Supporting Student Success

Whether the end goal is achieving a degree or certificate or moving on to further education, it takes commitment and persistence to reach the finish line.

As colleges grapple with retaining students and keeping them on track to completion, they need to know where to invest their time and resources for the greatest positive impact on their students.

Accelerating Completion

College readiness gaps present a significant barrier to degree completion.

According to Complete College America, 50% of first-year students at two-year colleges and 21% of first-year students at four-year colleges require remediation.*

And only 35% of first-time college students who receive remediation go on to receive a degree within six years.**

Our groundbreaking work with institutions propels students forward to degree completion by closing the college readiness gap at an accelerated pace.

Learn more about accelerating completion

*Complete College America, Remediation: Higher Education’sBridge to Nowhere; National Student Clearinghouse, Signature Report #6.
**Complete College America, Time is the Enemy. September 2011.

Course Redesign

Course redesign is the process of completely rethinking the way we deliver instruction, in order to achieve better learning outcomes, such as:

  • Improving student retention and pass rates
  • Reducing cost-per-student expenses
  • Maintaining positive student attitudes
  • Driving student completion

Pearson provides the experience, expertise, resources, and partnerships to redesign and improve courses:

  • As a member of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) Corporate Associates Program since 2004, we have partnered with institutions nationwide to improve learning outcomes.
  • Our discipline-specific workshops feature both NCAT staff and NCAT redesign scholars.
  • We develop and disseminate research highlighting the impact of successful redesign initiatives.

21st-Century Skills

Pearson is partnering with institutions to assess and develop the 21st-century skills and competencies learners need for long-term success in college and careers. These include the ability to:

  • Think critically
  • Communicate effectively
  • Engage appropriately with others
  • Be self-reliant

Our effective learning frameworks develop metacognitive skills, as well as personal and social capabilities for learners entering college, pursuing an advanced degree, or training for a particular career.

Learn more about career readiness and employability

Promising Practices

As part of an ongoing project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation, the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) has identified 13 promising practices in community colleges that have been demonstrated through research to contribute to student success.

At Pearson, we’re committed to measuring our performance in improving people’s lives through learning. We applaud the CCCSE for highlighting through their research how scalable, replicable practices can positively impact the outcomes of the learning process.

We’re partnering with educators and institutions across America to identify and scale high-impact practices that have been proven to contribute to student success like those identified by the CCCSE.

From improving assessment and placement to creating a supportive first-year experience to academic and career planning that propels students toward their goals, we’re working with institutions to tackle the complex problems of improving student success, persistence, and completion.To learn more, select a student success focus area:

Diversity Matters

Exposure to diverse backgrounds and perspectives improves student achievement, including critical thinking skills and academic self-confidence.

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Research