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Presentation for Higher Learning Commission Conference on the Graduation Project at UW Oshkosh

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Presenters Ruth A. Freiburger Director, Adult Non Traditional Resource (ANSR) Office Martin Tadlock Assistant Vice Chancellor, Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
  • 3.
    • Purpose of the Graduation Project
    • Help former UW Oshkosh students complete their baccalaureate-level studies
    • Increase the number of baccalaureate degree holders in Wisconsin
  • 4.
    • This Fall UW Oshkosh enrolled 12,669 students. Hidden within
    • those numbers are the stories of:
    • 67 students currently enrolled in the University through the Graduation Project (Spring 2009 Enrollment)
    • 105 students who completed their undergraduate degrees at UW Oshkosh through the Graduation Project over the past two years
    • 365 students in the pipeline exploring ways to complete their degrees
  • 5.
    • Wisconsin Facts
      • In top 10 states in high school graduation rate
      • 5 th in percentage of high school graduates who immediately enroll in college
      • 7 th in the nation for its high percentage of associate degree holders
      • 35 th in percentage of bachelor’s degree holders in adult population
  • 6.
    • Problem
    • 35 th in the nation is not good!
  • 7.
    • Growth Agenda – Is there a “brain drain”?
    • Wisconsin needs 70,000 more adults with a bachelor’s degree to reach the national average
    • Major reinvestment is necessary to help restore quality
    • Graduation Project is one of these efforts
  • 8. Graduation Project Pilot 2004
    • Idea of Chancellor – Richard Wells
      • Test the water
      • Establish contact
      • Graduate nondegree completers
  • 9.
    • The Beginning – Outreach
    • Registrar and Graduation Examiners identified “low hanging fruit”
      • Stopped out in last six years
      • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
      • 15 or less credits left
  • 10.
    • The Beginning – Communication
    • Admissions and Academic Advising
      • Sent letter to first group with new STAR reports and academic plans
    • Students responded to advisors
    • Effort was time-consuming and understaffed
  • 11.
    • Graduation Project 2005
    • ANSR Office assigned project/new staff added
      • ANSR Office sent invitation to students
      • Student mentors worked with GP students
      • STAR reports were developed by academic advisors after students responded
  • 12.
    • Marketing
          • Graduation Project website http://www.uwosh.edu/graduationproject wiki: gradproject.wetpaint.com
          • Project brochure
          • New phase letter sent out annually
          • Resend letter to earlier year students with brochure
          • Follow-up
  • 13.
    • GP operates out of the ANSR Office
      • 1.0 Project Appt. – Outreach Specialist dedicated to GP
      • 2 student mentors @ .25 FTE – dedicated to GP
      • .25 Academic Advisor – dedicated to GP
      • ANSR Program Assistant – as needed
      • ANSR Director
  • 14.
    • Personal Contact
    • Information, pre-advising and friendly follow up = essence of project
    • Follow up, follow up, follow up
  • 15. T.K.
  • 16.
    • Assess Needs
        • Students respond to invitation to return
        • Intake form gets the process started
        • Advisors make new academic plan
  • 17.
    • Assess Needs
        • Choose available campus and format for class
        • Special issues: appeals, repeating classes, probation, suspension and applying for academic amnesty
  • 18.
    • Assess Needs
        • Transcripts
        • Financial Aid
        • GP Scholarship
  • 19.
    • Campus Process
      • Track GP students with database indicators
      • Team up with other campus offices for meetings to problem solve, discuss relevant issues and policies
      • Help students find courses and complete paperwork
  • 20.
    • Important Policies
      • Course Repeat policy
      • Academic Amnesty
      • Credit for Prior Learning
  • 21.
    • Benefits
    • New online and hybrid course development
    • Collaboration with Center for New Learning
    • Special distance students – GP and other NTS
    • Solve unique problems
  • 22. M.M.
  • 23.
    • Benefits
      • Increases faculty buy-in
        • Get training to teach online and develop new skill
        • Get paid for online training
        • Able to teach courses above department allotment
  • 24.
    • Benefits
    • Creates direct personal connection for students to get re-enrolled
    • Adds new degree completers each year
    • Instills hope!
  • 25.
    • Evaluation
        • Numbers of students who respond
        • Numbers enrolled
        • Numbers graduated
        • Satisfaction
        • Exit interviews/survey
        • Survey to build on collaboration efforts
  • 26.
    • Funding
    • Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE) funded for two years (06-07), $75,000 per year, total of $150,000
    • 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
  • 27.
    • Scholarships
        • Privately funded scholarships from alum and long-term donor
        • Need based
        • Recommended by Project and Provost
        • No state funds for scholarships
  • 28.
    • Target Enrollments
    • Groups of students targeted for re-enrollment to complete their degree are broken into phases relating to year of last enrollment at UW Oshkosh
    410 former students (including contacts from Phase 1 & 2) 2008 Phase 5 100 former students 2007 Phase 4 605 former students 2006 Phase 3 342 former students 2004-2005 Phase 1 & 2 Target (approximate number) Year of Last Enrollment Phase
  • 29.
    • Graduation Project by the Numbers
    • 365 have responded to the invitation from all phases
    • 116 have graduated – 105 from UW Oshkosh, 11 from other institutions
  • 30.
    • Accomplishments
        • Happy campers!
        • More baccalaureate holders for university and state
        • GP “counted” on UW stats, percentages, etc.
        • New online courses to help GP and other NTS
        • Visibility – helps students know where to start
  • 31.
    • Limiting institutional issues
    • Time lag in getting STAR reports
    • Limited number of online classes
    • Limited number of evening classes
  • 32.
    • Limiting institutional issues
    • 15 of last 30 credits rule
    • Catalog year – lasts 6 years
    • Full time Outreach Coordinator not permanently funded
  • 33. What are the limiting issues on your campus?
  • 34. The Graduation Project re-recruits and helps former students return to complete their baccalaureate-level studies and become proud alum!
  • 35.
    • Martin Tadlock [email_address]
    • Ruth Freiburger [email_address]
      • Graduation Project
      • Adult Nontraditional Student Resource (ANSR) Office
      • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
      • 800 Algoma Blvd
      • Oshkosh, WI 54901
      • Phone: 920-424-1401
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Graduation Project wiki: gradproject.wetpaint.com