Missouri Completion Academy
The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Complete College America held a completion academy Sept. 10 – 11 in St. Louis.
Nine public colleges and universities worked with experts from Complete College America to set effective strategies to improve completion rates.
The intensive two-day session focused on data pertaining to institutions’ rates of remediation, gateway course success, retention, course completion, time to degree and other metrics to find the best leverage points to move completion rates.
Michael Baumgartner, vice-president for finance and special projects of Complete College America, described the "game changing" strategies the teams pursued in his opening presentation. Plans for implementing the strategies at the institution level are described below in individual "implementation plans." The Department of Higher Education and Complete College America plans follow-up phone meetings with the colleges and universities in November and next spring.
Institutions were selected to participate based on submitted self-assessments that demonstrated their commitment and ability to use data to devise effective strategies for improvement and measure their successes.
Institutions that participated in the Completion Academy are :
- East Central College
- Harris-Stowe State University
- Jefferson College
- Lincoln University
- Metropolitan Community College
- Moberly Area Community College
- Northwest Missouri State University
- Southeast Missouri State University
- St. Louis Community College