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Complete College Wyoming

Jackie Freeze, Chair

Western Wyoming Community College and

Patrice Noel, Vice Chair

University of Wyoming

The Issue:

• 18.2% of WY community college students complete an associate’s degree in 2 years.

• 30.4% of WY community college students complete an associate’s degree in 4 years.

• With these figures, collectively WY community colleges are ranked 10 th among the 50 states. (Chronicle of HE)

• UW has a 6 year graduation rate of 54%. Institutions of similar type (4 year, admissions selectivity, public, doctoral granting) have a graduation rate of 46.3-59.8%. (ACT, 2012)

By 2020, 65% of jobs in WY will require some form of post-secondary credential.

Complete College Wyoming

• In Fall of 2012, Governor Mead committed WY to Complete

College America (CCA) effort and appointed a core team of 8 members, including representatives from WY CCs, UW,

Trustees, WCCC, Commission staff, Dept of Ed, and Govenor’s


• CCA is a national program with over 30 alliance of states who have committed to the program. It is funded by the

Gates and Lumina Foundations.

• CCA is focused on helping institutions of higher education help their students be successful and graduate.

Game Changing Strategies

WY Goals:

1) Increase graduation rates at WYCCs and UW. WYCCs increase by 5% annually and UW increase by 2%.

2) Ensure degree seeking students completes gateway courses in English and Math within first 30 credit hours.

Game Changing Strategies

3) Create Guided Pathways to Success, including 2 year plans, 4 year plans and

2 plus 2 degree plans.

4) Identify progress and success metrics that are important to WY.

5) Create statewide buy-in for achieving completion goals.

Complete College Wyoming

• CCW Team has expanded 30 members, including administrators and faculty from each college and


• CCW Team meets via conference call every other week to work on strategies and in person 2x a year.

• As a result, relationships are strong and a spirit of cooperation has developed. Governor is interested in additional collaborations between secondary and post secondary institutions.

Developmental Education Strategies

• Addressing issue of appropriate placement in math and English (using COMPASS, ACT, placement exams, HS GPA, and Math grades)

• Implementing co-requisite model in both math and English.

• Offering accelerated and bridge programs.

• Providing augmented support systems for students requiring remediation.

• Addressing non-cognitive issues, such as motivation, confidence and responsibility.

Guided Pathways to Success (GPS)

• 2 Plus 2 Degree Plans for the 17 highest enrollment programs between the 7 WY CCs and UW will be completed by the end of this spring (17 x 7 = 119).

• Four Year Degree Plans for all 90 undergraduate programs at UW by March 1,


• Planning an Advising Summit in April 2015.

Guided Pathways to Success

Program Articulation Plans (AKA 2 Plus 2 Plans)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources:

• Animal & Veterinary Science

• Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences:

• Biology

• Communication

• Criminal Justice

• English

• Political Science

• Psychology

• Wildlife & Fisheries Biology Management

• Zoology

College of Business:

• Accounting

• Business Administration

College of Education:

• Elementary Education

College of Engineering:

• Civil Engineering

• Petroleum Engineering

College of Health Sciences:

• Kinesiology and Health Promotion

• Nursing

WY Transfer Advance

For students earning an AA or AS at one of the WY CCs,

WY Transfer Advance is an exciting new program that provides:

• Automatic Admission to UW

• Waiver of UW Application Fee

• Personalized and Ongoing Academic Advising

• Academic Transition Plans (2 plus 2 plans)

• Scholarship and Financial Aid Planning

• Extensive Transition Support

• Website: uwyo.edu/advance

WY Transfer Advance

Transfer Equivalency

Self-Service (Treq)

A software program that allows perspective transfer students to:

• Conduct an unofficial transfer evaluation

• Conduct an unofficial degree evaluation

• Explore multiple degree programs

Thank you!

Patrice Noel pnoel@uwyo.edu