Moraine Valley Community College || College Completion Agenda: Agree to Degree

College Completion Agenda:
Agree to Degree

Graduation and Completion Rate Project Team

As part of Moraine Valley Community College’s goal to increase college graduation and completion rates, and as part of our continuous improvement strategic priority, the college established the Graduation and Completion Rate Project Team.

Background

The latest U.S. national data indicates that only 22 percent of first-time, full-time community college students graduate in three years. For Moraine Valley, this percentage is about 18 percent. In the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama issued a challenge to the nation’s colleges to graduate more students with degrees, certificates, and workforce credentials. Moraine Valley’s response to this challenge will be addressed by the Graduation and Completion Rates project team.

Purpose of the Team

To develop a comprehensive plan to increase the number of Moraine Valley students who receive associate’s degrees and/or complete certificate programs.

Goals

  1. Gather information regarding completion rate initiatives of other postsecondary institutions and identify initiatives that the college could pursue individually or in partnership with other institutions.
  2. Review the college’s systems and programs that track students’ progress toward degree or certificate completion and implement changes to help students achieve their educational goals.
  3. Identify the possible barriers for target segments of students and implement strategies for addressing the barriers.
  4. Launch a plan than identifies strategies and tactics for specific short-term and long-term outcomes.

Membership

The membership would be from across-campus and include staff representing Academic Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and Student Development.

The College Completion Agenda

Moraine Valley’s College Completion Agenda involves a myriad of programs and services centering around:

  1. Accessibility
  2. Affordability
  3. College Readiness
  4. Completion

The college has many programs, resources, services to address accessibility, affordability, college readiness, and completion to assist students to become successful completers. Equally as important, higher education performance funding is now tied to college completion.

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Why Degree Completion is Important

  1. Student will hold a recognized higher education degree or certificate
  2. Students will be prepared! According to Rosenberg McKay, people change jobs up to 10 times in their working lives—and when you have a college degree you have an edge.
  3. Future labor market will require even more college graduates, economists predict.
  4. Completion shows future employers or college admissions officials that students are serious about their marketability, education and future.
  5. Parents can personally role model for their children the value of higher education and degree completion.
  6. Many successful people credit their associate’s degree as the foundation of their career achievement and the turning point in their lives.
  7. According to a report for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, college graduates will be more likely to promote environmental sustainability, be more likely to volunteer, vote, contribute to charity, serve on boards and run for office.
  8. Graduates, according to the Gates Foundation, help the national workforce be competitive and productive in the global economy.