New project will re-design first-year college experience

Participating institutions to “re-imagine the first year” to create sustainable change in student success

college-successA new project from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), “Re-Imagining the First Year of College” (RFY), is aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education: low income, first generation, and students of color.

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USA Funds, AASCU created a coalition that will work together for three years to develop comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success.

“Historically, AASCU and its members have been committed to student success with a particular concern for those students who have shown great promise but who have encountered stumbling blocks along the way,” says AASCU President Muriel Howard.

The first year of college has emerged as the critical barrier to college success, the point at which colleges experience the greatest loss of students. The RFY project recognizes that no single intervention will solve student performance, and that solutions that fail to reflect the differing needs of a changing student body will not be successful.

(Next page: How participating institutions will benefit)

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