It is relatively easy to find new studies and anecdotes on the subject of student success, given the emphasis on the subject nationally.
However, the recently published Technology Supplement from Community College Week contains two articles by Texas community college educators. (Please have a look at pages 6-7, if the link does not take you there automatically.)
The articles deal with technological advances to measure and foster student learning and retention, and the pieces also contain personal comments regarding successful strategies at their respective schools. The programs seem practical and geared toward potential replication.
There is no magic formula to improve graduation and retention rates, but the more we share practices that appear to work, the better off our students will be.
The first author, Karl Clark, is a professor of history and political science at Coastal Bend College. He teaches government, U.S. history, and world civilization (and also happens to chair the TCCTA Legislative Committee).
The second contributor is Shawn Shreves, vice president of information technology at Odessa College. He has worked in higher education for 31 years serving in both faculty and administrative capacities.