The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, president of LaGuardia Community College and ACE Board Member Gail O. Mellow offered her perspective on today’s college students. Namely, they aren’t who you think they are, and the higher education community could help remove barriers to their success by realizing that.

Competency Frameworks: Blueprints for Strong Learning Structures

A recent blog post from the Lumina Foundation discusses how frameworks act as blueprints to ensure all credentials are of high quality.

New Evidence on Integrated Career Pathways

The Urban Institute, in partnership with The George Washington University, recently released an impact analysis of the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative across four states. The program, created by Jobs for the Future, helps students and adults enroll in integrated career pathway programs at community and technical colleges.

ACE Member Institutions Providing Prisoners With Pathway to Higher Education

Two ACE members are among the higher education institutions making it easier for prisoners and the formerly incarcerated to earn undergraduate degrees, which in turn makes it easier for them to reintegrate into society.

ACE at 100: Lifting Nontraditional Learners to Postsecondary Success

Helping more Americans gain access to and graduate from college has been a large part of ACE’s mission ever since the Council was formed in 1918 to help soldiers returning from World War I gain a college degree. And it continues to play a central role today, as we prepare to celebrate our centennial.

Tara Turley: Student of the Year Award Represents Possibility for Adults Returning to Education

Tara Turley, a single mother and electrician who employed her skills to assist her flood-ravaged West Virginia community, received ACE’s 2016 Student of the Year March 13 at ACE2017. In her acceptance speech, Turley said the award “represents all the hardworking men and women that I stand next to every day in the field, it represents… Read more »

Goodwin College MOVE and WISE Students Find Success, Empowerment

A pair of programs at Goodwin College aim to support the academic and personal success of young men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. MOVE and WISE are committed to empowering students with a sense of belonging and ownership while encouraging them to engage in enrichment opportunities, develop a sense of shared learning and pursue opportunities for personal growth.

Georgia Gwinnett College Strengthening the STEM Pipeline, One Student at a Time

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is putting its ideas into practice through a bold initiative designed to both improve retention in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and prepare STEM students for life post-graduation. This commitment is born from a 2014 White House initiative that GGC signed onto, led by president Stanley “Stas” Preczewski,… Read more »

From Foster Care to College to Career, Western Michigan Provides Pipeline of Support

For students aging out of the foster care system and going to college, the unknowns often outnumber the knowns. Western Michigan University (WMU) has set out to answer these uncertainties by providing a network of support on campus, in Michigan and across the nation.

University of Memphis Program Helps Students Cross the Finish Line

Many colleges and universities across the country are looking for effective ways to boost completion rates and help the millions nontraditional students who have some college credit but no degree. The University of Memphis Finish Line Program is an example of one initiative that has seen success with its efforts to reach out to students who have “stopped out,” abandoning their dreams of a college education.

Tribal Colleges and Universities Lack Needed Federal Funds

“Tribal College and University Funding: Tribal Sovereignty at the Intersection of Federal, State, and Local Funding,” the second in a three-part series on Minority-Serving Institutions released by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, shows that federal funding has not kept up with the steady growth of the Native population at these schools.

Effective Strategies for Supporting Racial/Ethnic Diversity on Campus

As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Fisher V. University of Texas at Austin, here’s a snapshot from Race, Class, and College Access, an ACE report that examines how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities.