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5 Reasons to Streamline Vertical Transfer Pathways

Posted on 3/3/2016 by AcademyOne Insights in Higher Education Degree Completion Nontraditional Learners Transfer and Articulation Academic Credit Portability Adult Degree Completion Workforce Development Guided Pathways TransferCheck Virtual Transfer Advisor

Community colleges serve as an entry point to our nation’s postsecondary education for a growing number of students. They offer an affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree through transfer. While the majority of community college students originally intend to take this path, sadly many do not. They often experience significant barriers to transfer, with the most critical being the loss of credits. As the higher education landscape changes and four-year institutions face dynamic enrollment challenges, transfer students have become increasingly important. As efforts continue to be made by state policymakers to improve the process and degree outcomes for transfer students, community colleges and four-year universities need to improve collaboration in order to raise degree attainment levels.

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4 Reasons to Support Adult Degree Completion Pathways

Posted on 10/15/2015 by AcademyOne Insights in Higher Education Degree Completion Nontraditional Learners Transfer and Articulation Adult Degree Completion Workforce Development Prior Learning Assessment

Interest in degree completion by all Americans is at an all-time high as our nation looks to meet the demands of our workforce and to ensure our economic stability long-term. Adult degree completion, both for adults with some college credit and those who have never attended college, is an integral part of realizing these goals. Although once considered unconventional, adult students have been a growing population for colleges, especially with online programs and courses reducing barriers for them. At a time when government funding to colleges and universities has decreased dramatically, colleges and universities are provided with an opportunity to increase their enrollment and revenue by serving the needs of these adults through outreach and advising resources.

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5 Strategies for Advancing Degree Completion

Posted on 7/6/2015 by AcademyOne Insights in Degree Completion Transfer and Articulation Reverse Transfer Workforce Development Prior Learning Assessment Guided Pathways Dual Enrollment

As a nation, we’re facing an increasing demand for highly skilled workers. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020 65% of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education. To meet this growing demand there has been a push to improve America’s college completion rates. Recognizing that there are many different ways in which postsecondary learning can take place, we have highlighted five strategies that can create stronger incentives for students to earn their degrees, regardless of when and how their learning is acquired.

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