Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success
Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College was unprepared to support students who wanted to earn a degree but didn’t make it to graduation. In 2011, it retained fewer than sixty percent of students and had a three-year graduation rate of 8 percent. LCCC developed a strategy rooted in data on its own students and assisted by a network of other higher education institutions that boosted the college’s three-year graduation rate to 23 percent. Lorain’s impressive gains suggest four key approaches that institutions could follow to jumpstart their own student success efforts.

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