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.
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.
This handout updates the Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative including new and on-going strategies.
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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UH’s 15 to Finish campaign has gained national attention. Most recently, it was a featured presentation at the Complete College America meeting in December 2012, with 33 states in attendance. Executive Vice President Johnsrud provided a summary of how UH’s 15 to Finish was born along with initial results of the strategy to reduce students’ time to degree.
More incoming freshmen at UH campuses registered for 15 or more credits for the Fall 2012 semester than first-time freshmen who registered between Fall 2009 through Fall 2011. Overall, the share of classified undergraduates across the UH System who registered for 15 or more credits also increased. Data tables (.pdf).
Students who took 15 or more credit hours performed better than those who took less than 15 credits across nearly all levels of academic preparation according to an analysis of first-time students attending UHs two- and four-year campuses from fall 2009 to fall 2011.