The data provided for this map comes from CASS Community of Practice programs.

Comprehensive Approaches to Student Success Programs Nationwide by State and Institution

Students working to complete college degrees confront steadily increasing costs and limited access to high-quality wraparound supports. Research shows that intensive academic and career advising — along with comprehensive supports such as child care, coaching, scholarships, and emergency aid — help students graduate.

Evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) has shown that Comprehensive Approaches to Student Success (CASS) programs are effective at improving student outcomes, ranging from college persistence and credit accumulation to longer-term impacts on completion, transfer, and earnings. Given the evidence of success, states and institutions should invest in what works: implement and scale CASS programs across the country to provide students with the resources and supports needed to complete college.

The CASS interactive map above shows where rigorously evaluated college completion programs are implemented (i.e., metro areas and states) and lists Members of Congress representing communities where CASS programs are located. The map also illustrates where CASS programs such as CUNY ASAP, InsideTrack, MAAPS, One Million Degrees, Project QUEST, Stay the Course, and Bottom Line are replicated at institutions and in communities nationwide.

Data from CASS programs represent the strongest body of evidence about what works to improve postsecondary education:

  • Bottom Line: Bottom Line students are 53 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years after high school.
  • CUNY ASAP: ASAP students’ graduation rate is two times higher than CUNY students who did not participate in ASAP. The program saw similar outcomes when replicated at three community colleges across Ohio.
  • InsideTrack: Students coached in the first year of entering the InsideTrack program were 15 percent more likely to persist in college after 18-24 months of receiving coaching.
  • Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS): Students at Georgia State University provided MAAPS advising services earned higher GPAs than students who were not a part of MAAPS.
  • One Million Degrees (OMD): OMD participants’ Associate’s degree attainment grew by 19 percent and is now being scaled at City Colleges of Chicago.
  • Project QUEST: Graduates of Project QUEST earned over $4,600 more annually in the eleventh year after exiting the program and more than $31,000 over the entire 11-year follow-up period.
  • Stay the Course: Stay the Course increased Associate’s degree completion among enrolled women by 5 percentage points, which is nearly three times the graduation rate of those who did not participate in the program.

This set of programs is not an exhaustive list of all practices that improve outcomes. But, the tool shows the spread of effective practices that support college completion – especially for Black, Latino, first-generation, and low-income students.

To enable more students to benefit from comprehensive models for success, policymakers should increase funding for Postsecondary Student Success Grant program, a federal competitive grant program that provides higher education institutions funds to implement evidence-based college completion programs for current students and students who stopped out – leaving college without completing a degree. Supporting the investment of CASS programs can increase educational attainment and upward economic mobility for more communities and historically marginalized students.

For more information about Comprehensive Approaches to Student Success, along with policy recommendations to expand and replicate evidenced-based models and close education equity gaps nationwide, see our full College Completion primer.