announced the publication of the Federal Register  “Request for Information” (RFI) seeking submissions of promising and practical strategies to increase postsecondary success.  “All the good ideas are out there with you guys,” Duncan said.  The Department wants to assure that the successful strategies occurring on our campuses have the opportunity to inspire, inform and be replicated on other campuses.

Over 100 strategies were submitted in the first round of the RFI and are now available for viewing on the Department’s website (  Some examples of submissions include:

  • California Northridge University’s Super Senior Project is designed to decrease the large numbers of seniors who continue to amass baccalaureate units, but never seem to move toward earning a degree and graduation.
  • Southern Vermont College’s Pipelines into Partnership targets low-income, first-generation students for recruitment and retention through a changed admissions paradigm that entrusts the sending high schools who know the students better and are able to determine their potential for success with the admissions and acceptance process to SVC.
  • DeVry University’s Advantage Academy is a dual-enrollment, dual-credit program providing students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in selective, high-demand fields from an accredited university (at no cost to the students) while they finish high school.
  • Coconino Community College (CCC) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) CCC2NAU program sets a clear pipeline and trajectory for students who begin in a community college and intend to earn a baccalaureate degree by incorporating significant features that allow the student to be directly connected to both institutions from the very beginning, as well as to transition seamlessly.

We encourage you to browse the website and send us your comments in response to this blog.  We also encourage you to submit the promising and practical strategies to increase college completion that your institution, system or state is implementing or your organization has identified as successful.  The Federal Register second notice Request for Information announced that second round submissions are due by November 30, 2012.  To learn more visit: