EDU A718M

More than 40 percent of students who start college in the United States drop out before earning a degree. This is an enormous waste of time, talent, and money with many of these students ending up worse off for having tried college, unable to pay back their student debt and no credential to help them get a better job. This course explores how colleges and universities can redesign their policies and practices to help more students earn a postsecondary credential and reduce completion inequities associated with family income level, race and ethnicity, and gender. After gaining a deep understanding of the evidence and data around student completion and where the pathways break down, we will focus on institutional strategies which provide comprehensive structure and support for students, utilize student-level data to measure and improve student progression, and engage all campus constituencies in making completion a top priority without compromising commitments to access and quality.  Students will learn about the factors that help create large-scale change within a variety of postsecondary institutions. This course fulfills the elective requirement of the Equity & Opportunity Foundations experience. These electives build students’ historical and contemporary understanding, structural understanding, personal responsibility, and strategies for action.