Kimberly McKayEDLD 5398 SP3 12 ET8028South Texas College’s graduation headcount increased by 53% this year; however, theneedle on our graduation rate, as defined by IPEDS, moved very little. This has been a uniquechallenge as per the IPEDS standard, only first-time, full-time, degree seeking students can impactthe graduation rate cohort. First-time, full-time students are rare at most community colleges. Thedata tells us that the graduation rate will increase by 1% for every 19 IPEDS cohort eligiblestudents who graduate; therefore, our focus should be on students who can move the IPEDSneedle. Furthermore, we need to retool the message to emphasize the importance of degreecompletion before students reach 150% of their degree plan. How do we help students, faculty andstaff “begin with the end in mind?”This action research plan was developed to be used as the implementation plan for theaction research project and the Cohort Success Initiative. It demonstrates shared commitment andincludes the goal statement, action steps, timeline, resources and evaluation components. It issimilar to the Institutional Effective (IE) profile South Texas College uses to implement, evaluate,revise and institutionalize every new initiative. In addition, it includes the human andorganizational resources required to reach the desired outcome. The plan will be used to drivetaskforce meetings and provide formative as well as summative assessment for the initiative. The plan is fluid and can be modified should the formative assessments reveal new opportunities and/or challenges. The institutional goal is to double the graduation rate of the cohort students byimplementing immediate and long term solutions for maintaining high completion rates for thecohorts over time.
Action Planning Template
Create, develop and design strategies for the timely completion of degrees and/or certificates by the IPEDS graduation cohort.The institutional goal is to double the graduation rate of the cohort students by implementing immediate and long term solutions for maintaininghigh completion rates for the cohorts over time.
Action Steps(s): Person(s) Responsible: Timeline: Start/End Needed Resources Evaluation
Policy and PracticeReview
Review departmentalpolicies and studentDivision Leaders andDeansCurriculum OfficerSpring 2011 –Summer 2011Board PoliciesCourse Catalogs foreach CohortStudent satisfactionIncrease in graduationapplications and rate