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Closing the Last Mile of Career Opportunity in Rural America

Getting Smart

Like many parents, I felt my fair share of anxiety as my daughter inched closer to finishing high school. What career path would she choose? Would she stay close to home or move elsewhere? Was college in her future or would she choose a career/technical path? How would she make that delicate transition?

There was an added wrinkle—and a sense of double duty—since I currently serve as the superintendent of the school district that my daughter attended. But as the leader of a rural district in a small farming community, the questions my family grappled with were similar to those our neighbors and families throughout the district and across the state may face.

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Leading Higher Education Association Partners with InsideTrack to Improve First-Year Student Outcomes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (DEC. 15, 2016) — Through its partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AACSU)’s Reimagining the First Year of College (RFY) project, InsideTrack, the nation’s leading provider of student success coaching, is excited to offer customized enrollment, retention and  capacity building solutions focused on improving student success to the 44 participating AACSU member institutions.

Given that 20 to 40 percent of students at public institutions do not return for their second year, improving first-year persistence is crucial for improving college completion and helping all students maximize their potential. To help solve this major challenge, AACSU launched one of the largest projects in the association’s 50-year history last spring, aimed at helping its member institutions adopt innovative and proven approaches to transform the first-year experience and improve student outcomes.

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