Richard Bland College of William & Mary is one of only 10 institutions across the country that has been selected to participate in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Learner Success Laboratory (LSL).

New this year, the LSL is part of a suite of Transformation Labs offered by ACE to guide colleges and universities through a structured strategic planning process to advance critical institutional priorities. Participants will work 12-18 months to integrate evidence-based practices for persistence and completion, life design and career exploration, and workforce skills development, ultimately producing a comprehensive strategy for learner success. The pilot cohort will begin work in October 2020 and is supported by a grant from the Strada Education Network.

“Richard Bland College will now have the opportunity to build upon its innovative Exceptional Student Experience program as a member of the elite LSL cohort,” says President Debbie L. Sydow. “Prioritizing student success in a highly diverse learning community is squarely in our wheelhouse, and this program will undoubtedly contribute to RBC’s aspirational goal of 100% student success.”

The other institutions in the inaugural Learner Success Laboratory cohort include: Elon University, Iowa State University, Labouré College, Massasoit Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, Union Institute & University, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, Western Oregon University, and Windward Community College. Institutions in the cohort serve approximately 67,000 undergraduate learners in total and comprise a diverse range of two-and four-year, public and private institutions, and several current or emerging Hispanic serving institutions.