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Achieving the Dream: Promising Practices

In 2009-10, Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges pioneered several promising policies and practices to help more students succeed, including: college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign, cooperative learning, learning communities, and intensive and individualized advising. It is important to keep in mind that these interventions are a part of Achieving the Dream’s larger student-centered model of institutional improvement, and any attempt to replicate a promising practice should be done in the context of Achieving the Dream’s integrated framework.

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Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Student Success | Scoop.it

The vision is that students could sign up for self-paced online programs with no conventional instructors. They could work at their own speeds through engaging online content that offers built-in assessments, allowing them to determine when they are ready to move on. They could get help through networks of peers who are working on the same courses; online discussions could be monitored by subject experts. When they’re ready, students could complete a proctored assessment, perhaps at a local high school, or perhaps online. The university’s staff could then grade the assessment and assign credit.

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7 of 10 high school grads clueless on financial aid | HigherEdMorning.com

Seven out of 10 high school graduates don’t know where to start when it comes to financial aid, says a new survey by the nonprofit Public Agenda. They’re also less confident they’ll be financially secure than those with college degrees.

Only 36% of high school grads say it’s “very likely” they’ll be financially secure in their lifetime, compared to 55% of college grads.

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Orientation All Term Long - Community College Week - The independent voice servicing community, junior and technical colleges.

Both NOVA and Glendale are among the colleges contemplating making some parts of its voluntary FYE program mandatory for all students. But that would present a host of logistical problems and tax already dwindling resources, Gerkin said. Still, it would be a good idea, he said. The FYE program and its team-teaching approach has payoffs for both students and faculty.

“Faculty members have told me this a growing, learning experience,” he said. “The chance for a faculty member to work with someone in another discipline is very rewarding. They also get a chance to know their students on many different levels.”

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Happiness depends on who you know and your goals, study of college students suggests

Happiness depends on who you know and your goals, study of college students suggests | Student Success | Scoop.it
A new study involving extroverted college students and their less socially inclined peers found that less-outgoing happy people relied less on partying and drinking to be happy and more on connections with family and friends.
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