Learner Success Laboratory

Purpose

​​​​​​​​ACE’s Learner Success Lab is a selective 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.

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 an expert steering committee representing learners, various types of higher education institutions, and employers
Process
  • Lab engagement lasts 12–18 months.
  • Pilot cohort of four to six 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 to each campus help institutions prepare 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 three meetings at ACE in Washington, DC.
Timeline

The first cohort launches October 2020. 

  • Fall 2020: Cohort 1 Meeting 1 in Washington, DC
  • Winter 2020: Site visits to participating institutions
  • Spring 2021: Cohort 1 Meeting 2 in Washington, DC
  • Fall 2021: Cohort 1 Meeting 3 in Washington, DC
  • Winter 2021: Peer reviewers visit participating institutions
  • Spring 2022: ACE final report submitted to institution leadership
Steering Committee
Gardner Carrick
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Manufacturers
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Gardner Carrick - Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Manufacturers -
Gardner Carrick
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Manufacturers
John Fink
Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
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John Fink - Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center -
John Fink
Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
Dallas Kratzer - Regional Education Coordinator, University of Charleston -
Dallas Kratzer
Regional Education Coordinator, University of Charleston
Kevin Kruger
President, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
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Kevin Kruger - President, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators -
Kevin Kruger
President, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Dane Linn
Vice President, Business Roundtable
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Dane Linn - Vice President, Business Roundtable -
Dane Linn
Vice President, Business Roundtable
Spencer Niles
Dean of Education, College of William & Mary
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Spencer Niles - Dean of Education, College of William & Mary -
Spencer Niles
Dean of Education, College of William & Mary
Sophia Norcott
Student, Southern New Hampshire University
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Sophia Norcott - Student, Southern New Hampshire University -
Sophia Norcott
Student, Southern New Hampshire University
Lynn Pasquerella
President, Association of American Colleges and Universities
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Lynn Pasquerella - President, Association of American Colleges and Universities -
Lynn Pasquerella
President, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Anthony Pinder
AVP of Academic Affairs - Internationalization & Global Engagement, Emerson College
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Anthony Pinder - AVP of Academic Affairs - Internationalization & Global Engagement, Emerson College -
Anthony Pinder
AVP of Academic Affairs - Internationalization & Global Engagement, Emerson College
Jose Rodriguez  - Assistant Director of Recruitment, College Unbound -
Jose Rodriguez
Assistant Director of Recruitment, College Unbound
Pete Rogan - Director of Product Development, SOPHIA Learning  -
Pete Rogan
Director of Product Development, SOPHIA Learning
Yves Salomon-Fernández
President, Greenfield Community College
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Yves Salomon-Fernández - President, Greenfield Community College -
Yves Salomon-Fernández
President, Greenfield Community College
Jason Tyszko
Vice President - Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
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Jason Tyszko - Vice President - Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation -
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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Carlos Vargas - President, Southeast Missouri State University -
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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