From the Annual Report: Complete College America

“UW-Parkside takes its mission to serve our community very seriously, and we do that by engaging. One of our deepest and most important relationships is with the team at Higher Expectations, which plugs us into a network of people that are working within our community from cradle to career.”
- Dr. Robert Ducoffe, Provost, UW-Parkside

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Complete College America (CCA) is a national organization working with post-secondary Institutions to increase completion rates. This year, the Higher Expectations Post-Secondary Education & Training Network (through Lumina Foundation funding) brought representatives from UW-Parkside and Gateway Technical College to visit institutions across the country that are successfully implementing completion strategies. The Network used these visits to learn about CCA’s “Game Changers” (evidence based strategies that lead to increased retention and completion rates). UW-Parkside and Gateway Technical College are now working to integrate these strategies:

  • Math Pathways - restructuring math pathways to ensure credit completion
  • 15 to Finish - incentivizing students to complete 15 credits each semester
  • Guided Pathways - intentionally guiding students into degree programs rather than individual courses
  • Structured Schedules - improving scheduling to ensure conflict-free full time schedules
  • Co-Requisite Remediation - adjusting remedial courses to integrate student supports

Higher Expectations is working with state leaders to ensure that Wisconsin is an active member of the CCA Alliance of States. Wisconsin’s CCA team, led by UW-Parkside Provost Dr. Robert Ducoffe, has developed a robust working partnership with CCA, giving university systems throughout the state the opportunity to access CCA’s technical assistance.

Read more about our work in our 2017 Annual Report: Inspiring Action, Making an Impact