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Discussion: Degree in Four Developing a Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

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This project is in exploratory stage. …

This project is in exploratory stage.

If a student participates in this program, maintains eligibility, and cannot graduate in four years because a required class is unavailable, PSU will approve a substitute course, waive the requirement, or pay the tuition.

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  • 1. Discussion: Degree in FourDeveloping a Four-Year GraduationGuarantee Sukhwant Jhaj Dean of Undergraduate Studies Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Success
  • 2. Four Year Graduation Guarantee • If a student participates in this program, maintains eligibility, and cannot graduate in four years because a required class is unavailable, PSU will approve a substitute course, waive the requirement, or pay the tuition.
  • 3. When?• Suggest implementation for fall 2013
  • 4. Why Now?• Four year graduation rate below 10% (Average of 2001 to 2007 cohort)• Focus on student success• Intense competition for students• Four year Degree Map developed by all undergraduate programs
  • 5. Structure• Partnership between student and PSU• Student responsibility: Eligibility, major declaration, degree map, meet with advisor, academic performance• University responsibility: matriculate to major, access to coursework and support by advisors
  • 6. Goals• Demonstrate institutional commitment• Change perception• Develop community• Encourage degree completion• Change institutional practices• Improve planning
  • 7. Examples• University of Minnesota Four year graduation plan• University at Buffalo Finish in Four
  • 8. Next Steps• Stakeholders agreement and/or input: Colleges/schools/departments, ALT, faculty senate• Departments • Agree to participate • Departments reviews degree maps, course offerings, advising plan for completion in four years • Students admitted to degree programs as they begin their education at PSU• Establish project steering group

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