Colleges that offer the right mix of flexibility and structure can make a world of difference for students. With programs that offer too much flexibility, students can easily get off track. And in programs with overly rigid structure, students may have a hard time fitting college into their lives. By creating academic sequences and course structures that meet students where they are, institutions can create clear pathways to a degree.
The path to a degree or credential can feel more like a winding road than a straight line. Many students struggle to navigate their way to a degree because of unclear course sequences, scheduling challenges, or narrowly tailored majors that leave little room for choice.
of students who take College Algebra do not not go on to take Calculus
of excess credits result from poor student choices, unavailable courses, transfer issues, or degree requirements
of undergraduate students change their major within three years
Identify the appropriate gateway math course that is aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.
Provide students with opportunities to explore related programs of study that allow them to make more informed and deliberate decisions about their majors, while making progress towards their degrees.
Academic Maps & Milestones
Delineate the path to graduation and highlight significant milestones that contribute to student success in a clear and comprehensive format.
Design schedules that contribute to degree progression and meet the needs of all students.
Stackable Certificates & Credentials
Create competency-driven structures that encourage lifelong learning and attainment of degrees of value.
It’s all about buy-in. Buy-in from faculty, buy-in from staff and buy-in from students. That’s the message from those California community colleges that have successfully packaged the scores of degrees and certificates being offered into career clusters known as “meta-majors.”
As universities begin to offer more majors, students are becoming less likely to graduate within four years. To address this problem, some colleges have started offering “meta majors” — broad course tracks encompassing a group of related programs.
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