Board of Regents Completion Initiative


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  • Recognized need to focus on ensuring students leave on time with a quality credentialEfforts focused in 2012 when USHE signed on to Complete College America
  • These recommendations and strategies were approved and vetted by COPComplete College America data has shown that, when it comes to college completion, TIME IS THE ENEMY
  • Using Complete College America data we signed on to this initiative their data allows us to see more and to count different points, such as part-time students
  • Again, CCA data. Given that this is 2005 cohort, should have 8-year graduation rates next year.We know that many of our students are still enrolled.The median income for bachelor’s degree holders is $50,360, compared to $29,423 for people with only a high school diploma.
  • First-time, new students enrolled as freshmen at USHE institutionsWe fall in line with other states, in that the majority of students are taking 12-14 credits.This is our focus.Get these students to take one additional class and cut a year off their time to graduate.
  • This is all students enrolled at USHE institutions. From the data Joe prepared for CCA, which has been vetted by the institutional IR departments.
  • The University of Hawai’i system found that regardless of academic preparation, students who took more credits performed better academically. This held true for all but the lowest prepared students. In one year of a PR campaign, UH system saw a 14.7% increase in the number of students enrolled in 15 or more credits.Students can take and pass the extra class; they just don’t know that they should.The extra year costs real money in terms of tuition, housing, etc., but also in opportunity costs when they are not working. Students who take more credits are more likely to graduate at all—we see this in our part-time completion rates.
  • When it costs the same to take 15 credits as it does 12, students readily see the economic advantages of taking 15. Some students may choose to take fewer to work, etc., and this policy will not hurt them. The recommended plateau is 12-15 credit hours.Currently:USU 13-18Snow 10-20WSU 11-18SUU 10-18DSU 12-20UVU 12-18SLCC 12-18U of U planning implementation
  • For example….
  • You heard earlier from President Wight on one way that our institutions are improving developmental math. These strategies are being employed system-wide and are, in fact, one of the measures being used for the $1m in performance funding.
  • Add some visual examples of Completion efforts at schools.
  • Add some visual examples of Completion efforts at schools.
  • Board of Regents Completion Initiative

    1. 1. Strategies for Increasing College Completion David L. Buhler Commissioner of Higher Education August 27, 2013
    2. 2.  ―College Completion‖ is a strategic priority of the Board of Regents  About half of our students graduate—less than the national average  Presidents have been working on a number of strategies and efforts to improve completion and the number of graduates and are making progress  Particular challenge for open-access institutions Improving College Completion: A Board of Regents Priority
    3. 3. Using Funding to Support Completion Initiatives  Mission Based Funding –Distinctive Mission  2013-14 most of Distinctive Mission  $4.3 million for completion  40% for participation  10% for economic development  2013-14 Performance Funding ($1 million) also focuses on initiatives to enhance completion  Institutions identified specific strategies  Funding distributed based on results  July 2014
    4. 4. System-Wide Steps  Adopt proven strategies to further the Regents’ completion agenda  Recommendations are supported by USHE Presidents  Based on data and research from Complete College America
    5. 5. Time is the Enemy  Barriers to completion include:  Taking fewer hours than possible  Delayed by developmental courses  Student confusion from too many choices  Utah has particular challenges with the number of students who take time out for religious service  Thus, we must do everything we can to remove barriers to completion
    6. 6. Current Completion Rates 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 21% 27% 32% 4% 7% 10% Graduation Rates of AA/AS Students at USHE Institutions Fall 2007 Cohort (CCA) Full-Time Part-Time
    7. 7. Current Completion Rates 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 4 Years 6 Years 29% 47% 9% 18% Graduation Rates of BA/BS Students at USHE Institutions Fall 2005 Cohort (CCA) Full-Time Part-Time
    8. 8. Credits Attempted System-Wide - 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 1-5 6-11 12-14 15+ Headcount 30,769 46,723 54,491 30,546 All USHE students Number of credits attempted 19% 29% 33% 19%
    9. 9. Completion Strategy #1 Define Full-Time as 15 Credits per Semester  Increases likelihood of graduating on time, earning higher grades, and higher completion rates  Students who take more credits finish college faster and enter the workforce sooner  University of Hawai’i system found regardless of preparation, students who took 15 or more hours performed better.
    10. 10. Completion Strategy #2 Use Plateau Tuition as Incentive  Taking more credit hours per semester maximizes students’ tuition dollars & time  Can result in saving one year’s cost of tuition/fees  Students’ tuition bills are not dependent on the number of credits they take, but are constant over time
    11. 11. Completion Strategy #3 Create ―Graduation Maps‖ for Each Major  Provide students with clearer sense of which courses to take when  Help students stay on track to finish their degrees on time  Help institutions know which courses to offer when  Prospective students can see what a particular major will look like
    12. 12. First-Year Program Map for BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah Course Prefix Course Number Course Title Credit Hours MATH 1310 Eng Calculus 4 CHEM 1210 General Chemistry 4 CHEM 1215 General Chemistry Lab 1 WRTG 2010 Intermediate Writing 3 CH EN 1703 Intro to Chem Eng 2 ETHC 2500 Intro to Ethnic Studies 3 FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER Course Prefix Course Number Course Title Credit Hours MATH 1320 Eng Calculus II 4 CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II 4 CHEM 1225 General Chemistry Lab II 1 PHYS 2210 Phycs for Scien & Eng I 4 CH EN 1705 Chem Eng Design & Innov 3 CH EN 4755 Undergraduate Seminar .5 TOTAL CREDITS: 17 TOTAL CREDITS: 16.5 Source: University of Utah Course Catalog 2013-14
    13. 13. Completion Strategy #4 Improve Success of Developmental Math  40% of Utah college students are placed in developmental courses  Fewer than 50% of students move on to college-level math within two years  Encouraging students to enroll in math their first year will help them move on to college-level courses in a timely manner
    14. 14. Completion Strategy #5 Institute Reverse Transfer/Stackable Credentials  Students who receive associate degree are more likely to complete four-year degree  Those who don’t finish will at least have one credential on their resumes  Reverse transfer allows a student’s achievements to be recognized with an associate degree after they’ve transferred to a four-year school
    15. 15. Getting the word out on Completion
    16. 16. Getting the word out on Completion
    17. 17. Board of Regents’ Resolution Providing Direction to Institutions in Five Areas 1. Establishing 15 credits as the standard for ―full- time.‖ 2. Setting plateau tuition to provide a financial incentive focused on 12-15 credit hours. 3. For new students without college math credit, encourage them to enroll in math during the first year and successful transitions from developmental to for-credit math. 4. Create accessible graduation maps for each major. 5. Carefully explore feasibility of implementing reverse transfer/stackable credentials.