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Building Blocks for College Completion: Student Success


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The Building Blocks for College Completion: Student Success infographic shares 7 lessons learned on blended and personalized learning from a study of 29 NGLC grant recipients. Five innovations to watch from universities across the country are also showcased.

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Building Blocks for College Completion: Student Success

  1. 1. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR COLLEGE COMPLETION: STUDENT SUCCESS THE CHALLENGE Student success and achievement in higher education are a top priority for colleges and universities, but not enough college students are graduating with degrees. BY THE NUMBERS October 2010 RFP Issued • March 2011 Awards Made New course models CALL TO ACTION NGLC’s Building Blocks for College Completion Program supported innovators across the country in exploring how to scale promising technologies to improve learning outcomes, raise student retention and persistence rates, and increase awareness of performance in real time. $16,152,744 Total Funding programs 7 Deeper learning Smart student services 600 Proposals Received 50 Finalists Selected 29 Grant Recipients 7 Open course materials 9Blended learning strategies 6 Learning analytics THE RESULTS Analytics-driven intervention Peer learning environments GRANT RECIPIENTS 7 LESSONS LEARNED Innovations that required specific instructional changes achieved greater impact. 1 Action: Implement whole-course models with entirely new instruction & curricula enabled by tech. 2 Active, mastery-based Projects overcame operational roadblocks with leadership support, pre-planning & data management. Action: Address technical & institutional operability as well as academic requirements. Innovations were adopted more broadly when projects worked within consortia & college systems. Blended Learning U Do the Math Hybrid Lab Courses E2Coach Toolkit Chattanooga State © 2014 EDUCAUSE. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. learning & early warning signals led to stronger student outcomes. Action: Replace lectures with engaging, data-based instruction where students advance when proficient. 3 Teams from the most successful projects provided active in-person support to instructors. Action: Engage faculty early & provide ongoing training & resources. 4 Students’ lack of tech readiness was a commonly cited challenge. Action: Involve students in the innovation’s design, convey its relevance & provide training. 5 Action: Share resources & best practices in project communities to accelerate adoption & efficiency. 6 7 Turnover can negatively affect long-term continuation. Action: Create a succession plan, design a self-perpetuating project & advance institutional goals. U-Pace 69,277 students 282 institutions 1,152 instructors INNOVATIONS TO WATCH University of Central Florida Community College University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee California State University, Northridge University of Michigan Department of Physics