Pathways Success Stories

Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio began its completion work in 2000. Every department on campus is focused on student completion. Less than a third of students who enrolled in 1999 earned degrees or certificates, transferred or were still enrolled in 2003. That number rose to 56% for the students tracked between 2009 and 2013 – a 75% increase.

Since starting degree maps, Florida State University has cut the number of students graduating with excess credits in half. In 10 years, FSU’s graduation rate for all students has increased 12%, to 74%. More significantly, the graduation rate for African Americans has increased to 77%, for first-generation Pell students to 72%, and for Hispanic students to more than 70%.

Tennessee Technology Centers: More than 75% of students graduate on time, with job placement rates higher than 80%. Utilizing highly-structured block scheduled programs, students have consistently graduated at a rate three times or higher than the rate of their peers – even though their student population is slightly poorer and older. The certificate programs are very valuable with a job placement rate of 80%.

Miami-Dades Guided Pathways results are promising. Half of the students who attended a boot camp placed at least one level higher in developmental education. More than twice as many academic plans were completed than in the prior year (about 70 percent of the 9,000 new students met with an advisor and completed an academic plan during the fall 2012 launch of the new system). Retention for students who met with an advisor and developed a plan was 8 percentage points higher than retention for incoming students who did not meet with an advisor.

At Arizona State University first-time, full-time freshmen retention rates have climbed to 84%. 91% of all students are deemed to be “on track” in their programs, up from just 22% three years before.

Georgia State Universitys graduation rate increased from 32% in 2003 to 54% in 2014. Degree maps and intrusive advising have boosted graduation rates by more than 20 percentage points in the last 10 years. Pell students (52.5%), African American (57.4%), and Hispanic students (66.4%) now graduate at higher rates than the overall student body.

The CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative has produced a graduation rate three times higher than the national average for urban community colleges. 55% of its fall 2007 cohort earned associate degrees in three years. ASAP students are grouped in cohorts based on a limited set of majors and attend courses during consolidated morning, afternoon, or evening schedules to enable them to better balance school, jobs, and family responsibilities.

Austin Community College (ACC), one of the first institutions to deploy Degree Map — a component of the personalized pathway solution — generated a 11.1 percentage point increase in persistence which resulted in approximately $1.2M in retained revenue for ACC in just one term. The improvement was even greater for their most at-risk populations (18.5%pp). Within 60 days of making it available to its advising personnel, more than 90 percent of ACC’s advisors had used Degree Map and students submitted more than 15,000 degree plans. The institution credits the resulting improvement in student pathway progress with the success of over 1,300 additional students who persisted to the next semester and are now on track to graduate, based on analysis of more than 10,000 student journeys.

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