An estimated 35 million Americans have some college credit, but did not earn their degree. Four million completed at least two years of course work.
To help them cross the finish line, The University of Toledo has been selected to participate in Degrees When Due, a three-year national initiative led by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
UToledo is part of the second cohort of colleges and universities across the country participating in Degrees When Due.
“This is a great opportunity to accelerate our efforts to reach out to students who were on the path to success, but had to stop their studies short of a degree,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, UToledo interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We are eager to welcome them back and support them as they accomplish their goals and improve their lives.”
The nine-month program provides online tools and resources to help audit previously earned and transfer credits to determine each student’s best pathway to graduation.
In Ohio, an estimated 136,672 people are eligible to receive an associate’s degree with the college credit they’ve already earned.
“Our Degrees When Due institutional and state partners are building a strong pathway to degree attainment for all students, including by providing an on-ramp for those who have paused their studies or ‘stopped-out,’” said Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy. “The Institute for Higher Education Policy enthusiastically welcomes the selected institutions and states to this effort. Through this initiative, they will increase student success, serve a diverse set of student populations, and join us in addressing one of higher education’s most pressing challenges: degree completion.”