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DEGREE
VELOCITY

Colleges and universities are increasingly under pressure to graduate students faster. The goal of on-time completion is multifaceted, and student success is a critical factor.  

Degree Velocity™ can inform an institution whether they’re on track to attain a graduation rate goal and the strategic interventions necessary to positively impact it. Benchmarking Degree Velocity allows institutions to review programs for intervention and help students increase degree momentum.  


What is Degree Velocity?

Used as an in-progress metric, Degree Velocity calculates the number of productive credit hours earned by a student.  

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Indicators Toward Degree Velocity Progress

Leading and lagging indicators can help leaders develop, implement, and monitor progress toward equitable institutional outcomes and support student success. 

As a leading indicator, Degree Velocity can help an institution stay informed by looking at the current student cohort under review by offering a ratio comparing actual to expected degree progress.


Top 5 Reasons Why Degree Velocity Matters

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Impact Degree

Velocity

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    Unnecessary prerequisites and degree requirements

  • Unclear degree pathways or courses not on pathway 

  • Scheduling conflicts and insufficient class availability  

  • Lack of academic preparedness and inadequate advising 

  • Change of major

  • High DFW rate

 

Degree Velocity in Action

Through support from Ad Astra, Germanna Community College implemented a series of changes to drive and measure Degree Velocity. 

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Cheri Mae
Director of Enrollment Strategies/Registrar
Germanna Community College, Locust Grove, VA

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TAKING THE NEXT STEP:

Improvements in Degree Velocity are within reach through intentional evaluation, intervention, and tracking. 

 

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Evaluate degree velocity by pathway

full-time/part-time students
race
ethnicity
gender 
academic program
pathway

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Determine causality

# of credits completed
# of productive credits completed

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Plan intervention strategies

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Longitudinal tracking to measure outcome

Determining and applying leading indicators, such as Degree Velocity, empowers institutions to be more proactive in moving the needle on student success and on-time completion.

Interested in improving the Degree Velocity of your institution’s programs? Ad Astra can help you leverage analytics to identify where and why students are falling off their pathway.   

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