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Comprehensive Student Success Program

The Comprehensive Student Success Program (CSSP) is a part of the THECB College Access Challenge Grant, funded by the United States Department of Education. The purpose of the CSSP is to improve student success in postsecondary institutions.

Pilot projects began in April 2011, targeting data-driven student support interventions and enhanced faculty training to increase student completion and success rates in entry-level, gatekeeper courses. Institutions identified courses with high non-completion rates for intervention. Grantees integrate research-based practices into these courses and institutional policies and practices to increase student persistence and success through targeted interventions. Upon award, grantees are eligible for up to five years of funding, depending on sites meeting project expectations and availability of funds.

2011-2013 Grantees  (Request for Applications)

  • Austin Community College is expanding a supplemental instruction model and adding counseling services that are more responsive to the institution's early alert system.
  • Central Texas College focused on efforts to train faculty advisors and provide centralized tutoring services for students in the targeted courses (Completed 2012).
  • Houston Community College is integrating student administration, learning management, advising and early alert systems to streamline and improve the effectiveness of student support services.
  • North Central Texas College's primary innovation is the integration of discipline-specific college skills curricula into targeted courses with additional contact hours.
  • University of Houston-Downtown supports "Faculty Communities of Practice" to guide professional development, curricular improvements and linked learning strategies seminars for students at risk of non-completion.

2012-2013 Grantees  (Request for Applications)

  • Texas Woman's University is developing individual success plans to guide students to supplemental instruction, tutoring, academic advising, and mentoring services through a collaborative early alert system.
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce is implementing use of a competency-based exam and problem-based learning, technology and supplemental instruction for first-year math courses
  • University of Houston is piloting recitation sessions for freshman biology courses for both majors and non-majors with expanded advising, enhanced curricular engagement, and faculty-led student engagement opportunities.
  • University of Texas-Pan American is targeting Algebra and Chemistry gatekeeper courses with individualized academic coaching, improved pedagogy, faculty mentoring, and in-class peer instructional support.

All sites are instituting an early alert system and are providing training to assist faculty in improving their instructional practices.

For additional information, contact the CSSP.

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