Creating a Culture of Completion:

Shifting the Conversation, Making an Impact

Five Days. Dozens of Stories. Millions of Reasons to Celebrate.

Something incredible has happened in our colleges and universities over the past decade. The era of expanding access to higher education has given rise to a clear focus on ensuring that all students – regardless of their goals, readiness, or lived experience – succeed. Shifts like this don’t just happen. They are the result of thousands of leaders who have joined together to do the hard work of delivering on the promise of higher education.

This report is their story. It’s the story of what can happen when we put students first and achieve something historic.

What's Inside

Data

The numbers are in – and we know what works.

Data

Stories

Snapshots of the people making a difference.

Stories

Case Studies

Change is real – and institutions are proving it.

Case Studies

Conversation

A place for important voices to share their insight.

Conversation
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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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