Creating a Stop-Out Program to Increase Completion

(Retired) | Last updated November 19, 2014

Creating a Stop-Out Program to Increase Completion

(Retired) | Last updated November 19, 2014


Many institutions report that retention and graduation rates for students are declining due to a “stop-out” phenomenon. Employment, family, and financial issues are just some of the complex logistical concerns contributing to students’ suspension of study.

Institutional stop-out programs offer the support, counseling, and procedural engagement that help these students return to school and complete their degrees. However, implementing a stop-out program carries challenges from gathering the right data to strategic outreach and creating campus-wide buy-in.

Learn about the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s 49er Finish Program, an effective stop-out project in action; start taking the steps to create a program on your campus.

Who should attend?

Professionals charged with improving graduation rates for students will benefit from this program. Registrars and adult enrollment, academic advising, and admissions professionals will learn practical tips for creating a stop-out program on their campuses.


  • Background on stop-out programs
    • History
    • Rationale (Outcomes, Mission)
    • National Trends
  • Case Examination: 49er Finish Program (UNC-C)
    • Environmental Audit/Relationship Building
    • Data Collection (IR segment?)
    • Marketing & Outreach
    • Student Concierge
    • Financial Incentives
    • Evaluating Effectiveness and Measuring Success
  • Q & A

Why is this event retired?

At AI we want to always ensure that the best and most current trainings are available to members, and we regularly review our trainings to ensure that is the case.