We’re All in This Together: How one University Drew on Collective Impact Principles to Advance Student Success in Higher Education

Bruce Jones, Maureen Croft, Teri Longacre


Student attrition rates in higher education are an ongoing concern in the U.S, and are costly to students themselves, colleges and universities, and the economy in terms of dollars and human potential. Thus, the need to identify solutions to student attrition is pressing for both students who are enrolled in institutions of higher education today, and for multiple generations of students yet to enroll. This manuscript discusses collective impact as a model of intervention at an urban university and the quest to promote institutional efficacy around student retention and graduation strategies in partnership with internal (on-campus) and external (off-campus) constituents.


student attrition; student retention; student graduation; low socioeconomic status; Pell grant eligible

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