Degrees When Due: Equitable Strategies for Stopped-Out Student Reengagement and Completion

OCTOBER 27, 2021 | 10:30-11:00

Presented By:

Leanne Davis, Jennifer Pocai, Dr. Robyn Walter, Dr. Ayanna Shivers

Session Description:

There are more than 36 million Americans 25 years and older who have earned some college credit, but no degree – “some college, no degree”. Ten percent, or 3.6 million, of this population are “potential completers” who completed at least two years’ worth of academic progress before stopping out. In Missouri, over 75,000 adults have been identified as potential completers.

Research demonstrates that first-generation, low-income, part-time, adult students, and students of color have lower completion rates than their counterparts. Therefore, breaking down barriers to stopped-out student reengagement is not just a matter of completion, but a matter of equity.

Before students can successfully be brought back, college and universities must identify and address institutional barriers that caused them to stop-out in the first place. The Institute for Higher Education’s national completion and equity initiative, Degrees When Due (DWD), provides institutions with a framework to successfully reengage students, remove barriers to reenrollment and completion, and sustain their degree reclamation efforts. Effective strategies for adult student reengagement will be shared by Missouri DWD participating institutions East Central College and Lincoln University, including examples of identifying, locating, communicating with, and reenrolling students.

Participants will leave the session with effective strategies for implementing or enhancing student reengagement efforts, and an understanding of common barriers to reengagement, as well as potential solutions.

Video & Transcript:

Leanne Davis

Associate Director of Research and Policy

Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

Jennifer Pocai

Research Analyst

Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

Dr. Robyn Walter

Vice President, Academic Affairs

East Central College

Dr. Ayanna Shivers

Director, Student Support Services

Lincoln University School of Education