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AASCU, Corporate Partners Join to Re-Imagine the First Year of College

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(Washington, D.C.)-Fourteen corporate sponsors have signed-on to support the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) ‘Re-Imagining the First Year of College’ project, a three-year initiative to develop comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success. Joining alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA Funds, and 44 AASCU member institutions, the corporate partners will provide both programmatic and financial support for the project.

‘In an era when our institutions face complex challenges serving their students, they increasingly rely on the resources and expertise provided by corporate partners. We are thrilled that many of the nation’s leading higher education companies will be sharing their subject matter expertise and resources with our campuses,’ said George Mehaffy, AASCU’s vice president for academic leadership and change.

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.

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InsideTrack Joins Partnership with AASCU to Re-Design the First-Year Experience in Higher Education

InsideTrack announced today its participation in the Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project launched by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Recognizing that the first year of college often emerges as a critical barrier to college success, the three-year initiative is designed to help state colleges and universities across the U.S. expand their use of proven approaches for improving outcomes among first-year students.

Joining alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA Funds, 44 AASCU member institutions and private sector partners, InsideTrack will lend its unique subject matter expertise in student non-cognitive skill development and supporting institutions in developing their student support capabilities to the project. The RFY project will work to address the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse student population through faculty and staff development, program re-design and innovative student support services that participating campuses can adopt to improve student success.

The leading provider of student success coaching for retention, enrollment and career readiness, InsideTrack has coached over a million students using a methodology proven effective through randomized control trials and recognized by the U.S. Department of Educations’ What Works Clearinghouse. The organization specializes in developing scalable coaching programs that help students, including first-years, develop a success roadmap and build skills correlated with persistence, such as time management, critical thinking and self-advocacy.

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