Too many students enroll in college and yet never complete their education. By identifying, evaluating, and implementing innovative strategies and services, we are working to improve student learning outcomes, graduation rates, and time to degree.

Case studies in educational transformation

Through a series of case studies, we explore how institutions with demonstrated success in improving student outcomes managed the implementation of effective and innovative practices. Our capstone report describes the strategies  institutions have employed to develop, scale, and sustain institutional changes that improve student success.

Community College Academic Support Ecosystems (CCASE)

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we have embarked on a three-year initiative to help community college library and academic leaders take action to translate research on student needs into services that support student success.

The Community College Libraries and Academic Support for Student Success Project (CCLASSS)

This multi-year project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, examines student goals, challenges, and needs from the student perspective. Through the CCLASSS initiative, we aim to provide community colleges and their libraries with strategic intelligence on how to adapt their services to most effectively meet student needs.

First-year programming at two-year institutions

With support from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Ithaka S+R and Two Year First Year (TYFY) launched a research collaboration to expand our knowledge of institutional practices to support first year students in two-year degree programs across the country.

Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS)

Can changes to the advising process help less advantaged students persist and graduate? This is the question at the heart of an $8.9 million First in the World validation grant awarded to Georgia State University, on behalf of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA). Ithaka S+R is serving as the independent evaluator on this grant and has issued a preliminary report.