Colleges are experimenting with a variety of strategies to improve student success.
Some institutions are focusing their campaigns on students who left school with only a few credits graduation, called near-completers, while others are prioritizing current students who may not be taking enough credits to graduate within a reasonable timeframe.
A similar completion initiative is underway at the University of North Georgia (UNG), Edie Rogers reports for the school's newsroom. The state started an initiative called Complete College Georgia to promote college education among Georgia residents. The ongoing effort is meant to ensure the state can meet its workforce needs, Rogers reports.
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UNG launched its own college completion effort through Complete College Georgia in the form of a website for high school juniors called the Right Way to Go and Graduate. The guide has an accompanying video and emphasizes five points:
- Taking at least 15 credits a semester will help students save money and graduate in a timely manner;
- Visiting career counselors in the institution's Career Center starting in freshman year can put students on track to a job after graduation;
- Spending time with an academic advisor within the first month of students' time on campus will allow them to plan out their college career;
- Understanding financial aid, especially FAFSA, will help students avoid excessive debt and allow them to remain in each class for which they register; and
- Getting involved in social activities on campus, such as student organizations, will keep students engaged and help them complete their degree.
According to Kristie Kiser, a student success coordinator at UNG, the institution offers support outside of the website guide as well. Students can still ask advisors questions and get help with any academic issues they may be facing.
One student says UNG's student success services motivated her to re-enroll in college to complete her degree. She is currently working as a custodian at the school while taking classes (Rogers, UNG release, 9/25).
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