Emily Sellers

Degrees When Due (DWD) Project Manager

Institute for Higher Education and Policy

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Emily Sellers

Degrees When Due (DWD) Project Manager

Institute for Higher Education and Policy

Emily Sellers serves as the Degrees When Due (DWD) Project Manager for the Institute for Higher Education and Policy (IHEP). In this role, Emily oversees project implementation, recruits and onboard new states and institutions, builds strategic partnerships, and aligns policy priorities across the network.

Previously, Emily served as Director of Alliance Relations for Complete College America. In this role, Emily provided support to the Alliance through trainings, technical assistance and in-person support. She worked closely with Alliance members to support completion efforts and drive results. Emily also engaged with national higher education policy and philanthropic communities to strengthen the network of support within the college completion movement.

Prior to joining CCA, Emily served as Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Emily was responsible for leading the Outreach and Engagement team which focused on four areas: Communications and Outreach; Constituent Development and Engagement; Training, Technical Assistance and Support; and Capacity Building. Emily brings over a decade of higher education experience and earned her Bachelor’s in Movement Science from Grand Valley State University and her Master’s in Public Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs program at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).


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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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