Comprehensive Approaches to Student Success (CASS)
Please join us as we unveil a bold new $1 billion proposal to send formula grants to states to scale comprehensive student success initiatives, and ultimately double the number of first generation, low-income, Black, Indigenous and Latino students who graduate from college.
Increasing postsecondary attainment offers tremendous promise for increasing social mobility, tackling poverty, and reducing racial and income inequality. Over the past decade, colleges and non-profit organizations across the country have pioneered new and more comprehensive ways to help their students succeed in completing a degree or credential. Centered around a human dimension, such as a counselor, these programs connect students with the financial, academic and personal support they need to make it through college. Rigorous research has validated that these model programs are having a major impact, dramatically increasing college persistence and attainment and student earnings, and have the potential to address the completion crisis facing America’s colleges.
This policy proposal is the culmination of year-long project that TICAS undertook in partnership with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities and six leading comprehensive student success programs: CUNY ASAP, InsideTrack, MAAPS, One Million Degrees, Project QUEST, and Stay the Course™ to understand the lessons learned from the programs’ experience for policymakers and what it would take to scale this formula. TICAS is grateful for the many comments, advice and feedback received from partners, funders, and other stakeholders in the development of this proposal.
This event will feature:
A High-level Overview of the Research Base On CASS: Jim Sullivan, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO)
Program Perspective-what would the proposal mean for programs: Christine Brongniart, CUNY ASAP
A Student Perspective: Students from the comprehensive support program, One Million Degrees (OMD)
Key Elements of the Proposal: Catherine Brown, Senior Advisor, TICAS
We hope to be joined by partner organizations who will join us in a Q&A session, following a presentation of the proposal.