Promising Practices in Adult College Completion
WICHE has just released a new publication called "Going the Distance in Adult College Completion: Lessons from the Non-traditional No More Project." The publication details promising practices at the state and institutional level to eliminate barriers that prevent adults from returning and completing their degrees.
The report draws on case studies from six states—Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and South Dakota—that worked as part of a Lumina-funded effort to identify adults with significant college credit who are no longer enrolled in postsecondary education and provide them a clear degree pathway.
State and institutional leaders in these six states jointly developed innovative solutions and promising practices, including:
- Providing reentry "concierges" to guide returning students through the readmission process.
- Developing current contact information for former students to provide them individualized invitations to return.
- Mining state data systems to analyze the population of former students close to degrees and eliminate persistent myths about their academic qualifications.
- Offering flexibility so that returning adults do not have to pay a large lump sum tuition payment at the outset of the semester.
For more information about WICHE's Non-traditional No More project, visit www.wiche.edu/ntnm.