(North Canton, OH – April 30, 2019) – Stark State College is one of the first colleges in the nation selected to participate in the new Scaling Up Community College Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) initiative. SUCCESS seeks to improve graduation rates for traditionally under-served students at community colleges by helping align resources with evidence-driven practices.
The project is spearheaded by MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect the poor.
SUCCESS, which also has the support of Arnold Ventures, a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the U.S., combines components from multiple programs that have proven themselves to be effective at helping students succeed in college. It seeks to create financially sustainable programs that will dramatically improve graduation rates.
SUCCESS programs will be built around elements derived from more than 15 years of postsecondary research, including frequent proactive advising, financial incentives tied to service usage, strategies focused on increasing academic momentum (like requiring full-time enrollment or encouraging summer/winter enrollment) and the use of real-time data to support student progress.
MDRC will provide in-depth technical assistance to up to nine colleges from four states to develop new, financially sustainable student support programs that will be implemented beginning this fall, including
- Ohio: Stark State College
- California: Bakersfield College and Chaffey College
- Indiana: Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, and Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Areas
- New Jersey: Essex County College and Passaic County Community College
For more information: www.mdrc.org.