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ED Highlights Best Practices in Access and Success

April 4, 2016

A number of  U.S. higher education institutions are doing an exemplary job enrolling and graduating the neediest students, but "too many colleges and universities are missing the mark," the Department of Education concludes in a new report.

Still, Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students is an overall positive look at good practices in higher education, with spotlights on particularly successful institutions and profiles of programs other schools may want to implement. 

"Each institution is different and will customize the strategies, systems, and approaches that best fit its needs and student populations," Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Undersecretary Ted Mitchell write. "We hope that this report will seed more conversations about identifying effective strategies and about the opportunities to deepen this work." 

Among the promising programs:

  • Online and game-based tools the University of Southern California is creating to help students learn about college and financial aid.
  • A predictive analytics system at John Carroll University that will track at-risk students and trigger interventions.
  • The Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University-Newark that engages students outside the classroom.
  • Proactive academic advising intervention programs from 11 schools in the University Innovation Alliance, including Georgia State University, which will be geared to low-income and first-generation students.

ED plans to continue highlighting institutions in a new blog series, The Completion Chronicles, it notes in the report. If your college or university would like to be profiled, email a 400-600 word summary of your program—"including data to support the progress made to date"—to


Anne Gross
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs