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LCCC Completion Agenda
The LCCC Completion Agenda is designed to focus our efforts on student success and completion, in addition to our ongoing efforts to improve student access to higher education. Many of our student completion efforts will be in partnership with national, grant-funded programs that are designed for student completion at community colleges.
The LCCC Completion Agenda is part of a national effort that includes LCCC faculty and staff, community members, partner institutions and educational partners across the country. We encourage all LCCC employees to become engaged with this process in order to assist all of our students with completion of their educational goals.
Completion by Design is a five-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative that works with community colleges to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income, at-risk students. The initiative provides needed structure to the community college experience. Students have been proven to have greater success with completion and graduation when they are regularly provided intrusive advising, early entry into a program of study, a career and academic plan, and are monitored throughout their academic journey. Selected community colleges in states across the country are simultaneously implementing proven and effective practices that support every student, from the day they step onto campus until the day they earn their degree or complete their credential.
LCCC is a member of the "Ohio Cadre" institutions that are working together on completion initiatives and programs. Our partner members are Sinclair Community College (Dayton and Courseview) and Stark State College.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) improving results at institutions, 2) influencing public policy, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public.
Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is the largest non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. With 160 community colleges and institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 16 state policy teams - working throughout 30 states and the District of Columbia - Achieving the Dream helps 3.5 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
Campus Compact has funded nine community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Washington to run Connect2Complete (C2C) pilot projects and funded the three related state Compact offices to support these pilots. These programs will engage more than 4,500 low-income students who are enrolled in developmental courses and who experience significant barriers to obtaining postsecondary credentials. Through peer-to-peer advocacy and community engagement opportunities, students will be supported in their goals of achieving academic success and persistence towards credential completion and will be more engaged with their peers, the community college, and the broader community.
Campus Compact seeks to build evidence of success through implementation of the C2C pilot projects, proving that colleges that utilize peer-to-peer advocacy in combination with community engagement learning activities, can positively impact retention and persistence, and produce more civically engaged students.
The Talent Dividend provides the perfect opportunity to reap significant economic benefit for Northeast Ohio by a targeted effort to increase the level of college attainment in the region. Talent Dividend's goal is to make Northeast Ohio the best talent pool in the nation. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education is pleased to lead this achievable and worthwhile effort.
In the spring of 2010, NOCHE organized a Steering Committee of regional leaders which determined that Northeast Ohio can increase its college attainment if it focuses on:
- improving college readiness,
- increasing retention to degree completion, and
- increasing degree attainment among adults with some college but no degree.
NOCHE and the Steering Committee developed an "Action Plan" to achieve the Talent Dividend, which was released in December 2010.
Complete College Ohio is a task force convened by the Ohio Board of Regents to address student completion in Ohio. The task force developed a report with 20 specific recommendations that identify policies, practices and programs for improving students' college readiness, reducing the time it takes for students to attain a certificate or degree and incentivizing progress and completion. The overarching recommendation, Recommendation 1, requires each college, university and adult career technical center in the University System of Ohio to develop an institution-specific Campus Completion Plan that is consistent with the institution's mission and strategic priorities.
Learn more at https://www.ohiohighered.org/completion.