Ten more schools are joining a project that encourages community colleges to design programs that support academics and boost learning outcomes, thanks to a grant from the MetLife Foundation.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recently announced the addition to its Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Projectwhich is a part of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.

The Roadmap Project encourages community colleges to design practical programs that offer effective academic support and improve learning outcomes. By modifying preexisting academic programs, or creating news ones, administrators can not only optimize student success rates in their coursework, but also help students develop skills that will benefit them long into their career paths.

In particular, the project aims to bridge the gap between on-campus student support groups and college-based support groups. By combining student and faculty resources, all stakeholders can potentially benefit, project supporters say.

(Next page: How Roadmap colleges are advancing their academic programs)