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. Most “full-time” college students are not taking the credits needed to graduate on time, instead opting for course loads that put them on 3- and 4-year plans for their associate degree and 5- and 6-year plans for their bachelor’s. The result—thousands of dollars more in student loan debt and an increased likelihood that students won’t make it to graduation day. This presentation, given by Joanne Itano on April 29, 2014 in a national webinar hosted by CCA, highlighted the work being done here in Hawaiʻi, where “15 to Finish” originated.
Hawai‘i’s educational leaders have set a goal of having 55% of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year degree by the year 2025. The “55 by 25″ goal was set by the Hawai‘i P-20 Council, the advisory council for Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, a statewide partnership led by the Executive Offive on Early Learning, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education and the University of Hawai‘i System.
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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is a “14-member public body created in 1971 to define the missions of Indiana’s colleges and universityes, plan and coordinate the states’s postsecondary education system, and ensure that Indiana’s higher education system, and ensure that Indiana’s higher education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state.”
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Complete College America sponsored a “15 to Finish Institute” in which 22 member states heard details of the highly successful UH campaign and were provided with material to start their own “15 to Finish” campaigns. More from UH News…
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This handout describes how HGI is working toward the goal of increasing the number of Hawai‘i residents with a postsecondary degree.
HGI campus and system teams were asked to identify large scale/high impact strategies, develop tactics necessary to implement the strategies, and prioritize next steps. For details on how campus and system teams are currently moving forward on implementing their plans, follow the links below.
This handout describes the use of data and a communication strategy to shift a long-standing norm of students taking 12, rather than 15, credits per semester.
UH campus and system teams gathered at the State Capitol for a two-day planning session in October 2012 that focused on improving student success. Facilitators and national content experts were brought in by Complete College America to assist in the discussions.
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HGIs Summit II was the second gathering held by UH. In September 2010, Summit I E Kamakani Hou brought together community leaders and members of UH to discuss how higher education could improve Hawaiʻis ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.
Keynote speaker Executive Vice President Johnsrud provides the context for the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative—the critical need for more educated citizens to ensure Hawai‘i’s future as a vital, globally competitive state.