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STLCC to Participate in Missouri Completion Academy

July 11, 2013

Complete College America  

St. Louis Community College has been selected to participate in the Missouri Completion Academy Sept. 10-11 in St. Louis.


The academy is designed to provide institutions and their leaders with strategic planning support as they work toward large-scale, high-impact strategies to improve completion rates on their respective campuses. Activities will focus on internal planning and provide opportunities to share best practices in such areas as reducing time to degree, tackling developmental education and implementing flexible strategies for ensuring student success.


“The Missouri Completion Academy will be a valuable tool to help the state increase the number of citizens with a postsecondary degree or high quality certificate,” said David Russell, Missouri’s commissioner of higher education.


The academy is supported in part by funding from Complete College America and organized by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.


Russell noted that STLCC was chosen based on a proposal that reflected extensive use of data to inform policy decision, as well as its focus on policies and procedures to improve degree and certificate attainment.


“We continue to learn from student focus groups, as well as national survey instruments, to ascertain student interests, needs, concerns and aspirations,” said Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “Our focus is to build pathways to success by conducting assessments and using that data to ensure that degrees, certificates and courses deliver requisite labor market value.”


Other academy participants will be East Central College, Jefferson College, Harris-Stowe State University, Linn State Technical College, Southeast Missouri State University, Moberly Area Community College, Northwest Missouri State University and Metropolitan Community College.


Complete College America is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or colleges degrees, and to close the gaps in college attainment for low-income and underrepresented minority populations. Complete College America is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education.