Community colleges pave the way for all types and ages of students to earn an associate’s degree, take prerequisites before moving to a four-year college, or obtain skills needed to enter the workforce prepared for an in-demand job.
But community college enrollment has been declining for more than a decade, and stop-out rates have been rising — especially for first-time adult learners and students of color — all while staff and funding shortages persist. The need is greater than ever to bring learners to school — and help them complete. That’s where InsideTrack can help.
Since 2001, InsideTrack has been working with colleges to directly improve enrollment, retention, completion and career advancement through the power of coaching. We coach learners to advance along both degree and non-degree pathways — supporting them in earning degrees, certificates and training that will provide opportunity for themselves, their families and their communities.
We also know that community college staff often go the extra mile, with minimal funding and lagging resources. That’s why we partner with community colleges to secure funding in order to fuel student support transformation across departments, creating a sustainable and scalable support system for years to come.
Whether you’re looking to increase enrollment, retention, re-enrollment, completion or career readiness, we provide direct student coaching tailored to your outcomes — as well as coaching development and training to build coaching capacity to transform your institution.
In non-degree programs, we can do the same for learners who are upskilling or reskilling, supporting career and technical education students on the path to success.
Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, Illinois Central College president, explains how InsideTrack helped the school move from a transactional to a transformational student support model, instituting more holistic student support practices — leading to an 8–12 percent increase in retention. And that’s just the beginning.
As nearly 40 million students find themselves with some college but no degree, the need for actionable re-enrollment ideas and support is greater than ever. That’s the impetus behind “Reconnect, Re-Enroll and Rise” — a timely report that includes five key steps and four ready-to-download tools that can help you start revamping your re-enrollment process today.
InsideTrack has become not just an incredible partner in reaching adult learners, but a true part of our team. Over nearly three years of working together, they have brought the skills to amplify our outreach and, perhaps most importantly, the heart to truly connect with every potential student and meet them where they are.
Senior Advisor, John M. Belk Endowment
Since utilizing InsideTrack’s methodology, ACC’s academic guidance team has been empowered to guide students to success through a) personalized engagement with intentional discussions around their opportunities and challenges to success, b) growth mindset to ensure the time and effort we put into our students is continually assessed and improved for the most positive student outcomes, and c) that each student realizes their educational goals for the future they deserve.
Dr. Shasta Buchanan
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Austin Community College
Our partnership with InsideTrack is about unlocking the full potential of both our students and our staff by enhancing our capability to support students in successfully navigating obstacles to graduation.
Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey
President, Illinois Central College
Our partnership with InsideTrack helps provide students with the support they need to reach their full potential. The results speak for themselves as we work toward closing the achievement gap and enabling all our students to reach even greater heights.
Former Assistant Vice President of Student Success, Ivy Tech Community College
I've worked with students for more than 15 years and I found InsideTrack’s Foundational Coach Training extremely helpful and purposeful. I especially like that it’s a framework where I can add my own techniques and verbiage to meet students’ needs. It has been an invaluable experience.
Lead Student Success Advisor, Illinois Central College