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february 24, 2017 - State Regents, Complete College America Partner to Host 15 to Finish Summit

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, along with leaders from the Complete College America initiative, partnered to host a 15 to Finish Summit for college and university campuses Thursday at the Nigh Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

The summit, sponsored in part by the Schusterman Family Foundation, brought together higher education professionals from 26 public and private institutions representing academics, student affairs, financial aid and academic advising to discuss policies and practices that promote on-time degree completion. Strategies discussed include communication campaigns to redefine full-time status and outline the benefits of completing degrees on time, implementing banded tuition with a flat rate for students taking at least 15 credit hours per semester, and integrating other incentives to boost on-time completion.

“The State Regents and our state system institutions encourage Oklahoma students to reach the next level of academic success by helping them stay the course and complete their college degrees on time,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Our state’s degree and certificate completion efforts have led Complete College America to name Oklahoma as a national model for degree completion.”

CCA calls the 15 to Finish initiative, which aims to redefine ‘full-time’ college attendance as 15 hours per semester or 30 credit hours per year, a “game changer.” This approach is proven to help students stay on track, borrow less in student loans and enter the workforce faster than students who routinely take 12 credit hours per semester. For a student taking 12 hours each semester, a two-year associate degree would take two and one-half years to finish, and it would take five years to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Oklahoma’s CCA goal is to increase the number of degrees and certificates earned in the state by 67 percent by 2023 to meet our state’s workforce needs and keep Oklahoma competitive in a global economy. Oklahoma’s five-point plan to increase degree and certificate completion focuses on promoting college readiness, transforming remediation, strengthening pathways to certificates and degrees, expanding adult degree completion efforts and rewarding performance and completion.

Significant progress is being made toward these goals. In the first four years of the CCA initiative, the number of degrees and certificates earned in Oklahoma has increased by 8,462, surpassing the state benchmark of 6,800.

CCA is supported by five foundations at the national level: the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education.