Degrees When Due Essentials is an accelerated version of Degrees When Due (DWD), a multi-year nationwide completion and equity initiative that has helped more than 190 postsecondary institutions in 23 states increase degree attainment among adults with some college credits but no degree.

As an extension of DWD degree reclamation work, DWD Essentials is designed for institutions who are unable to participate in a full cohort of DWD. DWD Essentials will move institutions quickly through the steps to identify and reengage stopped out students, in time for Fall 2021 student reenrollment. Drawing on institutional insights gathered over nearly a decade, DWD Essentials offers a three-part workshop series, and a wealth of supplemental resources.

Participants will receive pre- and post-workshop emails with guidance and resources to help them through every step of the process.

DWD Essentials is free to participating institutions.

Institutions that register for DWD Essentials commit to:

  • Attend all three workshops in the series
  • Complete all necessary pre-work prior to attending each workshop
  • Submit institutional-level data for the metrics below when prompted during the student reengagement process.
Timing Metric (aggregate data) Disaggregation
Workshop 1 Stopped-out students All metrics disaggregated by:

·   Race/Ethnicity

·   Pell Recipient Status

Workshop 2 Stopped-out students eligible for a credential
Near-completers
Workshop 3 Stopped-out students conferred credentials
Stopped-out students who reenrolled

 

REGISTER FOR THE FULL SERIES HERE

Space for DWD Essentials is limited. The registration link will be live until June 16, 2021, or until all spaces are filled.

DWD Essentials Workshop 1 – Identifying Degree-Eligible Students and Near-Completers

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 3-5 pm ET

The first session of this three-part series will focus on identification of students who are academically eligible for a degree or are close to completion. IHEP staff will provide strategies for transcript evaluation and Degrees When Due institutions will share successful identification strategies they implemented and the results of their efforts. IHEP staff will also demonstrate the Degree Mining Tool, a free online tool IHEP developed in conjunction with LX Studios to help institutions leverage their existing technology to identify and award earned credentials. Participants will leave with concrete strategies to improve identification of degree-eligible students and near-completers at their institution, as well as access to IHEP’s Degree Mining Tool.

DWD Essentials Workshop 2 – Conferring Degrees to Eligible Students and Reenrolling Near-Completers

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 3-5 pm ET

The second session of this three-part series will focus on degree conferral and reenrollment. IHEP staff will discuss common barriers and effective strategies for conferring degrees to academically eligible students and locating, reaching, and reenrolling near-completers. Participants will hear directly from Degrees When Due institutions regarding successful degree conferral and near-completer reengagement strategies they implemented and the results of their efforts. Participants will leave with tangible strategies to increase degree conferral to degree-eligible students and increase reenrollment of near-completers.

DWD Essentials Workshop 3 – Sustaining Degree Reclamation Efforts and Telling Your Data Story

Monday, October 4, 2021 from 3-5 pm ET

In the final session of this three-part series, IHEP staff will provide effective strategies for sustaining adult student reengagement at your institution and for telling the story of your efforts through data. Participants will hear directly from Degrees When Due institutions that have implemented degree reclamation efforts and are successfully sustaining that work. Institutions will share strategies for maintaining momentum, pursuing policy and practice change, and supporting long-term change. As ensuring campus-wide awareness of the impact of your degree reclamation efforts is key to sustaining them, IHEP staff will share proven strategies for effectively telling your story using data. Participants will gain concrete strategies for sustaining their adult student reengagement efforts and communicating its impact to various stakeholders.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at dwd@ihep.org.

REGISTER FOR THE FULL SERIES HERE

Space for DWD Essentials is limited. The registration link will be live until June 16, 2021, or until all spaces are filled.