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A SMART Approach
Karen Vignare
Executive Director,
Personalized Learning Consortium


Featured Institutions

Colorado State University

Undergraduate Enrollment:  30,614
Carnegie Classification:  Doctoral Universities: Highest research activity


Georgia State University

Undergraduate Enrollment:  25,140
Carnegie Classification:  Doctoral Universities: Highest research activity


Middle Tennessee State University

Undergraduate Enrollment:  20,140
Carnegie Classification:  Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity


Austin Community College

Undergraduate Enrollment:  41,574
Carnegie Classification:  Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional


Whatcom Community College

Undergraduate Enrollment:  4,391
Carnegie Classification:  Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional



Information from National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS : Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System: Washington, D.C.: 2014-2015.

“If you’re in the top 25% of Americans right now, you have about an 80% chance of holding a college degree. If you’re in the lowest 25%, you have under a 10% chance. So you’re talking about a ratio of somewhere around 10 to 1 more likely based on what kind of family income youre born into. That’s not right. We all know that that’s not right. It’s also not healthy for the social life, the economic life of our country.”

Timothy Renick, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, and University Vice Provost at Georgia State University

“It’s about a ‘one university’ focus. When you have everyone pulling together, it’s an amazing process to observe and be a part of. When you have Student Affairs, the Registrar’s Office, IT, Admissions, Athletics, the chairs for all the colleges, faculty governance…when everybody’s lined up, that’s where the difference occurs.”

Rick Sluder, Vice Provost for Student Success, Middle Tennessee State University

“Sometimes, our students don’t know what they don’t know, and they may be limited by the knowledge of the careers that may be available because of the limited exposure they have had to different careers. And so having an advising platform that really opens opportunities for students is crucial.”

Virginia Fraire, Vice President for Student Services, Austin Community College