John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Gardner Institute Announces Inaugural G2C Pilot Cohort

November 4, 2013

Twelve Colleges and Universities Partner with the John N. Gardner Institute to Transform Gateway Courses in Inaugural Gateways to Completion™ Cohort

Brevard, North Carolina – The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education today announced that 12 colleges and universities have been selected as Founding Institutions for the pilot of the Gateways to Completion™ (G2C™) process. Gateways to Completion is a structured course transformation process through which faculty and staff analyze student and institutional performance in lower division and/or developmental education courses. The Gardner Institute developed the G2C process with extensive input from the thirty-two member G2C National Advisory Committee.

Each of the 12 pilot institutions has agreed to focus their analysis on up to five high-risk gateway courses. The courses will be identified by each institution using evidence collected during the first year of the three-year G2C process. The analysis will inform the creation of evidenced-based course transformation plans that the institutions will subsequently implement.

“Gateway courses enroll large numbers of undergraduate students,” stated Drew Koch, the Gardner Institute’s Executive Vice President. “Research studies, such as Clifford Adelman’s Answers in the Toolbox and The Toolbox Revisited, show that students who do not succeed in gateway courses are significantly less likely to complete their stated programs of study and they are also are less likely to complete college degrees anywhere.”

“Failure rates in these courses often exceed 40% and 50%,” Koch continued. “Given the connection between the completion of a postsecondary credential and both economic and personal well being, these high failure rates are unacceptable. The nation simply cannot realize its Completion Agenda goals and institutions cannot maintain the public’s trust if colleges and universities do not take decisive action to address these high failure rates. The institutions involved in the G2C pilot recognize this, and their faculty and staff are using G2C to intentionally and positively address the issue.”

“The 12 G2C Founding Institutions serve as a representative cross section of higher education in the United States,” added John Gardner, Institute President. Two are classified as associates colleges, three as baccalaureate colleges, four as masters colleges and universities, and three as research universities. The cohort includes six member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, three members of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, two members of the American Association of Community Colleges, and one member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. It includes public and private colleges and universities as well as non-profit and proprietary institutions.

“The cohort’s composition shows that this is an issue that spans all of academe,” added Gardner. “We applaud these institutions for their willingness to take action on this issue. They are true leaders and innovators in the student success movement.”

Faculty play a significant role in the G2C process. The plans the faculty generate working with their academic and student affairs colleagues are supported with G2C predictive analytics and dashboard tools. In addition, G2C participating institutions take part in the annual G2C Community of Practice meeting and they also have the option to attend and/or present at the annual Gateway Course Experience Conference.

“We will learn much with and from the twelve G2C Founding Institutions,” shared Koch. “These lessons will be applied to assist them as well as the next cohort of G2C institutions that will join the current colleges and universities in Fall 2014.”

The Gardner Institute is a North Carolina-based, federally-recognized non-profit organization. Since 1999, the Institute has worked with hundreds of postsecondary institutions within the United States as well as a select number of international institutions to improve undergraduate student learning, success, retention and completion rates.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Andrew K. Koch
Executive Vice President
John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
koch@jngi.org / 828-877-3549

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