Learner Success Laboratory

Purpose

​​​​​​​​​ACE’s Learner Success Lab is an inclusive​ learning community that integrates evidence-based practices for persistence and completion, life design and career exploration, and workforce skills development to assist participating institutions in developing a comprehensive strategy for learner success.

Vision

Mounting pressures from new economic realities, changing student populations, and a broader educational paradigm shift from an instruction model to a learning model demand a postsecondary education system that can blend professional and liberal arts education in meaningful ways.

Institutional Transformation

The Learner Success Lab is a comprehensive change management process that facilitates continuous improvement through intentional transformation of institutional systems, processes, programs, and culture around learner success. This process is illustrated in the ACE Model for Comprehensive Learner Success.


Strong Foundation

  • Modeled on ACE’s successful Internationalization Laboratory program, which has assisted over 150 institutions in developing capacity, capability, and strategy for comprehensive internationalization
  • Supported by Strada Education Network with grant funds, as well as access to recent alumni and current student survey data
  • Guided by a panel of experts representing learners, various types of higher education institutions, and employers
Process
  • Lab engagement lasts 12–18 months.
  • Pilot cohort of 10 institutions launches October 2020.​ 
  • Institutions form a campus-wide learner success committee to conduct on-campus work. The committee will:
    • Facilitate a review of existing activities and capacities related to learner success.
    • Analyze findings of the review through the lens of institutional mission. 
    • Draft a plan to integrate and focus activities, and build capacity for learner success.
  • ACE staff and expert ACE Lab advisors guide committee leaders through on-campus work:
    • Initial site visits with each institution help prepare campuses for self-assessment and begin to outline key questions and issues.
    • A peer review visit, conducted toward the end of the process, allows for reflection and dialogue with senior administrators and other campus leaders.
    • ​Regular contact throughout the Lab process, including monthly calls with committee leadership.
  • Committee leaders attend 3 synchronous Lab ​meetings.



Timeline

The first cohort launches October 2020. 

  • Fall 2020: Cohort 1 - Meeting 1
  • Winter 2020: Site visits with participating institutions
  • Spring 2021: Cohort 1 - Meeting 2
  • Fall 2021: Cohort 1 - Meeting 3
  • Winter 2021: Peer reviewers visit participating institutions
  • Spring 2022: ACE final report submitted to institution leadership
Experts

Lab Advisors

Adam Bush
Provost, College Unbound
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Adam Bush
Provost, College Unbound
Mary Churchill
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University
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Mary Churchill - Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University  -
Mary Churchill
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University
Susan Lane
President Emerita, The New England Institute of Art
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Susan Lane - President Emerita, The New England Institute of Art -
Susan Lane
President Emerita, The New England Institute of Art
Kimberly Lee
Vice President of Special Projects, Southern Crescent Technical College
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Kimberly Lee - Vice President of Special Projects, Southern Crescent Technical College -
Kimberly Lee
Vice President of Special Projects, Southern Crescent Technical College
Elaine Maimon
President Emerita, Governors State University
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Elaine Maimon
President Emerita, Governors State University
Lyssa Palu-ay
Dean, Office of Justice, Equity and Transformation, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
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Lyssa Palu-ay
Dean, Office of Justice, Equity and Transformation, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Annette Parker
President, South Central College
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Annette Parker
President, South Central College

​Steering Committee

In December 2019, ACE convened the Learner Success Lab Steering Committee, a diverse group of higher education leaders, employers, and learners, to assist in:

  • Refining ACE's Model for Comprehensive Learner Success;
  • Establishing a selection process for pilot institutions; and
  • Developing program materials and messaging.

Gardner Carrick
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Manufacturers

John Fink
Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center

Dallas Kratzer
Regional Education Coordinator, University of Charleston

Kevin Kruger
President, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Dane Linn
Vice President, Business Roundtable

Spencer Niles
Dean of Education, College of William & Mary

Sophia Norcott
Student, Southern New Hampshire University

Lynn Pasquerella
President, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Anthony Pinder
AVP of Academic Affairs - Internationalization & Global Engagement, Emerson College

Jose Rodriguez
Assistant Director of Recruitment, College Unbound

Pete Rogan
Director of Product Development, SOPHIA Learning

Yves Salomon-Fernandez
President, Greenfield Community College

Jason Tyszko
Vice President - Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Carlos Vargas
President, Southeast Missouri State University

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Application Closed

The application for Cohort 1 is now closed.  Applicants will be contacted directly regarding the status of their application.


Transformation Labs

The Learner Success Laboratory is one of ACE's Transformation Labs. These labs guide colleges and universities through a structured strategic planning process to advance critical institutional priorities.

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