Student Success

Two students in graduation caps and gowns, standing on the west terrace of the Old Capitol Museum, their shadows cast on the wall behind them.

Student success is a key part of the mission of the Public Policy Center. Research clearly shows that college students who have learning experiences outside the classroom – like doing research, working a job, participating in student orgs, or doing service-learning work – do better in school (higher GPA’s), are more likely to graduate, and are more successful later in their careers.

Background photo featuring Sabrina and the robot test arm.
February 26, 2024
Sabrina Vlk, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, recently won the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for her work on a team developing a soft tissue robot octopus in the College of Engineering's Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab.
Maxwell Hammond
November 20, 2023
Meet Maxwell Hammond, a PhD student at the Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab!
Headshot of Evan Doyle
August 30, 2023
Meet Evan Doyle, second-year graduate student in the School of Planning and Public Affairs
Headshot of Anna Holub.
March 7, 2023
Meet Anna Holub, undergraduate student from Urbandale, Iowa!