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Scaling Up Effective Practices in Higher Education 

The Lieutenant Governor’s Office is working with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to provide follow-up support and resources for institutions working to implement effective affordability and completion practices. Information will be added to this site as it becomes available.

The Lumina Foundation puts out daily and monthly newsletters that have links to good articles relevant to our Scaling Up Conference topics like revising remediation, reverse transfer, and intensive advising.  Please go to the following link to subscribe:

Guided Pathways to Success (GPS)

Streamlining degree requirements, providing course “maps”, tracking student progress, and offering intensive advisement in order to speed time to degree and reduce costs.

Get With the Program: Accelerating Community College Students' Entry Into and Completion of Programs of Study Community College Research Center (CCRC) Report, January 2014

Complete College America GPS Website Detailed descriptions and links to many resources.

Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs – Create Smarter Pathways Details, evidence and some examples for state and institutional leaders to consider as they work to advance GPS reforms.

Open Course and Textbook Resources

Free and reduced price course materials.

University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library This library is a tool to help instructors from any institution find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed.

Washington Open Course Library Funded by the State of Washington and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, open to all. The Open Course Library is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Some of our materials (also called open educational resources) are paired with low cost textbooks ($30 or less); many of them are completely free.

Tacoma Community College Open Educational Resources (OER) Project Home page with links to many sources of OER materials.