John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

17 More Institutions Choose JNGI’S Gateways to Completion® Process to Improve Teaching, Learning and Success in High-Failure Rate Courses

February 19, 2016adminInsights, Institute News0

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI), a national non-profit leader in helping colleges and universities increase student learning and success, is pleased to announce 17 higher education institutions have joined the 2015-2016 JNGI Gateways to Completion (G2C) cohort.

JNGI’s G2C provides institutions with a process, guidance and analytics tools to support faculty in their efforts to redesign teaching, learning and success in lower division and/or developmental level courses that historically have high-failure rates.

The following institutions join the 13 institutions in the G2C Founding Cohort, and over 300 other colleges and universities that have worked with JNGI to build and implement comprehensive strategic action plans to yield a new vision for enhanced student learning and success.

  • College of Micronesia
  • East Georgia State College
  • Georgia Highlands College
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Gordon State College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • Montana State University Billings
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
  • Qatar University
  • South Georgia State College
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of West Georgia
  • Valdosta State University
  • Western Michigan University

Because success in foundation level courses, such as accounting, math, chemistry, biology, history, psychology and writing / English is a direct predictor of retention, JNGI designed G2C to help institutions and their faculty create and implement evidence-based plans for improving teaching, learning and success in historically high-failure rate courses.

“This G2C process directly and intentionally involves faculty,” said Drew Koch, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Leadership & Innovation Officer, John N. Gardner Institute. “Far too often, student success efforts have left out or even bypassed faculty. Not surprisingly, these efforts frequently have not yielded their anticipated levels of success. Gateways to Completion addresses this issue, and it provides faculty with the structure and tools to maximize their time on task.”

“In addition,” added Koch, “G2C is an effort that helps address issues of social inequity, since data shows that historically underrepresented and underserved students fail gateway courses at alarmingly high rates. Therefore, by helping faculty analyze data and adopt engaging pedagogies and support practices, G2C is helping to advance the completion agenda, the quality agenda, and the equity imperative.”

“We are very pleased to welcome seventeen more institutions to the G2C movement,” said John N. Gardner, President, John N. Gardner Institute. “Since fall of 2013, institutions that have been working with G2C have seen significant increases in retention rates, academic performance as measured by grades, and higher levels of students in good academic standing for students who are in the G2C redesigned courses Through the Gateways to Completion process, faculty and staff at these institutions are clearly showing that they are committed to improved teaching and learning with the byproduct being better student outcomes.”

JNGI is currently accepting applications from colleges and/or universities interested in joining the next JNGI cohorts. For more information, visit

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