A  $5 MILLION  prize competition to find scalable technology solutions to help more students stay on track to a timely graduation.


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The College Success Prize received applications from all over the US and around the world, from large, public companies as well as startups and academic teams. We're excited to announce that the following teams have made it to the Semi-Final of the College Success Prize:


Beyond 12
The Beyond 12 "MyCoach" app helps students keep track of deadlines and milestones, and, based on the college students are attending, provides them with personalized tools and tips to help navigate their college experience. Students receive automated alerts (mimicking the nudges from a live coach) on their mobile devices that include links to the campus resources available to help them complete certain tasks. In addition, the app allows students to record completion of tasks; motivates students, in the form of points and badges, for skill and knowledge mastery; and encourages students to share their experiences with peers. Ultimately, MyCoach will bridge the information gap and help students master the activities, behaviors and habits that increase their success in college and beyond.


Carney Labs LLC
YOU CAN DO IT! College Champion will address common college freshman obstacles (e.g., time management, scheduling priorities), provide a clear channel of ongoing support and encouragement, deliver self-motivating prompts, and link communities of students to encourage connectedness at CUNY.


Core Skills Mastery (CSM) is a free web-based course that monitors and responds to student issues in key math and literacy skills; problem-solving strategies and mindset; active, independent learning; and performance traits like persistence, self-efficacy, and conscientiousness. CSM incorporates an advanced adaptive learning engine, requires a significantly higher level of mastery than most competency-based models, employs an instructional model of intrinsic motivation and meta-cognition, and directly addresses learned helplessness.


Start Strong. Finish Stronger. Together. You are dedicated to reaching your goals at community college.  Our mobile app is dedicated to making that simpler. We help lead you. You help lead your classmates.


EdReady is a math readiness system for anyone considering attending college in the United States.  The purpose of EdReady is to help prepare students to avoid remedial instruction and begin their college studies by giving them the resources they need to achieve adequate scores on the commonly used placement exams AccuPlacer, Compass, and ACT.


Education Advisory Board (EAB)
The road to success at community college starts before a student's first day of classes; it starts as soon as they apply. To give every student her or his own personalized pathway to success, EAB (a division of the Advisory Board Company) has built a platform that marries goals with outcomes, life with school, and needs with resources all to ensure that students stay on track through all of life's ups and downs.

GetSet is a social productivity platform that uses psychology-based techniques to keep students on track for graduation. The platform's PeerWisdomâ„¢ engine connects students who can support each other's goals, creating a sense of belonging in the student community.


GradGuru is a free app that helps students get through college with school deadlines, advice, and a way to earn rewards for doing to the right things. GradGuru reduces community college drop out rates and accelerates students' completion.

JumpCourse offers best-in-class online, adaptive learning courses to prepare students for college entrance exams as well as credit by exam (i.e., CLEP).  Our affordable courses offer the best in adaptive learning technology, as well as professionally produced videos, eBooks, and hundreds of interactives to ensure our students are learning the material to pass their exam, and our students currently boast an over 95% pass rate for CLEP.

Kinvolved is improving graduation rates of community college students with an app to increase attendance and real-time communication among student support networks.


Kipin Hall
Kipin Hall is a mobile and web based retention solution for higher-ed. The app uses a proven set of behavioral studies to help students achieve their academic goals.


KnowRe is an online adaptive learning program for mathematics.  KnowRe believes that the most effective educational approach is one that is personalized to the needs of each individual student and that technology is the most efficient way to scale that approach.


LimeSpring provides a developmental (remedial) math solution that can be used to create a blended learning environment. Using LimeSpring CUNY students have passed developmental math at a rate of 87% (as compared to the national average of ~30%) and reported increases in interest and confidence in the field of mathematics.


Mobilize Success with GPS LifePlan
The GPS LifePlan has a history of improving community college retention and graduation rates for students. The proposed improvements to the existing customer relationship management system will increase usage and enhance the effect of participation.


Persistence Plus LLC
Persistence Plus is a mission-driven organization focused on increasing college persistence and completion.  Using cutting-edge behavioral interventions, mobile technology, and data analytics, Persistence Plus fosters the student behaviors and mindsets that are associated with college success. 


Where social media meets critical thinking to support student-driven learning and discussion around coursework, career and life.


Stanford Interventions Lab
Many disadvantaged students fail to achieve their potential in school because they are burdened with worries tied to their marginalized status, such as the fear of being negatively stereotyped and the daily hassles of poverty that shorten cognitive bandwidth. Two brief intervention strategies, each supported by prior research, will be tested via mobile technology and will serve to make it easier for disadvantaged students, first, to make decisions better aligned with their long-term self interest, through timely reminders of adaptive but easily forgotten academic behaviors, and, second, to attain a level of academic performance more reflective of their abilities, through stress-reducing writing exercises delivered before high-stakes tests.


Team InfoMe
Our technology is an interactive, customizable, and easily understandable platform with two main components: 1) an in-course success tool and 2) a course selection planning tool. The application will help students effectively identify, evaluate, and process the multitude of choices they are asked to make, so that they can make the right decisions for themselves and in the end, reach their goals of college success.