Project Plan
 
Description
 
·         Identify policies that promote and encourage student completion of credentials.
·         Identify policies that are barriers to student completion of credentials.
 
AQIP Criteria
 
Primary: Category 6 – Supporting Institutional Operations
 
Rationale
 
Sinclair Community College is the lead college for Completion by Design in the state of Ohio. This effort is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and seeks to increase graduation rates by a transformation of college policies and practices. A thorough policy review is needed in order to identify unknown barriers to completion. Further motivating this work is the state of Ohio’s new funding formula, which rewards institutions financially based on success metrics including successful completion of developmental education, accumulation of credits, and graduation.
 
Organizational Elements Affected by Project
 
Advising, registration, testing and assessment, financial aid, instruction, student and auxiliary services.
 
Processes Affected by Project
 
Registration, policies around course withdrawal, repeating failed courses, attendance, financial aid, testing and placement upon entry.
 
Definition of Outcome Measures
 
Indicators include:
·          Completion of list of policy barriers and incentives which promote completion.
·          Completion of charges to governing bodies to consider recommendations for
            policy change.
 
Performance Targets
 
This timeline coincides with the Implementation phase of Completion by Design. Important milestones include:
 
Year One: By March 1, 2013 develop a template for an institutional review framework, utilizing support materials given by Jobs for the Future.
By May 1, 2013, charge work teams for each of the general areas within the policy review (registration, academic policies, financial aid, etc.).
By December 15, 2013, report out on policies that serve as barriers and incentives to complete and recommend changes.
 
Year Two: By April 1, 2014, seed the policy change in the appropriate governing body of the institution (board of trustees), with the institution’s senior administrators (president’s cabinet, leadership council, department chairs), and with other representative bodies (faculty senate and staff senate).
 
Keeping Focused 
 
The institution will use President’s Cabinet as the steering committee for the work, supported by the Policy Team already formed through Completion by Design, which will serve as the coordinating body for the work on the ground. Interim goals include:
·          Raise awareness and create a list of policies that promote completion.
·          Raise awareness and create a list of policies that inhibit completion.
·          Recommend charges to appropriate bodies (faculty senate, instructional policies 
           committee, registration, board of trustees, etc.).
 
Contact:  Kathleen Cleary, Interim Associate Provost
                  kathleen.cleary@sinclair.edu