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Sound advice: Do not let acoustic problems linger, recognize that smart classrooms have different acoustic needs, ensure acoustics is considered from the start and be proactive.

GRADUATION GROWTH—Parents in Arkansas Community Colleges’ Career Pathways Initiative complete at twice the rate of other students.

Here are the funding, implementation and training strategies for at-risk student programs at Arkansas Community Colleges, Endicott College, Kennesaw State University and Western Michigan University. 

Colleges and universities are providing at-risk students—including those with children or those who are homeless or in foster care—with more than just higher ed access and employment, they are providing training that makes a long-term difference.

As driverless shuttles and ride-sharing become more widespread, consider these five strategies for integrating them with other campus transportation options.

At some colleges, students are playing an important role in developing high-tech transportation tools, including driverless shuttles. These four institutions provide hands-on experience in the transportation technology of the future.

Stanford University:

The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford has been including students in autonomous vehicle research since its 2008 launch. As part of a recent project, engineering students tested an algorithm to help driverless vehicles avoid obstacles.

Operating shuttles without drivers and adding ride-share traffic on campuses raises questions about pedestrians. Here are three safety protection actions to take:

1. Reach out for resources.

With no sidewalks on the road leading from the campus of Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland, into town, students must walk along the edge of the state-maintained road.

What are the biggest challenges colleges and universities face when it comes to moving students around campus and to destinations in the surrounding community?

When the strategy is that staff reach out to students rather than wait for students to come to them, some colleges experience higher retention rates, which, in turn, helps the bottom line.

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, a 12,000-member association based at Kansas State University, has many resources on intrusive advising and related topics.

How is higher ed performing with the “intrusive” approach to academic advising?

“Most schools that we have consulted with are still taking a reactive approach to working with struggling students and are waiting until academic performance or engagement suffers. The most successful schools are implementing a proactive approach and engaging pre-start to guide students through the process, and then engaging periodically throughout their attendance to identify challenges before they affect student performance.”

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