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ED seeks promising practices for student success


​The U.S. Education Department is seeking examples of efforts that are proven to help students complete a postsecondary education and plans to compile them into an online toolkit.

“Our task now is to brainstorm more creative ideas and scale up those practices that are most successful in making sure that all students—regardless of income, race or background—are crossing the finish line,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said at the department’s college completion symposium on Monday.

“We know that answers for improving quality and completion will come from professors, deans and leaders in the field who have first-hand knowledge about what works to keep students in school and help them succeed,” said U.S. Education Under Secretary Education Martha Kanter, who also spoke at the event. “Our goal is to highlight strategies that have had the greatest impact on students’ success without saddling them with unnecessary costs or debt.”

The department has published a notice in the Federal Register calling for information about promising practices and activities that have improved rates of postsecondary progress, transfer and graduation. There is a special focus on strategies that emphasize the quality of what students learn and timely or accelerated attainment of degrees or certificates, including industry-recognized credentials that lead to jobs.