Community Colleges: Increasing transfers, course completions and student graduations.
We understand that Community Colleges are continually challenge in meeting the demands of rising enrollments while managing eroding Budgets. Many successful Community Colleges have implemented strategies for Hybrid courses that have been shown to reduce course costs by 57%. Gilfus Education Group experts can assist your organization in developing a proactive strategy that reduces costs while improving service and capacity.
Onboarding and Degree Alignment
On-boarding of students through engaging processes that assist individuals in understanding how to participate and become involved in higher education. Often times this means engaging prospective students in thoughtful conversations. Facilitating the conversation and building awareness with students amongst the local community is critical for building education capacity. Often times its about the what? and the How? How do I begin the process of engaging with my local community college?
Financial Aid Matching and Optimization
Most potential students are unaware of the process of obtaining financial aid and applying it to an appropriate degree plan. Can I afford Community College? How do I go about obtaining financial aid? What are my choices? What kind of job might I be eligible for when I am finished? How much will my education cost and how much would I have to pay back? Can I find a job in my local community?
First Contact: Recruiting and Onboarding
Providing answers to critical questions and educating first time students is necessary for success. Building student relationships and qualifying student applicants is the beginning of an effective on-boarding process. A support structure is often needed to educate students on their first steps of becoming a college graduate. Current Community Colleges need to deploy “First Contact” programs that effectively educate and on-board students. the Gilfus Education Group can assist your organization in building a strategy for an effective “First Contact” program.
Defining a Success Path and Relationship for Students
Providing students with a personal education counselor and coach can facilitate improvements in study skills, work-life balance, and overall confidence in education success. A process should be deployed to facilitate regular touch points with students including frequent contact via phone, e-mail, instant message, or social networks throughout their time in the program. A personal education counselor program can help students meet weekly goals so they dot get behind or even overwhelmed. Scalable processes and systems are required to provide intimate relationship insights into student success and the personal touch required to support education success.
Deploying Online Curriculum and Technology
Building capacity requires quality and consistency in online programs including the deployment of eLearning technology and effective content and curriculum that supports, student retention, engagement and course completions. Online learning can provide students with the courses and curriculum required to focus on mastering the general-education material they’ll need to cope well at a four-year institution while fitting into their complex live. Supporting instructor-led methodologies every course can be built around weekly reading, group discussions, and homework assignments or students can learn at their own pace through self-consumed materials. Combing the right technology with the right curriculum and content can increase transfer rates to four year colleges. Building capacity requires quality and consistency in online programs and insturctional design including the deployment of eLearning technology and effective content and curriculum that supports, student retention, engagement and course completions.
Facilitating Extended Articulation Agreements
Expanding institutional relationships by facilitating course level articulation agreements provides students with greater options for transfer and the ability to complete a four year degree.