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3 grant myths that stifle student success efforts

on March 21, 2017  |  Permalink

Topics: Community College, Grant Writing, Research Administration, Research Enterprise, Student Retention and Success

These days, all of us are inundated with conflicting information that makes it difficult to discern fact from myth. While there is some evidence to suggest that a distortion of the truth is normal, even evolutionary, holding onto myths can be dangerous, especially when you're trying to make strategic decisions.

As a grant writer and analyst, I have seen strong grant applicants fail because they subscribed to “common wisdom” that was actually not all that wise. To prevent student success leaders from making the same mistakes, I went on a fact-finding mission to bust three common myths about higher education grant searching and application strategy:

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3 grant myths that stifle student success efforts

4 ways Disney World can inspire your Guided Pathways strategy

Melinda Salaman on March 17, 2017  |  Permalink

Topics: Community College, Student Retention and Success, First Year Experience, Student Engagement

A few weeks ago, my colleague Lindsey Klein and I represented EAB at the Achieving the Dream 2017 conference in San Francisco, sharing research and technology to bring Guided Pathways to life. To help the audience understand the frustrations new students face during attempted enrollment, I shared a personal story of my travels to the conference, which included a delayed flight, a harrowing taxi ride, and a 25-minute wait to check in at the hotel. It was a real-life example of why Chutes and Ladders onboarding doesn’t work.

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4 ways Disney World can inspire your Guided Pathways strategy

How three simple onboarding changes turned into $70K for DCC

on March 3, 2017  |  Permalink

Topics: Community College, Student Retention and Success, Admissions, Enrollment Management, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Orientation, Yield

A few weeks ago, I hosted a webconference on the community college grant funding outlook for 2017. One research update piqued interest among members: the proliferation of free community college programs—an ambitious endeavor to eliminate the financial burden that prevents many considering higher education. Today, over 150 free community college programs have sprung up across the country, and the list seems to grow by the week.

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How three simple onboarding changes turned into $70K for DCC