Bruce Vandal, Ph.D.

College Completion Consultant

Bruce Vandal, Ph.D.

College Completion Consultant

Bruce Vandal serves as an independent consultant on college success strategies. he draws from his experience as Senior Vice President at Complete College America, where he directedthe Corequisite Support education reform strategy and provided key policy leadership on CCA’s completion agenda. Bruce directed several projects related to Corequisite Support education reform and math pathways. Among them is the Scaling Corequisite Initiative funded by the Lumina Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation that worked with 15 states on efforts to scale Corequisite Support for the vast majority of students who would otherwise be enrolled in traditional remediation. Bruce also directed the Building Math Pathways into Programs of Study project funded by the Lumina Foundation. The math pathways project, a collaboration with the Charles A. Dana Center, that is working in six states to build differentiated math pathways that are fully transferable and apply to program requirements at all public postsecondary institutions in the participating states.

Before CCA, Bruce was the Vice President of Development and Outreach as well as the Director of the Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Institute at the Education Commission of the States. Vandal directed Getting Past Go, a Lumina Foundation project that leveraged investments in remedial and developmental education to increase college attainment. He was the co-director of the Tennessee Developmental Studies Redesign Initiative, which was a partnership with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to reform developmental education courses at TBR institutions funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota.


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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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