Kathleen Cleary | Managing Project Director, Completion by DesignNovember 9, 2016 | 0
In August 2012, Sinclair Community College began implementing its Completion by Design plan.
The goal was to increase the number of credentials to students by 50% in five years. Looking at the entire pathway, from the moment students think about college until they graduate and either begin working or transfer to a university, Sinclair has redesigned its efforts in connection, entry, progress and completion phases.
Sinclair Community College shares its journey...Adult...
Exploring Key Guided Pathways Questions with the Practitioners on the Front Lines of Guided Pathways ReformRob Johnstone | NCII Founder and PresidentOctober 20, 2016 | 5
Last time, we embarked on a new journey through 10 additional questions about guided pathways that I’ve collected to support the first 10 questions we explored in Guided Pathways Demystified . I promised we’d address #4 - #6 of the new set this time, but I’m going to take executive privilege to share a fascinating related event that I just experienced last week at...
Mary Wells | Associate Professor, Psychology Department Sinclair Community CollegeOctober 5, 2016 | 0
As the Completion by Design colleges consider how to improve teaching and learning on our campuses, there is a rich body of literature on the profession and science of teaching to draw upon. And we all agree that pedagogy is important, but a growing body of evidence indicates that the relationship between the teacher and the learner is also an important variable to consider.
For example, the...
Michael Collins | Associate Vice President, Postsecondary State Policy - Jobs For The FutureSeptember 7, 2016 | 2
The completion agenda has been effective in shifting the national conversation on postsecondary attainment from access to completion, as reflected in the measurable completion goals set to be achieved by Lumina Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Obama Administration, and numerous states. This is tremendous progress, but for low income Americans who seek postsecondary credentials to secure employment and advance in our economy, it is not enough to simply complete....
Rob Johnstone | NCII Founder and PresidentAugust 19, 2016 | 4
Greetings, fellow guided pathways travelers –
I’m back in my office at 38,000 feet, this time headed to Davidson County CC in North Carolina and Tallahassee CC in Florida for keynotes/workshops this week. It’s a busy month – as we’ve discussed in previous posts, the interest in guided pathways has never been higher, and as proof I’m doing 14 keynotes / workshops this month in...
Implementation: Practical Lessons
An instructional program for adults that includes courses designed to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic.
An award earned for satisfactory completion of at least 2, but usually less than 4 years of full-time equivalent college work. CBD colleges report completions of Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, and analysis can be conducted separately.
Students who attempt at least 9 college-level semester credits (usually equivalent to 3 courses) in a given program area in a given time period, whether or not they successfully complete them.
An award earned for satisfactory completion of 4 years of full-time equivalent college-level work. In some cases, students may complete their 4 years of college-level work in 3 years.
A formal award certifying the satisfactory completion of a postsecondary education program. CBD collects completions of less-than-1-year, and 1- to 2-year certificates, and analysis can be conducted separately.
A cohort is a group of people studied during a period of time. The individuals in the group have at least one statistical factor—such as when they started college—in common. Tracking a cohort makes it possible to compare progress and outcomes of different groups of students (i.e., groups defined by race, age or other demographic characteristics) and to determine if there are gaps in achievement among groups of interest. CBD cohorts include students who attempted at least one course during their first term in the following areas:
- College (certificate or degree) credit
- College remedial or developmental
- Adult basic skills (ESL, ABE, or ASE/GED)
- Non-credit vocational (includes courses that could potentially lead to an occupational certificate or certification, but does not include personal interest courses)
A five year initiative designed to help low-income young adults progress through community college more quickly and with a greater chance of success. The initiative’s goal is to substantially increase the completion and graduation rates for large number of students while holding down college costs and maintaining the quality of programs and services.
The integrated set of policies, practices, programs, and processes intentionally designed to maximize student completion across the loss-momentum framework.
Students who successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) at least 9 college-level semester credits (usually equivalent to 3 courses) in a program area, in a given time period.
A program that allows students to enroll in college courses while still enrolled in high school.
The first or lowest-level college-level course students take in a subject such as mathematics, reading, or writing. (See Gateway courses.)
A student who enrolls for the first time in college during the academic year with no previous college level experience or credential.
CBD considers a student enrolled full-time if he or she attempts 12 or more semester or quarter credits in a given term.
The first or lowest-level college-level course students take in a subject such as mathematics, reading, or writing. (See Entry-level courses.)
A set of metrics designed to measure students’ progress at each point of the institutions’ connection with the student—connection, entry, progress, and completion. KPIs are used to monitor institutional performance and the effects of improvement strategies to track student progression through academic milestones.
Points in a student’s academics where he/she losses academic momentum, or falls off his/her educational pathway.
The guiding framework for Completion by Design, which is comprised of four stages that capture the student experience: 1) Connection (interest to application), 2) Entry (enrollment to completion of gateway courses), 3) Progress (steady progress toward completing program requirements), and 4) Completion (completion of program of value for further education and employment).
Measurable educational achievements that include both conventional terminal completions, such as earning a credential or transferring to a baccalaureate program, and intermediate outcomes, such as completing developmental education or adult basic skills requirements.
Measurable educational attainments, such as completing a college-level math course, that are empirically correlated with the completion of a milestone.
Students who did not attempt at least 9 college-level credits (usually the equivalent of three courses) in any program area in a given period of time.
Students who attempt to enter a concentration but do not successfully pass at least 9 semester credits (usually the equivalent of three courses) in a given time period.
A program of study consisting of one or more courses, designed to prepare students for employment in a specific field.
CBD considers a student enrolled part-time if he or she attempts less than 12 semester or quarter credits in a given term.
A tool that uses college data to pinpoint the dynamics of student loss and momentum from connection through completion.
A set of courses and related activities that lead to an attainment of educational objectives such as a certificate or an associate’s degree, sometimes referred to as “major” or “program code”.
A set of metrics designed to measure highest educational outcomes achieved over a specific period of time. Usually computed for cohorts of students, especially those with no prior college experience for comparative purposes.
The route a student takes to connect with, enter, progress through, and complete his/her program of study.
A student who stops studying at the home institution and enrolls at another institution.