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GSU’s Dual Degree Program: Both/And n ot Either/Or. Illinois Board of Higher Education. April 2, 2013. Dual Degree Program. “…island of excellence….” Dr. Martha Kanter , Under Secretary of Education. Addressing the goals of the Illinois Public Agenda a nd Complete College America.

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GSU’s Dual Degree Program:

Both/And

not

Either/Or

Illinois Board of Higher Education

April 2, 2013

Dual Degree Program

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“…island of excellence….”

Dr. Martha Kanter,

Under Secretary of Education

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Addressing the goals of the

Illinois Public Agenda

and

Complete College America

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Governors State University and

ten community college partners

share a commitment:

Increase the number of students who

complete their associate degrees

and transfer to complete their bachelor’s degrees in high

quality, coherent programs

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Research supports each of

the unique components

of the Dual Degree Program

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“Time is the Enemy”

Part-time students rarely

graduate --- even when they

have twice as much time.

Complete College America, 2011

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DDP students

must complete their

associate degree prior to

transfer to university

Dual Degree Program:

Not dual credit or dual enrollment

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DDP students must participate in structured,

intentional, inter-institutional

advising and mentoring

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DDP students receive

  • academic and financial
  • incentives and support
    • Guaranteed Admission to GSU
    • Locked-in Tuition Rate (for four years)
    • GSU Promise Scholarships
    • DDP Honors Scholarships
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$875,000 Grant

Transfer Specialists

Peer Mentors

Certificate of Advanced Study

in Transfer Student Services

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So where are we now?

There are 70 students who have earned their

associate degrees and are enrolled in the

first DDP cohort at GSU

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There are 340 students currently enrolled

in the DDP and working toward

their associate degrees at our

partner community colleges

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25 students were awarded the first

GSU Promise and DDP Honors Scholarships

- Majority are low income (52% are Pell-eligible and

44% have an Expected Family Contribution [EFC] of 0)

- Recipients are very diverse: 44% are African American

and 8% are Hispanic

- 63% of the students were in

Phi Theta Kappa and/or

the Honors Program at their

respective community

colleges

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GSU may be the first university

in the nation to recruit students

for a community college pathway

in our own Freshman

Viewbook, cheerfully

competing with

ourselves in the

interest of students