Student Success Research

Explore our most popular resources on student success, advising, retention, and more.

A Student-Centered Approach to Advising

No role on campus is more critical to supporting retention and completion than that of the student advisor. But too often, advisors focus on curricular transactions rather than holistic coaching and intervention. This study profiles two institutions that reorganized advising models to enable consistency over time and more tailored intervention strategies for at-risk students. More

Bringing Guided Pathways to Life

This white paper offers EAB analysis of the Guided Pathways movement in the community college sector, identifies the most common questions about implementation, and offers over two dozen strategies for college leaders to bring the model to life at their institutions. More

Course Completion Playbook

Assessing course completion and reduce failure rates without sacrificing academic rigor. More

Defining the Faculty Role in Student Success

Faculty are key to any top-down student success initiative, but often they are not involved in implementation decisions. This study profiles 16 best practices to engage faculty as major allies in student success efforts. More

Developing Next-Generation Career Services

This study profiles higher education's most innovative career services initiatives as well as strategies to help institutions with limited budgets maximize the value of career advising. More

Disciplining Social Media Strategy

Learn breakthrough solutions to understand what's working (and not) in recruiting and retaining adult and online students through social media. More

Future Students, Future Revenues

This brief analyzes the forces that will shape higher education over the next decade and highlights the strategies and competencies that colleges and universities will need to be successful. More

Getting to the Next Phase in Student Success

Despite billions of dollars and countless hours spent on pilot programs, tech solutions, and targeted sub-population interventions, the six-year graduation rate at community colleges remains stuck below 30% nationally. This study focuses on three critical aspects of faculty engagement: making strategic goals meaningful for frontline faculty, increasing faculty participation in mitigating student risk, and elevating committee and task force performance.More

Guiding Student Choice to Promote Persistence

This study profiles innovative tools, technologies, and policies that institutions have used to improve student retention and completion rates. More

Hardwiring Student Success

Discover how innovative institutions elevate student success initiatives from a patchwork of support services to an actively managed enterprise process designed to systematically identify and intervene with at-risk students. More

How Late is Too Late?: Myths and Facts About the Consequences of Switching College Majors

This white paper uses data from 78,000 students at 10 public, private, regional, and flagship institutions across the nation to answer the question: Should we believe the conventional wisdom about the consequences of changing majors? More

Incentivizing Behavior Change with Aid Dollars

This study documents best practices on how enrollment managers across public and private institutions link financial aid to student success. More

Instructional Capacity Playbook

This playbook details 14 best-practice strategies for responding to changes in the enrollment landscape. More

Integrating Academic and Career Development

Explore 34 best practices to incorporate meaningful career exploration into the academic curriculum. More

Meeting Student Demand for High-Touch Advising

This study profiles information and strategies to improve the quality of advising without increasing burdens on faculty time. More

Meeting the Completion Challenge

Our inaugural completion research analysis of student success strategies at community colleges across the country, this focuses on designing student-centric support services, accelerating developmental education, and creating alternative credential paths. More

Next-Generation Advising

Learn inventive, cost-effective advising strategies to structure student course and major decisions, personalize advising support, and integrate career and academic advice to increase student degree completion and career readiness. More

Paving the Path to Transfer

This study explores how enrollment managers increase transfer enrollment by eliminating the barriers that standard outreach and admissions procedures pose to entry. More

Preventing Early Attrition

Discover strategies to prevent early attrition by supporting optimal financial decisions, guiding intentional academic decisions, and minimizing first-semester dropout. More

Promoting Timely Degree Completion

Explore 16 best practices to strike a better balance between academic exploration and timely degree completion to help more students graduate in four years. More

Recapturing Adult Learner Enrollments

This study examines how colleges can recruit adult learners by removing barriers to enrollment, aligning program options with career goals, and facilitating the hiring process for graduates. More

Reclaiming the Value of the Liberal Arts for the 21st Century

New college accountability measures seem to discriminate against the liberal arts, but liberal arts graduates actually develop a number of skills that prepare them for both entry-level jobs and long-term career success. Learn how progressive institutions are highlighting the value of a liberal arts curriculum in the 21st century. More

Re-engineering Developmental Math

Based on more than 200 research interviews with leading community colleges, this study explores what works and what doesn't in developmental math redesign so that you know where to invest. More

Scaling Learning Innovations

This study explores strategies for academic leaders to change the campus conversation on teaching and learning, from identifying innovative faculty and reducing the risk of experimentation in the classroom to sustaining those innovations that work. More

Strategic Allocation of Endowed Scholarships

This white paper describes how best-practitioner institutions have increased the share of endowed funds allocated every year and pulled allocations forward into the critical spring financial aid packaging period. More

Strengthening Hispanic Student Success

This report profiles high-impact practices to support a growing student population. More

Sustaining Momentum During Presidential Transitions

This playbook details 14 best-practice strategies for responding to changes in the enrollment landscape. More

The Murky Middle Project

Most student success initiatives target first-year students, but 52% of attrition occurs after the first year. Of these late-stage departures, over half are within the "Murky Middle." Take a closer look at five insights from our explorations of the Murky Middle student population. More

What Can Population Health Management Teach Us about Student Success?

Developed in the health care industry to meet increased stress from an aging population, population health management (PHM) principles may also point the way forward for student success. In this white paper, our experts examine how PHM can serve as a model for developing a high-ROI, campus-wide strategy to improve student success. More

Your Field Guide to the Student Mindset

What is the mindset of today’s college student? What separates a successful student from one who drops out? How does the psychology of a student change over time? These are the questions EAB’s user experience (UX) researchers set out to answer. More

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