Project Summaries



America’s private colleges and universities are committed to making the United States first again in college completion by 2020. To date, we have posted 541 program summaries from 274 institutions. These institutions represent 41 states and the District of Columbia. You can browse projects by state, institution, or a variety of topic areas, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Adults and Nontraditional Student Programs
  • All Racial/Ethnic Minorities
  • Community College Partnerships
  • Developmental Support Initiatives
  • Federal Programs
  • Gender targeted
  • Hispanic/Latino-specific programs
  • Honors Program
  • K-12/ College Preparation Programs
  • Learning Communities
  • Low-Income Student Programs
  • Physical/Social/Psychological Support
  • State Programs
  • STEM programs
  • Unique/Specialized/Mission-specific programs

Alma College

Alma College (MI) intends to increase the number of declared science majors by 33 percent over five years, providing at least an additional 350 STEM students.

Belhaven University

Belhaven University commits to redesigning the general core science curriculum for non-science majors to emphasize the scientific basis of our society and economy, in order to inspire 10 percent of these students to pursue STEM degrees. 

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College is committing to increase by 5 percent the number of undergraduates with poor mathematics preparation completing STEM degrees through implementation of a specialized mathematics preparation. 

Cornell University

Cornell University commits to achieve academic equity across all demographic groups, so that students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields achieve in and complete STEM degrees at similar rates to majority STEM students. 

Loyola University Chicago and Arrupe College

Loyola University Chicago and Arrupe College will collaborate to enable motivated students with limited financial resources and with academic credentials insufficient to secure admission and funding at four-year institutions to begin their college careers in a setting designed to maximize their opportunities for academic success.

Trinity Washington University

Trinity Washington University, in partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), commits to improving college readiness, retention and completion for DCPS students who enroll at Trinity. The partnership will emphasize persistence and success for DCPS graduates who wish to pursue majors that require strong math preparation and that are associated with high-wage/high-demand careers.

Adrian College Educational Success Project

Adrian College (MI)

The Adrian College Educational Success program provides first-generation students with faculty mentors who were themselves first-generation college students. The program also offers workshops on such topics as time management, managing impulsivity, and understanding financial aid. The first-to-second-year retention rate for the first group of ACES students was 85 percent, which is significantly higher than the 2008-2009 overall first-to-second-year retention rate of 74 percent. Support comes from the CIC/Walmart College Success Awards program.

GEMS -- Generating Excellence in Math and Science

Agnes Scott College (GA)

The GEMS Summer Scholars Program at Agnes Scott College encourages women to pursue math or science degrees. The competitive program is open to up to 14 incoming first-year women. GEMS includes a first-year seminar and creative problem-solving mathematics course in the summer before the freshman year. The summer program also incorporates leadership activities led by upper-class GEMS Resident Assistants on academic skills.

First Year Insight Program

Albertus Magnus College (CT)

Through the First Year Insight Program, first-year students at Albertus Magnus College take a seminar designed to promote academic success. All students also enroll in two writing-intensive humanities seminars that stress collaborative learning and develop the core knowledge and skills needed to excel academically.

Accelerated Degree Programs for Working Adults

Albright College (PA)

The Degree Start and Degree Completion programs at Albright College are accelerated degree programs for working adults and provide a convenient route to earning or completing a degree. Degree Start allows students to earn the general studies portion of their bachelor's degree in as little as two years, while working full time. After two years, students can transfer to Albright's Accelerated Degree Completion Program (DCP) or a traditional Albright daytime degree program.
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