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Bachelors Completion Strategies: Practices and Partnerships for Student Success. Why are we here today? Breaking down the barriers that prevent people from getting an education has been the foundation of Lasallian education since the 1700s. Introductions.

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Bachelors Completion Strategies:

Practices and Partnerships

for Student Success

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Why are we here today?

Breaking down the barriers that

prevent people from getting an

education has been the foundation of Lasallian education since the 1700s.

  • Introductions
who were the students in the 1700s

So who are today’s bachelors

completion students?

What barriers do they face to

completing a bachelors degree?

Who were the students in the 1700s?

“This social situation is not good:”

  • Established schools for the poor
  • Taught courses in French
  • Provided education that was
  • practical
  • Provided education on social skills
  • that helped students integrate into
  • society
  • 18th and 19th Century France:
    • Only the wealthy received education
    • Courses were taught in Latin (not

practical)

    • The majority working and non-

working poor remained uneducated

Here’s what the research states…

barriers to completion
Barriers to Completion
  • Time demands
    • Limited time for school
    • Length of time in school
  • Life Roles
  • Worker, Spouse/Partner, Parent, Caregiver, Community Member
  • Financial Barriers
  • Lack of degree planning
identifying the adult learner non traditional student
Identifying the Adult Learner & Non-Traditional Student
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • Delays enrollment after high school
  • Attends part-time
  • Works full-time while enrolled
  • Is financially independent
  • Has dependents other than a spouse
  • Is a single parent
  • Does not have a high school diploma
  • National Student Clearinghouse
      • Anyone 25+ years of age
identifying the adult learner non traditional student1
Identifying the Adult Learner & Non-Traditional Student

73% Non-Traditional (NCES)

38% 25+ years of age (NSC)

2010 – 2020 (NCES)

11% increase in enrollment under 25

20% increase in enrollment 25+

The “New” Majority

most important
Most Important

Academic Reputation

Evening/Weekend Courses

Cost

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Location

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So who is Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and what strategies have we been implementing to help students complete bachelor’s degrees?

overview of the smu bachelors completion model
Overview of the SMU Bachelors Completion Model
  • Transfer of Credit Policy
  • Partnerships with community & technical colleges
  • Location, location, location
  • Credit for Prior Learning
  • Program Directors as Academic Advisors
  • Popular Degrees
bachelor of science programs
Bachelor of Science Programs
  • SMU programs are:
    • Evening accelerated courses for non-
    • residential students and working adults
    • For individuals who have completed some college but have not finished a bachelor’s degree
    • All SMU students in the Twin Cites area are
    • transfer students
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Police Science
  • Sales and Marketing
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Overview of the SMU Bachelors Completion Model
  • Transfer Credit Policy:
      • “C-” or better from regionally accredited institutions
      • No limitations on specific subjects
        • Note: PhyEd courses are capped
      • Preliminary degree plans
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Overview of the SMU Bachelors Completion Model
  • Partnerships with Community & Technical Colleges:
  • Articulation Agreements
  • Leveling of course work – Saint Mary’s only offers 300 and 400 level courses
  • Office Locations
  • Tables and Events
  • 4-Year degrees offered on location.
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Overview of the SMU Bachelors Completion Model
  • Location, location, location!
      • Minneapolis
      • Apple Valley
      • Plymouth
      • Oakdale
      • Rochester
      • Other sites
winona campus
Winona Campus
  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has been a network of people dedicated to advancing our students in their individual pursuits of higher education
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Overview of the SMU Bachelors Completion Model
  • Credit for Prior Learning:
    • We have our own process
    • We honor prior learning assessments from other schools.
    • We’ll take CLEP & DANTES, too!
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Overview of the SMU Bachelors Completion Model
  • Program Directors as Academic Advisors
    • Individualized attention
    • Up-to-date programmatic information
    • Feedback loop between students and program directors regarding program quality
    • Career guidance and mentoring
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Overview of the SMU Bachelors Completion Model
  • Practical Degrees
      • Accounting
      • Allied Healthcare Management
      • Business Administration
      • Human Resource Management
      • Human Services
      • Information Technology
      • Marketing
      • Nursing
      • Police Science
      • Psychology
      • Sales & Marketing
admission
Admission
  • Remove Barriers to admission
  • Be responsive to inquiries
  • Realize students are consumers and they have choices
  • Understand motivation for obtaining a degree
additional services
Additional Services

Student Services

    • One-stop model from admissions to matriculation
    • Financial Aid – Bridge to Bachelor’s Scholarship
    • Writing and research support
    • Tutoring
    • Dedicated advisor throughout program
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Special Programs
when isn t this program model a good fit for some students
When isn’t this program model a good fit for some students?
  • “I’ve earned 20 credits and I want to transfer to Saint Mary’s University.”
  • “I want to major in social work.”
  • “I need all online courses.”