WINSTED, CT – September 26, 2019 – Northwestern Connecticut Community College has been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees.
As one of the colleges and universities from twenty states participating in Degrees When Due, Northwestern Connecticut Community College will learn best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused, or “stopped out,” their studies. Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s participation in the initiative is facilitated through the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System (CSCU). Four other Connecticut Community Colleges, the four Connecticut State Universities, and Charter Oak State College are also participating in Degrees When Due.
“A critical distinction exists between just having two years of credits toward a degree, and having earned an Associate’s degree. It can be the difference between qualifying for a new job or getting weeded out during the initial stages of a job search. An academic credential might also qualify current employees for a higher salary in their current jobs, or quicker progression in salary and responsibilities in any future job,” asserted Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College. “Degrees When Due will provide NCCC an opportunity to learn proven strategies to identify and serve returning learners, helping them to maximize their career earning and advancement potential.”
Degrees When Due will grant Northwestern Connecticut Community College access to a variety of resources to help more students complete their degrees and to help the institution audit students’ previously earned and transfer credits to determine the most efficient pathway to graduation. The program will benefit the more than 304,000 individuals in Connecticut who have been identified as having some college credits, but no awarded degree
“Our Degrees When Due institutional and state partners are building a strong pathway to degree attainment for all students, including by providing an on-ramp for those who have paused their studies or ‘stopped-out,’” said IHEP President Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. “IHEP enthusiastically welcomes the selected institutions and states to this effort. Through this initiative, they will increase student success, serve a diverse set of student populations, and join us in addressing one of higher education’s most pressing challenges: degree completion.”
Rick Boger-Hawkins, NCCC Transfer Advisor, added, “Degrees When Due in a natural complement to NCCC’s current initiatives aimed at increasing student enrollment, persistence and graduation. By making it easier to identify, contact, and then award degrees to students who have two years of credit but no degree, Degrees When Due will provide real and lasting benefits to Connecticut.”