Nearly seven years after five brave universities joined EAB to launch the Student Success Collaborative, many of the 550 colleges and universities we work with are seeing material shifts in metrics like persistence, graduation rates, and the reduction and elimination of equity gaps.
Improving student success is no overnight endeavor. It requires vision, fortitude, and an eye for long term change. Which is why we are honored to support our members as they make incremental changes to policies, processes, and technology. These are small changes that, taken together, often lead to an improvement in the big metrics.
But these shifting metrics are only part of the story—the people behind the metrics tell the full story.
Behind every percentage point increase in retention, there are young women and men whose lives have been altered forever by the decision to stay the course to graduation. Behind every faculty member who willingly engages with technology and submits an early alert is a student who has a better chance of succeeding because his university has been made aware of some critical signal of risk. Behind every proactive advising campaign are dozens of students who will make better decisions at the most pivotal moments because they know that their university is there to support them through obstacles and challenges.
This is why we are launching a celebratory campaign—100 stories in 100 days— to honor the accomplishments our members have achieved. As commencements around the country finish honoring the achievements of the latest batch of graduates, we will kick off this campaign. Then—for 100 days straight—we will spotlight unique examples of improvement and impact achieved. Later this summer, when the anticipation of the new school year reverberates across each campus, we will close the campaign with a special announcement.
Over time we have learned that it's important to expect success in student success. Our collective passion and expectation for positive change is making a difference. There is more work to be done, for sure. We won’t stop innovating and improving until every student can succeed—until equitable outcomes are the norm, not the exception.
But until then, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook this summer for #100SuccessStories—and help us honor the achievements of the members of the Student Success Collaborative.