2011Return, Restart, and Finish


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  • Students have to navigate a confusing array of issues (transfer credits, CPL, financial aid) when returning to college
  • 2011Return, Restart, and Finish

    1. 1. Return, Restart, Finish Minnesota Initiatives Targets Thousands for Degree Completion
    2. 2. Presenters <ul><li>Carol Lacey </li></ul><ul><li>Professor of Individualized/Interdisciplinary Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolitan State University </li></ul><ul><li>St. Paul, MN </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda Rondeau </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Emerging Academic Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>University of Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    3. 3. Preview of RRF Roundtable <ul><li>Meet adult degree completion needs amidst tight budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and connect with students likely to succeed and graduate </li></ul><ul><li>Provide key student services to enhance student success </li></ul><ul><li>Surmount process and bureaucratic challenges </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Any other topics you would like to discuss? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Need for Adult Degree Completion (Nation) <ul><li>60% of adults (8 million) nationwide have some credits, but no degree. </li></ul><ul><li>Completing degree improves personal job prospects AND meets workforce needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Target groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults 25+ who have completed almost all credits for degree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subgroup: recent immigrants with credentials from their home country. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed 45-90 credits to earn associate's or bachelor's degree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>     Subgroup: Military with possible acceleration of ACE and portfolio evaluation for prior or experiential learning assessment </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Dropping Out is Costly <ul><li>New American Institutes for Research study : </li></ul><ul><li>More than 1.1 million full-time students entered college in 2002 seeking bachelor's degrees. </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly half (almost 500,000) did not graduate within 6 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial impact in 2010 alone: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$3.8 billion in lost income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$566 million in federal income tax revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$164 million in state income tax revenue </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Adult Degree Completion Efforts (MN) <ul><li>Doubling of college required for MN job vacancies within past decade </li></ul><ul><li>MN has 832,371 working age adults with some college but no degree (CAEL, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary MNSCU student data identified at least 200,000 former MNSCU students no longer enrolled </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipated: at least 20 percent (40,000) would respond to direct marketing and half of these (20,000) would reenroll. </li></ul><ul><li>Targets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dislocated workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Military (active or veterans) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult students with situational barriers    </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. RAPID + Graduate Minnesota <ul><li>RAPID </li></ul><ul><li>   Preliminary MNSCU student data identified at least 200,000 former MNSCU students no longer enrolled </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipated: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least 20 percent (40,000) would respond to direct marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Half of these (20,000) would reenroll </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graduate Minnesota (U of M) </li></ul><ul><li>Started with two main questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Who were these students? Where are they now? </li></ul><ul><li>How could the University facilitate degree-completion? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    8. 8. Options that Enhance Degree Completion <ul><li>Adult learner needs and preferences for educational programs: </li></ul><ul><li>  Relevance to their jobs or careers </li></ul><ul><li>Available close to their homes or convenient at a distance </li></ul><ul><li>Online or hybrid (mix of classroom and online) learning </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated or compressed (shorter time from start to finish) </li></ul><ul><li>Credit options for experiential learning: Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or Student-Designed Learning (SDL) </li></ul><ul><li>Market visibility (so they know what's available) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Graduate Minnesota Starting Scope <ul><li>MNSCU (Minnesota State Colleges/Universities) Pilot: </li></ul><ul><li>  Two community colleges </li></ul><ul><li>One comprehensive urban university in Twin Cities metropolitan area (Metro Alliance) </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing to 500 former students from each campus beginning of fall semester </li></ul><ul><li>University of Minnesota Pilot: </li></ul><ul><li>Three colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Direct outreach (letter, email, & phone call) to 340 students </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized letters with direct phone & email to their college adviser </li></ul><ul><li>Information & contact info for adviser in online programs </li></ul>
    10. 10. Public education partnerships <ul><li>Graduate Minnesota Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Brings together statewide-public higher ed </li></ul><ul><li>Better serves students </li></ul><ul><li>Uses resources efficiently (tight budgets) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology allows us to work together & share resources more effectively </li></ul>
    11. 11. Let's talk . . . . . <ul><li>What degree completion challenges or initiatives are happening on your campus or in your state? </li></ul>
    12. 12. Characteristics of students <ul><li>University of Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>Past academic success; no academic suspension or probation </li></ul><ul><li>Degree seeking </li></ul><ul><li>Left over two years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Earned at least 90 credits </li></ul><ul><li>Earned at least 30 U of M credits  </li></ul><ul><li>Did not complete a bachelor degree elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>MNSCU  </li></ul><ul><li>  Minnesota residents </li></ul><ul><li>Last attendance within past 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Students 20-30 credits short of completing 2 year or 4 year degree, but others considered (15 credit minimum) </li></ul><ul><li>Good academic standing </li></ul><ul><li>No developmental or remedial credits </li></ul>
    13. 13. Student success <ul><li>Key message: &quot;You are closer than you think.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Returning students in revising degree plans at Metropolitan State are almost always surprised at how close they are. </li></ul><ul><li>Some had already completed all work and didn't know it. </li></ul><ul><li>Others were 2-3 classes from graduation. </li></ul><ul><li>Key message: “New options are available.” </li></ul><ul><li>Students find the mix of options available a relief; some can finish their degree by taking both online and on-campus courses. Many others choose the online degree completion option. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    14. 14. Let's talk . . . . . <ul><li>What do you consider to be characteristics of students who are most likely to succeed and graduate? </li></ul>
    15. 15. One-stop starting point <ul><li>Minnesota Learning Commons hosts the central call center (with toll-free number) and web site </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive expertise in key areas of student advising (readiness, financial aid, transfer, online learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded hours and follow-up with &quot;warm transfer&quot; to designated  staff at local colleges/universities who then connect with academic advisors, transfer specialists, veterans support </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota Transfer website   improves transfer process and decisions for students, faculty and staff..  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    16. 16. Student services: Challenges <ul><li>$$$: Adults seek financial help and support. For example, thousands responded to the initial MNSCU announcement about the Lumina grant supporting degree completion; the word &quot;grant&quot; triggered hope of tuition support, which is not part of the grant. A couple community colleges, however, are providing initial limited tuition for a back-to-college starting course. </li></ul><ul><li>Lag time: When adult students make the decision to return, they want to start, not wait months for admissions paperwork processing and registration eligibility. A free resource workshop available to all who have applied is among options that help them get going faster. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Let's talk . . . . <ul><li>What student services or support do you consider essential to success of returning adult students? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Process <ul><li>MNSCU: </li></ul><ul><li>Adult degree completion has been the primary focus at Metropolitan State since it began in 1971. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently 95 percent of its students are transfers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They bring an average of transcripts from 3 different institutions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enrollment growth sustained close to or above double digit levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two-year colleges in the system also experience steady or increasing enrollment. </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in adult degree completion at four-year institutions outstate is accelerating to meet market and workplace challenges. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Process <ul><li>University of Minnesota: </li></ul><ul><li>Approached deans first to discuss outreach to students from their colleges and gain approval. </li></ul><ul><li>Developed a custom process for working with advising staff in each college; local conditions and requirements vary. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained frequent communication with director of advising and dean’s office throughout outreach effort (usually 4 weeks). </li></ul><ul><li>Initial report to the dean and advising director 6 weeks after effort began, second report 6 months later, final report 1 yr later. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Let's talk . . . . . <ul><li>What institutional barriers or policies make it difficult for students to return and finish? </li></ul><ul><li>What policies facilitate their return/degree completion? </li></ul>