At the College of Coastal Georgia, the retention, progression, and graduation strategies are heavily influenced by the great work and directive from Complete College America and Complete College Georgia.

Complete College Georgia

In August 2011, Governor Nathan Deal announced the launch of Complete College Georgia, a statewide effort to increase attainment of a high quality certificate or degree. Since that announcement, the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia have partnered and collaborated on the strategizing, planning, and implementing efforts that drive the primary goal of Complete College Georgia to improve student access to and graduation from institutions of higher education. (Source:

With a strong directive to align institutional efforts associated with the improvement access and graduation, Complete College Georgia provides a robust and strategic framework to assist institutions meet the needs of the region and the state. Committed to support the state efforts, Coastal Georgia is using this framework to organize the great variety of institutional strategies aimed to increase retention, progression and graduation rates. In particular, for each institutional strategy, Coastal Georgia strategically identifies the crosswalk between the its Coastal Vision 2021 Campus plan and the goals of Complete College Georgia:

  • Goal 1: Increase in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded by USG institutions.
  • Goal 2: Increase the number of degrees that are earned “on time” (associate degrees in 2 years, bachelor’s degrees in 4 years).
  • Goal 3: Decrease excess credits earned on the path to getting a degree
  • Goal 4: Provide intrusive advising to keep students on track to graduate.
  • Goal 5: Award degrees to students who may have already met requirements for associate degrees via courses taken at one or more institutions.
  • Goal 6: Shorten time to degree completion through programs that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school and by awarding credit for prior learning that is verified by appropriate assessment.
  • Goal 7: Increase the likelihood of degree completion by transforming the way that remediation is accomplished.
  • Goal 8: Restructure instructional delivery to support educational excellence and student success.
  • Goal 9: Increase Access for underserved and/or priority communities.

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