Beyond Financial Aid is a toolkit designed to help two- and four-year institutions close attainment gaps for low-income students. BFA expands the concept of “financial supports” for college beyond grants, scholarships and loans and describes six college-tested strategies for helping low-income students overcome the significant challenges created by limited resources. BFA features a self-assessment that college teams can use to analyze their service capacities and an interpretation guide to help map out their first steps toward strengthening these capacities.
On October 3rd and 4th at the Professional Sciences Conference Center at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Complete College Georgia will convene a meeting for institutions to explore the BFA toolkit, analyze their student and community data, and identify priority strategies to support low income students on their campuses.
This day-long session on September 30 will begin with greetings, an open discussion about sophomores at our institutions, a keynote by Dr. Carolyn Denard, Associate Provost for Student Success and Director of the Center for Student Success, Georgia College and State University, followed by concurrent sessions that will be repeated after lunch. Lunch will include roundtable discussions on various relevant topics.
Recommended Audience: Institution staff that work with or collect data on second-year students, including advisors, student success coaches, student affairs, institutional researchers, and deans.
This day-long session on September 23 is an idea exchange to improve college completion. Morning sessions will consist of speakers focusing on three approaches (self-operated child care centers, on-campus contracted child care centers, and child care resource and referral service). The working lunch will feature speakers on funding opportunities for low-income student parents. The afternoon activities will allow time for attendees to work on action plans for their institutions and share their insights.
To register, please contact Dustin Worsley.
Recommended Audience: Faculty, staff, administrators, and/or student representatives.
Please join us on September 23 as we develop solutions to increase retention and completion rates for students who are in dire need of our help. Your participation in the CCG Symposium will help level the playing field and provide more opportunities for economically disadvantaged first year students. The University System of Georgia and The Carl Vinson Institute will present census data to provide insight on low-income students in your service area and throughout the state of Georgia. Please note, your participation in the CCG Symposium will help inform and prepare you for the Statewide CCG Forum on October 3rd and 4th at Middle Georgia State University.
Recommended Audience: First Year Coordinators, Advisors, Academic Affairs, Financial Aid, Counselors, Student Affairs, Institutional Research, Student Success Coaches, and Retention Coordinators.
At the 2015 CCG Forum, campus representatives asked the USG CCG staff to help facilitate regional conversations around college completion strategies and activities. A component of these conversations was hoped to be greater collaboration across institutions as well as deeper involvement of faculty in the work of college completion. In response, Complete College Georgia is hosting four regional gatherings in the spring of 2016 to begin the conversation and help foster collaboration.
This all-day event will showcase innovative Complete College Georgia (CCG) projects, and provide a forum for information sharing and development of partnerships and synergistic efforts among USG institutions to achieve CCG goals. The Forum is by invitation only, and limited to two participants per USG institution. We are asking the Vice President of Academic Affairs for each institution to attend, in addition to each institution's lead point of contact for Complete College Georgia activities. A draft agenda is available here. An overview of key takeaways and next steps is available here.
This year’s Summit will focus on steps institutions can take to use the power of analytics to align campus resources to maximize students’ opportunities for success. Representatives from institutions across the state will share their insights on how they put the power of data to work to meet new pressures, overcome limited resources, and uncover hidden opportunities for improvement in managing and aligning academic, instructional, and institutional resources and facilities. Follow these links for an agenda and materials from the summit.
The 2014 Enrollment Management Symposium, a day-long symposium, was designed to showcase Georgia institutions strategies and programs aimed at increasing enrollment, retention, and completion. The morning portion of the symposium featured a keynote address by Dr. Angela Bell, USG Senior Executive Director for Research, Policy, and Analysis, and Mr. Mathew Hauer, Public Service Associate for the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. This address was followed by concurrent breakout sessions with System office and campus experts leading discussions focused on identifying challenges and opportunities associated with the deployment of innovative practices in enrollment, retention, and completion
This joint gathering of presidents from the University System of Georgia and the Technical System of Georgia reflected upon the progress Georgia has made thus far in implementing tested strategies to improve student success in post-secondary education.
As part of CCG focus on providing targeted technical support to campuses in key completion areas, the University System of Georgia and Georgia State University (GSU) presented a Completion Symposia on using predictive analytics to enhance student success. This practical workshop focused on how GSU has changed work flow and organizational culture as well as use of technological tools to drive significant success.