This article offers critical tips gleaned from two of the earliest and successful college stop-out re-enrollment programs - the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 49er ReAdmits and 49er Finishers, and Harper College's Completion Concierge. It is a must-read if you are thinking of starting your first stop-out program.
Looking to boost completion rates, more colleges are reaching out to students who left the institution or "stopped out" due to family, life, and career changes -- or due to financial hardship -- but who either qualify for a degree or other credential without realizing it, or are within a few courses of completion.
In 2010, we interviewed Demaree Michelau, WICHE's director of policy analysis, for her advice on the key barriers stop-outs face in returning to campus and how institutions can begin to address them.
In this new article, we review two highly successful programs -- one at a four-year institution and one at a two-year institution -- and we have asked those leading the programs to share tips and advice that may be replicable at other institutions.
Our two sample programs are the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 49er ReAdmits and 49er Finishers, and Harper College's Completion Concierge. The three tips to be gleaned:
- Consider a phased approach
- Audit your transition process
- Identify and train a concierge -- a single point of contact
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