At CCGA, the retention, progression, and graduation strategies are heavily influenced by the great work and directive from Complete College America and Complete College Georgia.
Established in 2009, Complete College America is a national nonprofit with a single mission: to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. (Source: http://completecollege.org)
With an established trajectory of support and innovation, Complete College America provides the institution with a set of Game Changers. These strategies, forged from the different initiatives that promote college completion throughout the nation, are an integral part of the focus, and strategic vision of our institution. In particular we are closely aligned with the following game changers (Source: http://completecollege.org/the-game-changers/)
Math Pathways End the practice of using College Algebra as the default gateway math course for new entering students. Provide rigorous Math Pathways that align with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in students’ chosen programs of study. Ensure that students complete the gateway math in the first year, increasing their likelihood of completion.
Corequisite Remediation Default many more unprepared students into college-level gateway courses with mandatory, just-in-time instructional support. Combine reading and writing instruction. Align mathematics to programs of study, matching the curriculum to real-world career needs. For many more unprepared students, provide remedial help parallel to highly structured coursework.
15 to Finish Incentivize students to attend full-time and ensure that full-time means 15 credits per semester. Use banded tuition so 15 credits per semester cost students no more than 12 credits. Cap degree credit requirements (120 for bachelor’s and 60 for associate) to ensure degrees can be completed on time. Ensure college credits can be transferred.
Structured Schedules Help working students balance jobs and school by using structured scheduling of classes to add predictability to their busy lives — doing so enables many more students to attend college full-time, shortening their time to completion.