ACE Learner Success Lab Project
Iowa State University is one of 10 institutions selected to participate in the American Council on Education's Learner Success Laboratory (LSL). The 12- to 18-month initiative, supported by a grant from the Strada Education Network, is an innovative change management process for systems, processes, programs and culture, all aimed at boosting student success. The lab process aims to integrate evidence-based practices for persistence and completion, life design and career exploration, and workforce skills development with the goal of developing a comprehensive strategy for learner success. The lab project will also fulfill Iowa State University’s continuous improvement requirement (Quality Initiative) for the Higher Learning Commission.
Core Steering Group
The work of the Iowa State’s project team will be directed by:
Shawn Marie Boyne
Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Human Sciences
Assistant Dean of Students for Intercultural Initiatives and Resource Centers and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Executive Director, Institutional Research
Project Mentor: Jonathan Turk, Director of Research, American Council on Education
The steering committee with the help of six subcommittees will launch a comprehensive review of the university's student success initiatives using the lenses of diversity, equity, and inclusion; data-informed curriculum; and agility and transformation. The committee then will propose a strategic plan for student success and present that plan to Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost and Toyia Younger, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs.
The project team will use the ACE Model of Comprehensive Learner Success which is depicted below:
Each of the Project's Six Subcommittees will examine learner success at Iowa State using a unique lens:
♦ Institutional Commitment and Policy
♦ Leadership and Structure
♦ Curriculum and Co-Curriculum
♦ Faculty and Staff Support
- December 2020: Steering Committee Appointed
- February 2021: Site Visit Meetings Completed: During the month of February our Project mentor, Jon Turk, met with seventeen different campus teams to brief them on the project and answer questions.