Audit Registration Holds and Revise Policies
Complex registration processes create barriers and confuse students, often discouraging them from re-enrolling. By conducting an audit of all registration holds, and eliminating or revising those that are unnecessary, obsolete, or burdensome, we will enable students to continue to progress toward a degree.
Offer Retention Grants for In-Need Students
Many institutions lose students every year due to students' unexpected financial circumstances, often for shortfalls of no more than a few hundred dollars. As a result, it is in a school's best interest to offer retention grants to help students stay in school and on the path to graduation. It is important to develop plans and processes to award financial assistance to address small account balances for qualified students.
Assess and Align Math Requirements
Traditional math pathways contribute to attrition and student equity concerns. All programs of study should require mathematics skills most appropriate for success in the associated degree pathways. Mathematics aligned to programs will also be embedded in transferable degree maps shared with all participating two- and four-year institutions.
Offer College-Level Gateway Courses
For many underserved students, developmental education can be a barrier that slows down student progress and hinders persistence. Existing developmental education courses should be redesigned so that students deemed underprepared for college-level writing and/or math can enroll in college-level, gateway English and mathematics courses with mandatory corequisite academic support.
Create Undergraduate Degree Maps
Students who pass all their classes can still end up paying preventable "hidden costs" if they take more courses than expected. Academic maps establish clear pathways to timely completion of courses that count, reducing the time (and money) to graduate. Schools should develop maps for all undergraduate academic degrees with recommended course sequences for on-time completion.
Leverage Meta-Majors to Ease Student Pathways
Meta-majors group a much larger number of individual programs of study under a broader academic umbrella and offer students a more refined range of clear pathways to graduation and careers. Institutions should develop and implement credit-bearing first-year experience courses designed to provide students broad overviews of specific majors within the meta-major or programs of study.
Great Pathways for Transfer Students
Students who transfer are often unable to articulate all of their previously earned credits at their new institution. Transfer is an overlooked equity issue; students of color are more likely to begin their journey at a two-year institution. Transferring credits earned at these institutions is harder than it needs to be. Streamlining transfer pathways will make it easier for students and the credits they have earned, to transfer successfully between two-year and four-year institutions.