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Completion Focused Models:
Views of Postsecondary Attainment
Indiana, Washington State, Tennessee
Talent Dividend Network
October 4, 2010
Completion Focused Postsecondary
How do Talent Dividend Cities advocate for Completion-
Do we know one when we see one?
Addressing systemic barriers…
Poor Access for specific populations.
Ineffective Assessment and Placement.
Program and Course Confusion
Ambiguous Course Sequencing and Scheduling
Goal: Increase capacity to raise the number and rate of
completions of degrees and certificates that hold labor
oChange the structure and organization of programs and services
More than a work-around
oComprehensive change along the educational pathway
More than one fix to one element in one department
oEmbed change in the core operations of the institution
More than a pilot, grant dependent, project
Talent Dividend: Completion Focused Models3
Three Examples of Completion Strategies
o Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana – institutional
commitment to increase completion.
o College for Working Adults, Seattle/King County
Community Colleges, Washington State – introducing
o Tennessee Technology Centers – mission driven.
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Ivy Tech Community College
Indiana’s Community College System
o Single state system, 24 campuses, 160,000 students. 10-20%
o Multiple system-wide efforts to increase access and completion
among different populations:
Compressed program for HS students: Associates Degree in 12
College for Working Adults: System wide program re-design for
Demonstration projects in accelerated and compressed
Redesign of technical programs to focus on completion.
o Led by central office, administered by campuses.
o Operating in Parallel: New programs with traditional pathways.
Large system embracing comprehensive change. Next steps.
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College for Working Adults
Seattle/King County Community Colleges
o Initiated from ‘outside’ the system by philanthropic collaborative.
o Grant RFP with specific program design criteria.
o Seven Community Colleges, six degree programs.
o Developing new structures to increase completion.
Low-skilled, low-income workers.
In demand occupational areas.
Comprehensive program pathway.
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Tennessee Technology Centers
Occupational and Technical Education
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o 27 Facilities Across the State, 7,000 Diplomas, 75% Completion.
Integrated within the Tennessee Postsecondary System
o Clearly defined programs of study leading to credential and
Limited choice. Fully defined.
o All services embedded within program of study
Student Services and Advising
o Staff and faculty accountable for completion and placement.
Brian Bosworth, President
Stephen Michon, Vice President
John Hoops, Senior Associate
Malo Hutson, Associate
Stacey Jarrett Wagner, Associate