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Redesigning the Early College Experience to Maximize Student Success

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Minoritized and first-generation students are the most vulnerable populations at risk of stopping out or leaving early without a degree. “How do we onboard, support, and transition students into, through and then out of the first year, and design it in a manner so every student can succeed here?” asks Drew Koch, CEO of the Gardner Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on student success.

The Gardner Institute is just one of several organizations working with state and community colleges to study and redesign the early stages of students’ academic experience. Among them include the likes of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change and the Rand Corporation. Download the full case study to learn about the various educational interventions being tested, including:

  • Simplifying curricula requirements to improve student performance on major tracks
  • Nurturing a more caring campus to increase a feeling of belonging for students
  • Providing intensive advising during students’ first year


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