Persistence and Completion About Section 1 ContentThe value of a college education has never been higher. Not only is a college certificate or degree the surest way to greater employment outcomes, but college-educated individuals are more likely to live healthier lives, be civically engaged, and have greater overall life satisfaction than non-college-educated individuals. ACE is committed to promoting policies and practices that improve college completion rates. ACE’s research and insights on persistence and completion include a wide range of work identifying barriers to student success and offering informed recommendations on how higher education leaders can eliminate equity gaps and increase the number of students earning high-quality postsecondary credentials. Section 1 Content Left Section 1 Content Right Reports and Publications Section 2 Content Section 2 Content Left Section 2 Content Right Publication June 11, 2019 In this brief, the fourth and final in a series, the author explores the impact earning an associate degree has on five key outcomes in early adulthood: employment status, wages, homeownership, voting rates, and volunteerism. Download Publication June 11, 2019 A Look at Five Key Outcomes in Early Adulthood for Associate Degree Earners Publication This brief uses national data from the U.S. Department of Education to examine the impact of earning an associate degree prior to transfer on the probability of earning a bachelor’s degree. Download Publication The Impact of Earning an Associate Degree Prior to Transfer on Bachelor's Degree Completion: A Look at Recent High School Graduates Publication This report, second in a series of four, draws from data from ELS 2002 to explore outcomes for recent high school graduates who began their postsecondary education in a community college. Download Publication Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students Publication In this research brief, the first of four, the authors explore student- and institutional-level factors that influence the likelihood of upward transfer for students who enroll in community college directly after high school. Download Publication Improving the Odds: An Empirical Look at the Factors That Influence Upward Transfer Publication The analysis in this report uses NSC data to examine how students who started college at an MSI in 2007 moved through higher education. The authors determined that completion rates for MSIs are higher than the federal graduation rate suggests. Download Publication Pulling Back the Curtain: Enrollment and Outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions Publication This brief provides a “Blueprint for Action” with key principles for action steps that educators and leaders can take to support Black and Latino boys and young men in secondary and postsecondary institutions. Download Publication The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color: Cross-Sector Collaboration as a Model for Improving Educational Outcomes Blog Posts Section 3 Content Section 3 Content Left Section 3 Content Right Resources Designed for International Students Could Also Help First-Generation Students Immigration and International Students, Student Outcomes | 05/08/2019 Building Family-Friendly Campuses: Strategies to Promote College Success Among Student Parents Policy and Research, Educational Opportunity, Innovation, Post-Traditional Learners | 06/12/2017 Foster Care Youth and Postsecondary Education: The Long Road Ahead Post-Traditional Learners, Policy and Research | 12/11/2017 ACE2018: Student Success, Attainment, and Equity—International Lessons Post-Traditional Learners, Annual Meeting, Diversity and Inclusion, Internationalization, Student Outcomes A Global Conversation on Student Success Annual Meeting, Internationalization, Innovation, Educational Opportunity | 03/14/2017 ACE Engage Resources Section 4 ContentACE Engage®, ACE's peer-to-peer online learning platform, offers higher education leaders the ability to solve their day-to-day challenges by connecting with other campus leaders, and includes on-demand access to a curated content library, microcourses, exclusive events, and more. Don't have an ACE Engage account? Learn more about joining or create your account! Section 4 Content Left Section 4 Content Right Audio ACE’s Philip Rogers and Sherri Hughes talk with Leo Lambert and Peter Felten of Elon University about facilitating "Relationship-Rich Education." Only on ACE Engage. Create your account! Read More Audio How Human Connections Drive College Success Audio Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Peter H. Henderson, senior advisor to the president, discuss UMBC’s unique approach to student success in STEM and beyond. Only an ACE Engage. Create an account! Read More Audio Innovations in Student Success Microcourse This microcourse covers the issue of food insecurity on college campuses, how food insecurity can impact undergraduate student success, and interventions that can be taken to address it. Not an ACE Engage user? Create a complimentary account! Read More Microcourse Food Insecurity on College Campuses Video Institutional leaders share how College Unbound, a non-traditional institution designed to support low-income, working adults, excels at meeting the needs of students chronically underserved in higher education. Only on ACE Engage. Create an account! Read More Video Serving Adult Students: The Innovative College Unbound Model Publication This short case study highlights the academic, business, and governance models of College Unbound, a non-traditional institution designed to support chronically underserved adult students. Only on ACE Engage. Create an account! Read More Publication Academic, Business, and Governance Models: College Unbound Video College Unbound is a non-traditional institution designed to support low-income, working adult students. This short video introduces College Unbound's unique, student-driven academic model. Only on ACE Engage. Create an account! Read More Video Innovative Academic Models: College Unbound Video College Unbound is a non-traditional institution designed to support low-income, working adult students. This short video introduces College Unbound's unique business model. Only on ACE Engage. Create an account! Read More Video Innovative Business Models: College Unbound Video Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng talks with ACE about gateway course redesign and building a culture of student success. Only an ACE Engage. Create an account! Read More Video Reimagining Gateway Courses Toolkit Community college leaders interested in recruiting international students often have questions about education agents. This FAQ provides answers to common questions about agents and what they do. