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Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh
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Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh

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This is the powerpoint presentation of the Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh presented by Katherine Chase and Ruth Freiburger at the recent CAEL conference in Philadelphia. The project is a great …

This is the powerpoint presentation of the Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh presented by Katherine Chase and Ruth Freiburger at the recent CAEL conference in Philadelphia. The project is a great approach to helping working adults who didn't finish a college degree to come back to school and finish.

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  • 1. CAEL 2008 International Conference Lifelong Learning: Building Pathways to Independence Re-retaining, Re-recruiting and Re-marketing: The Graduation Project   
  • 2. Presenters Ruth A. Freiburger, Director Adult Nontraditional Student Resource Office Katherine N. Chase Graduation Project Outreach Specialist
  • 3. <ul><li>Purpose of the Graduation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways to help former UW Oshkosh students complete their baccalaureate-level studies </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the number of baccalaureate degree holders in Wisconsin </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>Wisconsin Facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In top 10 states in high school graduation rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 th in percentage of high school graduates who immediately enroll in college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 th in the nation for its high percentage of associate degree holders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35 th in percentage of bachelor’s degree holders in adult population </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. <ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><li>35 th in the nation in the number of bachelor’s degree holders is not good! </li></ul>
  • 6. <ul><li>Growth Agenda – Is there a “brain drain”? </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin needs 70,000 more adults with a bachelor’s degree to reach the national average </li></ul><ul><li>Major reinvestment is necessary to help restore quality and to continue providing “brain development ” solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation Project is one of these efforts </li></ul>
  • 7. Graduation Project Pilot Project 2004 <ul><li>Idea of our Chancellor – Richard Wells </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test the water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate the returnees </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. <ul><li>The Beginning – Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Registrar and Graduation Examiners identified “low hanging fruit” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stopped out in last six years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 or less credits left </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. <ul><li>The Beginning – Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions and Academic Advising </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sent letter to first group with new STAR reports and academic plans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students responded to advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Effort was time-consuming and understaffed </li></ul>
  • 10. <ul><li>Graduation Project 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>ANSR Office assigned project/new staff added </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ANSR Office sent invitation to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student mentors worked with GP students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STAR reports were developed by academic advisors after students responded </li></ul></ul>
  • 11. <ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation Project website http://www.uwosh.edu/graduationproject </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project brochure </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New phase invitation sent out annually </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resend invitation to earlier year students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  • 12. <ul><li>GP operates out of the ANSR Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1.0 Project Appt. – Outreach Specialist dedicated to GP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 student mentors @ .25 FTE – dedicated to GP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.25 Academic Advisor – dedicated to GP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ANSR Program Assistant – as needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ANSR Director </li></ul></ul>
  • 13. <ul><li>Personal Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Information, pre-advising and friendly follow up = essence of project </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach visits with students – by email, phone and in their communities </li></ul><ul><li>Student mentoring – current and prospective students </li></ul><ul><li>Create readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Get updated STAR reports </li></ul>
  • 14. Follow up, follow up, follow up
  • 15. MATT
  • 16. <ul><li>Assess Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students respond to invitation to return </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intake form gets the process started </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advisors make new academic plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose campus and format for class </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special issues: appeal, repeating classes, probation, suspension and applying for academic amnesty </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 17. <ul><li>Assess Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Updated STAR report meeting with advisor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GP Scholarship </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 18. <ul><li>Campus Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Track GP students with database indicators in PeopleSoft™. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team up with other campus offices for meetings to problem solve, discuss relevant issues and policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students find courses and complete paperwork </li></ul></ul>
  • 19. <ul><li>Important Policies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy review and revision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Repeat policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Amnesty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credit for Prior Learning </li></ul></ul>
  • 20. <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>New online and hybrid course development </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with Center for New Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Special distance students – GP and other NTS </li></ul><ul><li>Helps solve unique problems </li></ul>
  • 21. LISA
  • 22. <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases faculty buy-in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get training to teach online and develop new skill </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get paid for online training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Able to teach courses above department allotment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 23. <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Adds new degree completers each year </li></ul><ul><li>Instills hope! </li></ul>
  • 24. <ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Numbers of students who respond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Numbers enrolled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Numbers graduated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfaction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exit interviews/survey </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New survey to build on collaboration efforts </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 25. <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE) funded for two years (06-07), $75,000 per year, total of $150,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Local initiatives to get more graduates as economic driver for state </li></ul><ul><li>State allocation of funds </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive process – involves CAEL and faculty </li></ul>
  • 26. <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>President of UW System, Dr. Reilly, funded for two years (07-09) at $100,000 per year, total of $200,000 at UW Oshkosh Chancellor’s request </li></ul><ul><li>Give the project a boost </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as model </li></ul><ul><li>Support Growth Agenda </li></ul>
  • 27. <ul><li>Staffing with Outside Funding </li></ul><ul><li>1.0 Project Appointment – Outreach Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>.25 FTE – Academic Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>.25 FTE – Student Mentor </li></ul>
  • 28. <ul><li>Staffing In-Kind </li></ul><ul><li>Program Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Second Student Mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Director of ANSR </li></ul>
  • 29. <ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Privately funded scholarships from alum and long-term donor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need based </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended by Project and Provost </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No state funds for scholarships </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 30. ROB
  • 31. Graduation Project by the Numbers 306 have responded to the invitation from all phases 86 have graduated – 77 from UW Oshkosh, 9 from other institutions 6 17 9 Graduated 12 7 18 9 Slated to Graduate 58 20 48 35 Enrolled Fall 08 Summer 08 Spring 08 Fall 07
  • 32. <ul><li>Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Happy campers! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More baccalaureate holders for university and state </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GP “counted” on UW stats, percentages, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New online courses to help GP and other NTS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visibility – helps students know where to start </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 33. NATE
  • 34. <ul><li>Limiting institutional issues </li></ul><ul><li>Time lag in getting STAR reports </li></ul><ul><li>Limited number of online classes </li></ul><ul><li>Limited number of evening classes </li></ul><ul><li>15 of last 30 credits rule </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog year – lasts 6 years </li></ul>
  • 35. What are the limiting issues on your campus?
  • 36. The Graduation Project re-recruits and helps former students return to complete their baccalaureate-level studies and become proud alum!
  • 37. <ul><li>Katherine Chase [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth Freiburger [email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Nontraditional Student Resource (ANSR) Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Wisconsin Oshkosh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>800 Algoma Blvd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oshkosh, WI 54901 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone: 920-424-1401 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation Project wiki: www.gradproject.wetpaint.com </li></ul>

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