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Welcome to the Student-Success Resource Center

Helping low-income, rural, and community college students thrive is critically important to the future of higher ed and the nation. To assist colleges with this mission, The Chronicle, with support from the Ascendium Education Group, has created this resource center to share insights about improving student outcomes, social mobility, and the reskilling of workers.

The goal of our 2024 program is to deepen our focus on these important student populations, doing more to both touch hearts with compelling stories and inform minds with analysis and ideas.




  • Case Study: Diving Into Data to Improve Teaching

    Universities have long been collecting student data, but to what end? UNC Chapel Hill and Morgan State are putting relevant and actionable data into the hands of instructors and professors through custom dashboards. Learn how these institutions have been using this information to improve teaching and foster student success.
  • Case Study: College-School Partnerships

    Underserved students are finding a new path to college via college-and-high-school partnerships. Institutions like Purdue University are building their own pipeline to expand opportunities for high school students. Learn what it takes to build a mutually beneficial partnership and what it teaches us about student success.
  • Case Study: Converting the Classroom Into a Job

    Organizations like Apprenti and Merit America are partnering with community colleges to provide alternate pathways to lucrative careers for underrepresented groups. Not only are these organizations providing opportunities for skill development, but also connections to employers. Download to learn how these partnerships are breaking through bureaucracies to disrupt the poverty cycle. Created by Chronicle Brand Studio.
  • Trends Snapshot: How Colleges Help Students With Basic Needs

    For some students, the struggle to afford food and housing is a major barrier to their academic success. As a result, many colleges are investing in programs to help connect these students to the resources they need. Learn about the two types of aid models: one stop and case management, and how these efforts are building a culture of care on campus.
  • Virtual Forum: College and High-School Partnerships

    Higher education has long established partnerships with elementary and secondary schools to bolster college access. Hear our recent conversation with Paula Pando of Reynolds Community College as we discuss what it means to focus not only on enrollment, but how students adapt to college life and their transition to a career.
  • Case Study: Maintaining a Focus on Student Success

    The momentum of student success programs often suffers with the departure of key leaders who champion these programs. How can higher-ed institutions ensure consistent support for these crucial programs even amid turnover? Learn how institutions are tightening ties between success and succession, creating a deep bench of leaders.Created by Chronicle Brand Studio.
  • Virtual Forum: How Creative Partnerships Can Increase Colleges’ Impact

    Helping non-traditional students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds build a community on campus is key to retention and success. Hear how six different institutions are leveraging strategic partnerships to ensure all students feel at home on campus.
  • Explainer: Why Don’t More Community College Students Transfer?

    Although 80% of community college students intend to transfer to a four-year university, only about 31% wind up doing do. Learn why transfer rates are so low, hear from students who’ve made the move, and learn what strategies some community colleges are implementing to clear the path to transferring.
  • Virtual Forum: Designing Career Services for the Future

    Almost 75% of students are struggling to find work after graduating. How can career services ensure students have the skills and connections needed to succeed? Hear how our panel of career experts is bridging the gap. Watch on demand.