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Five Ways to Create Success for Veterans in Higher Education

Five Ways to Create Success for Veterans in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In the first installment of this two-part series, Nathan Sable argued that the biggest challenge veteran students face is regaining their sense of service and community. From there, he outlined the first two of his five strategies for how higher education institutions can help support this effort; through hiring a knowledgeable veteran coordinator and creating a sense of service. In this article, he explains his remaining three strategies for creating success for veteran students in higher education."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Worth a look if you are planning or advising someone planning improvements in veterans' programs.


Also, a very nice publication to monitor as lifelong learning picks up in importance.

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Professional Academic Advisors—Administrative Bloat or Essential for Completion/Retention?

Professional Academic Advisors—Administrative Bloat or Essential for Completion/Retention? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Who Advises Best, Pros or Profs” is SCUP–49 plenary speaker Jeff Selingo’s take in The New York Times on the role of academic advisors in completion and reten…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

When it comes to helping students be engaged, to give them advice about what they need to do outside the classroom, faculty are not always the best.”

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I'm First: Reach out to and support first-gen college students—

I'm First: Reach out to and support first-gen college students— | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

without reinventing the wheel. Keene State U, which has 40 percent first-gen students, is doing so.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A growing trend? Outsourcing (or crowd sourcing)  niche student affairs programs that are too expensive for a single institution to develop on its own.

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Where Dreams Go to Die—Math Class?

Where Dreams Go to Die—Math Class? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Six core principles guide Carnegie's work. They are:

  1. Make the work problem-specific and user-centered. It starts with a single question: “What specifically is the problem we are trying to solve?” It engages key practitioners early and often as co-developers.

  2. Variation in performance is the core problem to address. The critical issue is not simply what works but rather what works for whom and under what set of conditions. Local context considerations lead to variability in implementation in ways that reduce effectiveness. Aim to advance efficacy reliably and at scale, adapt to local contexts, but test those adaptations to warrant them as improvements.

  3. Observe the system that produces the current outcomes. It is hard to improve what you do not fully understand. See how local conditions shape work processes. Make your hypotheses for change public and clear.

  4. We cannot improve at scale what we cannot measure. Embed measures of key outcomes and processes to track whether changes are improvements. We intervene in complex organizations. Anticipate unintended consequences and measure them too.

  5. Anchor practice improvement in disciplined inquiry. Engage rapid cycles of plan, do, study, act (PDSA) to learn fast, fail fast, and improve quickly. That failures occur is not the problem; that we fail to learn from them is.

  6. Accelerate improvements through networked communities. Embrace the wisdom of crowds.

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Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies

Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The bottom line…

Remember these best practices for engaging faculty members in recruitment and retention:

  • Help faculty members understand why their help is valuable.
  • Encourage faculty members to participate in recruitment events.
  • Plan outreach efforts such as summer camps that include professors.
  • Create systems for tracking student success and reach out to students who are having trouble.
  • Be available and encourage conversations with students so that you know what they like and don’t like."
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Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of Reinvention Strategies

Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of Reinvention Strategies | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Access this new Planning for Higher Education article by SCUPers Linda Baer and Ann Duin Hill: Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Watch a live Planning for Higher Education video interview with our authors at 1 pm Eastern today.

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Trend— Give more undergrads the attention 'lavished on students at elite institutions'

Six years ago, CUNY decided to confront the high dropout rate at its community colleges with the ASAP initiative. The results are stunning: 56 percent of the first two cohorts of more than 1,500 students have graduated, compared with just 23 percent of a comparable group that didn’t have the same experience. What’s more, most of those graduates are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Over the past month, CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) has garnered hosannas in the media for its package of comprehensive financial resources, student support systems and impressive graduation rates. The social policy leader MDRC is conducting a multiyear random-assignment study of ASAP and, in a just-released report, describes it as “unparalleled in large-scale experimental evaluations of programs in higher education to date.”


Tags: Students, Retention, Student Services, North Atlantic, NY, Community Colleges

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Julianne Caust's comment, August 25, 2014 8:15 PM
I have just had a glance at this article, I haven't actually read it in full yet, has anyone else?