Systematic Review of College Completion Strategies

Back of graduate holding her mortarboard

In the past two decades, research on the effect of interventions aimed at improving college student success through advising has grown rapidly. However, how useful this research has been to policymakers and practitioners is unclear. 

AIR conducted a systematic review of the literature, scanning advising policies and practices that colleges use to improve student outcomes, and conducting a gap analysis that compares the findings from the scan and from the systematic review to identify gaps in the research evidence. The goal of this project was to take stock of what we know about successful strategies to improve college completion and where gaps exists between research and current policy and practice.