15 to Finish

15 to Finish is a campaign that encourages students to take 15 credits per semester (or 30 credits per year) to graduate on-time (i.e., in most cases, two years for an associate degree or four years for a bachelor’s degree). Since its launch in 2012 as part of the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative, 15 to Finish campaigns have been implemented by seven states at scale and an additional 120 institutions nationwide. An additional seven states have committed to launching campaigns in 2017.

Visit the 15 to Finish web site.

UH-CCA Leadership Convening on Momentum and First Year Retention

workshop presenters

(Left to right) Donald Straney; Vanessa Keadle, CCA; Bruce Vandal, CCA; Loretta Griffy, Austin Peay; Tristan Denley, University of Georgia; David Lassner.

Campus teams from across the UH System attended an all-day workshop sponsored by Complete College America in September 2018 to learn about, discuss, and work on first year retention strategies. Content experts Tristan Denley and Loretta Griffy presented national best practices and lessons learned around taking 30 credits per year, refining academic maps, taking English and math in the first year, selecting a major in the first year. Academic mindset, a relatively new area, was touched on. UH data validated the key takeaway that all of these strategies work together to increase retention. The UH System’s HGI priorities for AY 2018-19 were also presented.

Presentations (.pdf):

Planning documents:
Pre-Conference Summary of First-Year Retention Activities
Momentum and First Year Planning Templates (Team Activity)
(to be added)

HGI Update 2017

HGI update 2017
This update handout is formatted as one of UH‘s Leave Behinds for the state legislature.
Screen text version.

HGI Pre-Conference Presentation at Complete College America 2017 Annual Convening

Hawaii Graduation Initiative presentation to Access to the American Dream Conference, Nov. 29, 2017

The University of Hawaiʻi, nationally recognized for its graduation initiatives, was one of six state entities that presented at the Complete College America (CCA) 2017 Annual Convening, the preeminent gathering of nationally-renowned architects of college completion efforts. More than 700 higher education leaders and advocates from around the country attended the three-day November conference in New Orleans, the organization’s largest convening to date. More at UH News.

University of Hawaiʻi: A State Team Approach

Title slide 15 to Finish presentation to CCA, July 13, 2017

Presentation to Complete College America, July 13, 2017 by Dr. Risa Dickson, VP for Academic Planning and Policy, and Teri Yamashige.

CCA Data Snapshot: 15 to Finish

CCA Data Snapshot report
New handout from Complete College America (CCA) with highlight on the University of Hawai‘i.

15 to Finish, A University of Hawaiʻi Success Story

Presentation to WASC ARC 2017 Conference, April 19, 2017 by David Mongold, IRAO Senior analyst and Joanne Itano, Associate VP for Academic Planning and Policy.

15 to Finish WASC presentation April 19, 2017

Launching 15 to Finish

VP Risa Dickson’s presentation to Complete College America annual meeting breakout session, Nov. 10, 2016.

title slide

Complete College America honors UH’s STAR and 15 to Finish programs

The University of Hawaiʻi was honored for two of its graduation initiatives that are national models. Before an audience of 600 higher education leaders and advocates from around the country, Complete College America (CCA) announced that UH is the inaugural recipient of two President’s Awards at the national nonprofit’s 2016 annual meeting in San Francisco, California.
UH receiving CCA award

Read the full story at UH News

HGI Update 2016

HGI Info sheet 2016
This handout updates the Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative including new and on-going strategies.

UH wins Inspired Delivery award at Access to Success

The University of Hawaiʻi’s 15 to Finish campaign was one of two winners in the U.S. Education Delivery Institute’s (EDI) Access to Success (A2S) event. As an Inspired Deliverologist Expert Award (IDEA) winner, UH was credited for system-wide goals that have:

  • awarded 11,278 degrees and certificates, the most in system history
  • exceeded goals for Native Hawaiian student degree attainment
  • almost doubled the goal for number of Pell grants disbursed
  • exceeded the goals for increasing the number of STEM degrees awarded

This is the last A2S meeting, as this five year initiatives comes to an end. Its goal was to reduce in half the gap between freshman and transfers underrepresented and low-income students in graduation rates compared to non-underrepresented minorities and low-income students. It was announced that UH four-year campuses were the only one to achieve this goal for bachelor’s degrees, and the two-year campuses exceeded the goal for low-income students.
UH winners at Access to Success