15 to Finish is a campaign of the University of Hawaiʻi’s Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative. The campaign encourages students attending or planning to attend the University’s 2- or 4-year campuses to take 15 credits per semester to graduate on time.
Check out the 15 to Finish Bookstore Promotion Video
Visit the 15 to Finish web site.
The University of Hawaiʻi’s 15 to Finish campaign was one of two winners in the U.S. Education Delivery Institute’s (EDI) Access to Success (A2S) event. As an Inspired Deliverologist Expert Award (IDEA) winner, UH was credited for system-wide goals that have:
- awarded 11,278 degrees and certificates, the most in system history
- exceeded goals for Native Hawaiian student degree attainment
- almost doubled the goal for number of Pell grants disbursed
- exceeded the goals for increasing the number of STEM degrees awarded
This is the last A2S meeting, as this five year initiatives comes to an end. Its goal was to reduce in half the gap between freshman and transfers underrepresented and low-income students in graduation rates compared to non-underrepresented minorities and low-income students. It was announced that UH four-year campuses were the only one to achieve this goal for bachelor’s degrees, and the two-year campuses exceeded the goal for low-income students.
President David Lassner’s presentation at the SHEEO Annual Meeting in Boise, ID, on July 8, 2014.
CCAO 5-21-14 (.pdf)
Presentation by Joanne Itano to the Council of Chief Academic Officers and Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers on May 21, 2014.
CCA 15 to Finish webinar 4-29-14 (.pdf)
Established in 2009, Complete College America is a national nonprofit with a single mission: to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. Most “full-time” college students are not taking the credits needed to graduate on time, instead opting for course loads that put them on 3- and 4-year plans for their associate degree and 5- and 6-year plans for their bachelor’s. The result—thousands of dollars more in student loan debt and an increased likelihood that students won’t make it to graduation day. This presentation, given by Joanne Itano on April 29, 2014 in a national webinar hosted by CCA, highlighted the work being done here in Hawaiʻi, where “15 to Finish” originated.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is a “14-member public body created in 1971 to define the missions of Indiana’s colleges and universityes, plan and coordinate the states’s postsecondary education system, and ensure that Indiana’s higher education system, and ensure that Indiana’s higher education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state.”
Video file for presentation:
This handout describes the use of data and a communication strategy to shift a long-standing norm of students taking 12, rather than 15, credits per semester.
UH’s 15 to Finish campaign has gained national attention. Most recently, it was a featured presentation at the Complete College America meeting in December 2012, with 33 states in attendance. Executive Vice President Johnsrud provided a summary of how UH’s 15 to Finish was born along with initial results of the strategy to reduce students’ time to degree.
The original keynote presentation at Summit II by Executive Vice President Linda Johnsrud has been updated and emphasis added on the 15 to Finish media campaign. This presentation is being shared with campuses and groups.
More incoming freshmen at UH campuses registered for 15 or more credits for the Fall 2012 semester than first-time freshmen who registered between Fall 2009 through Fall 2011. Overall, the share of classified undergraduates across the UH System who registered for 15 or more credits also increased. Data tables (.pdf).
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