The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have shifted their focus from college access to college completion.
Under Gov. Nathan Deal (R), the two systems created a plan to ensure 60% of young adults in the state have a college degree, diploma, or certificate by 2025. Estimates show that by 2020, more than 60% of job openings in the state will require one of those qualifications.
To reach their goal, the TCSG schools need to increase the year-over-year graduation rate by 2.6% every year until 2025.
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To do that, the system adopted "Six Core Principles" to guide students to graduation—regardless of what preparation students had when they arrived:
1. Students choose an academic path when they enroll. Administrators analyze each student's profile to see what supports he or she will need to pass credit-bearing gateway classes.
2. College-level math and English courses aligned with students' studies will be the default placement—not remedial classes.
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3. Students receive both academic and nonacademic support when taking gateway courses. These supports include co-requisite courses, as well as other models proven to be successful.
4. If co-requisite placement is not appropriate for some students who need more support, they enroll in streamlined remediation courses that prepare students for their programs' gateway courses.
5. Instructors check that all students are engaged with gateway course content, particularly in math courses.
6. Administrators generate, share, and analyze academic and progress data to ensure students stay on track to earn a credential.
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