Practices Exchange Newsletter

The Yes We Must Coalition newsletter focuses on ways to share resources and practices that faculty and staff have found to be uniquely geared to and effective in supporting the success of our low-income and/or first generation students. Every month we’ll be sharing resources and ideas that members have submitted, including attachments of actual material in some cases, and also links and contact information for those who would like to learn more.

[YWM] offered the prospect of a community of discourse for staff and faculty outside our narrow institutional bounda­ries . . . with institut­ions that share common chal­lenges and commitments.
Vinton Thompson, President, Metropolitan College of New York

See all issues
November — Issue 17:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 17
October — Issue 16:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 16
August — Issue 15:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 15
Summer — Issue 14:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 14
May — Issue 13:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 13
April — Issue 12:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 12
March — Issue 11:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 11
Febuary — Issue 10:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 10
January — Issue 9:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 9
See all issues
March — Issue 1:Welcome to our First Issue
April — Issue 2:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 2
May — Issue 3:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 3
June/July — Issue 4:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 4
August — Issue 5:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 5
September — Issue 6:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 6
October — Issue 7:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 7
November — Issue 8:Practices Exchange Newsletter Issue 8

YWMC Reports

High Impact Practices and Low-Income Student Success: What Works?

This document brings together representative examples of recent evidence-based literature regarding practices and policies that support the success of low income students.

Read online or download pdf

What Our Students Tell Us

One hundred forty-three Pell-eligible seniors discussed the factors that went into their college success and the obstacles along the way. Learn about this YWMC project in our report “Listening to Our Low-Income Students: Seniors Reflect on Their College Experience.”

Find report here


Helping Low-Income and First Gen Students Get to the Finish Line: Classroom Strategies

As YWM institutions, we are proud of our commitment to “New Majority” students from first-gen and/or low-income families. But we are challenged by the lower graduation rates these students achieve, compared to other student groups both in our institutions and across US higher education. One of the goals of YWM is to discover better ways to create equity in university outcomes for these New Majority students. This webinar shared creative and effective faculty strategies that both maintained high standards and overcame the invisible barriers responsible for derailing New Majority student success. Practical examples demonstrated ways to create strong student engagement, promote a sense of belonging, build confidence, and encourage students’ vision for their futures.

Presenter Kathleen Ross is the Founding President of Heritage University in rural central Washington. After 28 years as President, she retired and initiated research on student success factors within college classrooms. This resulted in opening an Institute for Student Identity Research and producing 14 three-minute videos where faculty members share their creative and research-documented successful strategies. This was followed by Breakthrough Strategies: Classroom-based Practices to Support New Majority Students, published by Harvard Education Press in 2016. Dr. Ross serves as the Secretary for the Board of Yes We Must Coalition, and she is a life-time member of the Catholic order, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Download Kathleen Ross’s PowerPoint presentation

Critical Data: Understanding Inequity of Baccalaureate Degree Attainment

YWM Associate member Tom Mortenson discussed his latest analysis, “Estimated Baccalaureate Degree Attainment by Age 24 by Family Income Quartiles: 1970 to 2016” in our second webinar. Using this Pell Institute report, Tom provided data and explanation to support the troubling fact of continued disparity over time in access to, persistence in, and graduation from college for low-income individuals. These are more than just numbers; they are evidence of continuing inequity across the education system, of the need for the work being done by Yes We Must schools, and the need to do more on our campuses and at the state and federal policy level.

Read and download Tom’s study here (pdf opens in new page).

Thomas G. Mortenson is a Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and an independent higher education policy analyst.

Download Tom Mortenson’s PowerPoint presentation

Collaborative Projects

The Yes We Must Coalition has several collaborative projects underway right now that are open to any member institution. Read about them here.