The broad picture of higher education retention and completion isn’t pretty — and as the federal government pushes to use an expanded student data set, experts say the numbers will get even worse. This is bad news for the industry, as more and more states and federal regulators push to tie funding to outcomes. With shifting demographics, and declining populations, gone are the days when the industry at-large could afford to reject broad swafts of students who were less likely to succeed.
However, the picture isn’t all bad. Some institutions are actually finding a great amount of success serving particularly those students who are most disadvantaged. And still others are making headways with using mobile apps and an increased emphasis on leveraging data to make a difference with the total student body. Here, we round up the top strategies that are really making a difference across the country