December 1, 2016 —  City University of New York (CUNY) launched an innovative program of wrap-around support services and incentives, called Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) in 2007. ASAP doubled the three-year graduation rate of students seeking an associates’ degree (from 22 percent to 40 percent), while also increasing the share of students who transferred to four-year colleges to seek a BA (from 17 percent to 25 percent). Despite increased annual costs per enrolled student (by about $5,400), ASAP  reduced the total cost of producing each additional graduate overall. Brookings explores the early evidence from Ohio suggesting that the ASAP approach can be replicated in a different setting, with a different population, even in a “system with decentralized governance and with a population of non-traditional students” For more on ASAP or other redesigned first year experiences, check out our report on community college and K-12 collaboration, Seizing the Moment.

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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

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