Strong Start To Finish

Strong Start to Finish works to amplify a set of evidence-based Core Principles.

We identify and expand on best practices for mastery of pre-college level content. This leads to student success strategies that can be implemented at any institution of any size. Through engagement, learning and growth, innovation can be fostered at scale. Read some of the inspiration behind our work in the Core Principles for Transforming Remediation within a Comprehensive Student Success Strategy. Released in 2015, colleges and states across the nation are beginning to see dramatic improvements by implementing reforms consistent with the Core Principles.

Our Core Principles:

Every student’s postsecondary education begins with an intake process to choose an academic direction and identify the support needed to pass relevant credit-bearing gateway courses in the first year.
Enrollment in college-level math and English courses or course sequences aligned with the student’s program of study is the default placement for the vast majority of students.
Academic and nonacademic support is provided in conjunction with gateway courses in the student’s academic or career area of interest through co-requisite or other models with evidence of success in which supports are embedded in curricula and instructional strategies.
Students for whom the default college-level course placement is not appropriate, even with additional mandatory support, are enrolled in rigorous, streamlined remediation options that align with the knowledge and skills required for success in gateway courses in their academic or career area of interest.
Every student is engaged with content of required gateway courses that is aligned with his or her academic program of study—especially in math.
Every student is supported to stay on track to a college credential, from intake forward, through the institution’s use of effective mechanisms to generate, share and act on academic performance and progression data.

Working Collaboratively to Leverage Pre-College Momentum

Postsecondary leaders are increasingly working collaboratively with those who prepare their entering students, including K-12 education systems, workforce programs and Adult Basic Education providers.

Scaling Student Success Toward Meaningful Postsecondary Credentials

Our network is committed to working closely with state, system and institutional leaders to support implementation of the principles, improving academic success and student progression toward their degree.