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account! Read More Toolkit Frequently Asked Questions About Education Agents Toolkit This action plan template will help faculty identify barriers to student success, design solutions, detail the costs of those interventions, and explain how progress will be assessed. Only on ACE Engage. Create an account! Read More Toolkit Creating Action Plans for Faculty-Led Student Success Efforts Toolkit This checklist focuses on five areas of intersection between instruction and student outcomes—transparency, pedagogical approaches, assessment, self-regulation and alignment. Only on Engage. Create your account! Read More Toolkit Checklist for Engaged Classroom Practices Connect With Us Section 5 Content Section 5 Content Left Section 5 Content Right Lindsey Myers Director Professional Learning Lindsey P. Myers is the director of the Learner Success Lab at the American Council on Education (ACE). In this role, she leads efforts to develop a program that will guide institutions through a strategic planning process to maximize student persis... Read More Lindsey Myers Director Professional Learning Jonathan Turk Director Research Jonathan M. Turk is the director of research at the American Council on Education (ACE). In this role, he is a primary contributor to and manager of ACE’s research portfolio and team within the Learning and Engagement Division. He conducts original res... Read More Jonathan Turk Director Research Section 6 Content Section 6 Content Left Section 6 Content Right Button Content Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Page Content Related Summit February 12, 202110:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET The ACE-AIEA Internationalization Collaborative 2021 features "Toward Greater Inclusion and Success: A New Compact for International Students," a new ACE report grounded in sustainability, equity, and humanism, as well as plenary and break-out sessions. Read More Summit February 12, 202110:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative 2021 Online Event December 9, 20203:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET Hear how faculty can overcome online instruction challenges to achieve better equity and student success by implementing proven approaches to professional development. Join us on December 9 at 4:00 p.m. (ET). Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Online Event December 9, 20203:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET A Conversation on Student Success: The Science Behind the Art of Teaching Video October 29, 2020 Join us for a panel discussion on student mental health with higher education leaders who are centering equity in their task force work. In collaboration with The Steve Fund. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video October 29, 2020 Mental Health Task Forces: How to Center Equity and Support Student Flourishing Video October 19, 2020 Join us for a discussion of ACE's new Agile Administrators microcredential project, which is producing 10 microcourses to help college and university leaders adapt and innovate in rapidly changing environments. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video October 19, 2020 Agile Administrators Q&A Online Event October 8, 2020 Join Rick Staisloff and guests for a virtual happy hour where we'll be discussing the best ideas for driving higher ed towards sustainability during COVID-19. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Online Event October 8, 2020 Strategic Finance Learning Studio Happy Hour #8 Video October 6, 202012:30 PM to 1:00 PM ET In this Q&A session, Pete Fritz and Brian Haugabrook of Deloitte will address COVID-19’s impact from recruitment through graduation and the increasingly hybrid university environment. Sponsored by Deloitte. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account Read More Video October 6, 202012:30 PM to 1:00 PM ET Managing the Student Lifecycle after COVID-19—Q&A Session Toolkit Learn how institutions should begin to plan for a sustainable, thriving, and inherently more hybridized future. Sponsored by Deloitte. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Toolkit Higher Education after COVID-19 Video Join leaders from Deloitte for a prerecorded discussion on how institutions should plan for a sustainable, thriving, and inherently more hybridized future, followed by live Q&A sessions. Sponsored by Deloitte. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video Higher Education After COVID-19: Thriving in a Hybrid Future Video September 1, 2020 Susan Barbitta of NC Student Success Center and Lisa Chapman of Central Carolina Community College discuss online teaching and student equity as part of ACE and ACUE’s Conversations on Student Success. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video September 1, 2020 A Conversation on Student Success: Equity and Success for Online Community College Students Video July 31, 2020 Marielena DeSanctis of Broward College discusses how its students were more likely to pass courses taught by faculty who took professional development in research-based effective teaching practices. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video July 31, 2020 Conversations on Student Success: Supporting Students Through Faculty Professional Development Video July 23, 2020 Jointly presented by ACE and AASCU, Jose Antonio Vargas will discuss the Supreme Court decision against ending the DACA program with AASCU President Mildred García. Generously supported by Fidelity Investments. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. 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Read More Video May 18, 2020 The Effects of COVID-19 on Academic Research Video May 14, 2020 New college graduates will be entering a transformed labor market due to COVID-19. Learn what higher education leaders can do to prepare students for the new landscape. Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video May 14, 2020 Helping Students Prepare for and Navigate the Transformed Job Market after COVID-19 Video May 11, 2020 This webinar addresses the purposes of assessment, innovative strategies for learners to demonstrate their knowledge, and special considerations related to assessment rigor and security in the COVID-19 era. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video May 11, 2020 Making Assessment Meaningful, Rigorous, and Secure During and Beyond COVID-19 News April 23, 2020 A national survey administered to more than 2,000 currently enrolled college students finds that nearly one in five are uncertain about their plans for re-enrolling in the fall, or definitely are not going at all. Read More News April 23, 2020 AACRAO, ACE Survey Finds Uncertainty About Current College Student Fall Enrollment Plans, Optimism About Completing Spring Coursework News April 13, 2020 ACE Transformation Laboratory staff are sharing the strategies that apply to COVID-19 and other disruptions through a variety of media, including a series of rapid response webinars on ACE Engage.. Read More News April 13, 2020 ACE Transformation Labs Emphasize Agility, Resilience, and Equity During COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond Community In this Engage group, several experts in the field of mental health share valuable resources and answer your questions about mental health issues on campus. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account! Read More Community Mental Health on Campus Group Community This group is designed for leaders who define and lead strategic student outreach, enrollment, retention, and completion. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account! Read More Community Enrollment Management Video Terry Hartle speaks with Jamie Studley from WASC and Heather Perfetti, incoming president of MSCHE, about how COVID-19 might impact accreditation. Presented on Engage—Create your account. Read More Video How Will COVID-19 Impact Accreditation?