Webinar: Meeting the Completion Challenge; Education Advisory Board

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, I participated in what was one of the best webinars I’ve heard.  The topic was the Completion Challenge and the free webinar was offered by the Educational Advisory Board. I’ve shared the meeting slides with ICC colleagues and summarized what I heard as the main points here.

  • The Completion Challenge, Obama – not on track to produce associate degree and certificate holders needed by 2018; CC completion rate 28% in 3-year time frame, 57% in 6-years
  • Focus on high-return student success strategies, actionable strategies, game changers
  • Educate the public on what we do, what student success is (not just completion); see info from Committee on Measures of Student Success
  • This study focused on:
    • Developing support services reach– current services are often “recipe for dropouts”; the circle game; stuck in institutional silos and restricted by the great wall – we should consider:
      • Centralized student services, one-stop-shop with instant access; see Mercer County CC, Tallahassee, Suffolk, South Texas, Bergen, Onondaga (virtual one-stop – Student Central)
      • Raising FAFSA awareness – require FAFSA completion; provide FAFSA labs for support; 42% of Pell-eligible students do not apply for aid – misconceptions about eligibility, form complications, sensitivity of using financial information, language barriers, missing financial information; see Connecticut Community Colleges, phillygoes2college.org; icanaffordcollege.com; College Goal Sunday; provide emergency funds – see Central New Mexico
      • Not allowing late enrollment – study at Mississippi Gulf Coast; mean GPA of students enrolling late – 2.06, on-time – 2.61; retention of students enrolling late – 42%, on-time – 69%; see other colleges – Sinclair, South Texas (Achieving the Dream), San Jacinto, Valencia (Aspen Prize), Dallas County
      • See also What Works in Student Retention, ACT Survey, 2004; Hardwiring Student Success
    • Preparing students for college coursework – 15% of remedial students complete a degree in 3 years; lost time, lost tuition; considered failure of public tax dollars, absence of skilled workforce
    • Developing alternative career pathways; stackable credentials; accelerated pathways through occupational credit; certificates/diplomas awarded by instructional hours; short-term programs leading to jobs
      • See Tennessee Technology Centers, block scheduling, co-hort programs
      • See Ivy Tech, Miami Dad for high-demand, 12-month, blended delivery programs
      • See Rhodes State College
  • Other notes:
    • Student audiences:  High Schooler, Swirler, Retooler
    • Employ an early alert academic warning system
    • See negative CC billboard campaign in Austin, TX, citing use of tax payer money for low completion rates at CC’s
    • In the future we will see: performance-based funding; grants awarded competitively based on student successes; students enrolling in programs with higher student success rates
    • Future research areas for Education Advisory Board:  developmental math redesign, flipped classroom; academic advisement

One response to “Webinar: Meeting the Completion Challenge; Education Advisory Board

  1. Karen Giesler

    Wow. Looks like I missed a great webinar. Measure of success is key. How many of our students who “qualify” to graduate actually apply to graduate? I explain to students the only way to receive an official degree audit is to apply to graduate and I always recommend they do so at minimum the semester prior. That way we can catch the “missed” class.

    Success = transfer? Job? Degee? Certificate? I think that all needs further clarification as stated in the article.

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