That means showing people how to get their degree through a targeted career program. Setting up student success centers on campuses for advising. Free tutoring. Targeting high-risk groups. Identifying the courses that students get hung up on then using different teaching methods and online support.
The sheer number of degrees awarded may not be a definitive indicator of a school's success, of course. The American Association of Community Colleges ripped its own membership in a 2012 report that said at two-year institutions, student success rates were unacceptably low, employment preparation was linked too closely to job-market needs, and transitions among high schools, community colleges and baccalaureate institutions were flawed.