Matt Presser

Strategy Director

Complete College America

Matt Presser

Strategy Director

Complete College America

Matt Presser is pleased to join the Complete College America team as Strategy Director. He most recently earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studied how universities create the conditions to achieve equitable rates of student access and success. His higher education experience includes time spent directing a program serving DREAMers enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University, teaching at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and tutoring in prisons in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He began his career as a public school teacher in New Haven, Connecticut, and served as a teaching ambassador to the U.S. Secretary of Education. In addition to his doctorate, he holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in urban education studies from Yale University.

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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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