“Failure rates in these courses at institutions across the nation often exceed 40% to 50%,” Koch continued. “Given the connection between the completion of a postsecondary credential and both economic and personal well-being, these high failure rates are unacceptable. The nation simply cannot realize its Completion Agenda goals and institutions cannot maintain the public’s trust if they do not take decisive action to address high failure rates in gateway courses. APUS clearly recognizes the need to improve student learning and success in gateway courses. We are pleased that it will use G2C as part of its ongoing efforts to intentionally and positively address the issue.”APUS joins 11 other G2C Founding Institutions nationwide, including: Arkansas Tech University; Ashford University; Florida International University; Kennesaw State University; Lansing Community College; Lone Star College – North Harris; Metropolitan State University – Denver; Nevada State College; North Dakota State University; University of Houston – Downtown; and the University of Rhode Island. “The cohort’s composition shows that this is an issue that spans all of academe,” added Institute President John Gardner. “We applaud APUS for its willingness to take action on this issue. They are a true leader and innovator in the student success movement.” APUS faculty will play a significant role in the G2C work. The plans they generate from working with their academic and student affairs colleagues will be supported with G2C predictive analytics and dashboard tools. In addition, APUS will join the other 11 G2C participating institutions at the annual G2C Community of Practice meeting and the annual Gateway Course Experience Conference. Higher Learning Commission Academy for Student Persistence and Completion In related news, APUS also announced that it has been chosen to participate in the inaugural offering of the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Academy for Student Persistence and Completion. It is included in one of six cohorts each comprising 16-20 institutions selected from among HLC members nationwide. The Academy is a national committee focused on retention and graduation of the nation’s college students. It is designed to create a “Culture of Completion” to help participating schools develop an institutional culture and enhance institutional commitment to the issue.
The primary focus of the academy will be on identifying critical issues, potentially useful approaches, and institutional cultural and demographic concerns that have an effect on retention. The Academy will coach teams from individual colleges on how to help students stay in school and graduate. Participants will link efforts with other organizations and institutions to test and compare strategies as well as accelerate current efforts underway.“Over the last year, we have set an increasingly high bar for teaching excellence and curriculum quality,” said Dr. Powell. “The unifying element between these mission-critical goals is the student experience, both with the university and in the classroom. We’re honored to be selected to work with both the Gardner Institute and our fellow HLC member institutions in the Persistence and Completion Academy to better understand and improve the experience, learning and retention of our students.” About American Public University System American Public University System, winner of the Sloan Consortium's Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and two-time recipient of Sloan's Effective Practices Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs through American Public University and American Military University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit www.apus.edu.