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.
Used as an in-progress metric, Degree Velocity calculates the number of productive credit hours earned by a student.
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.
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
Through support from Ad Astra, Germanna Community College implemented a series of changes to drive and measure Degree Velocity.
Director of Enrollment Strategies/Registrar
Germanna Community College, Locust Grove, VA
Improvements in Degree Velocity are within reach through intentional evaluation, intervention, and tracking.
Evaluate degree velocity by pathway
# of credits completed
# of productive credits completed
Plan intervention strategies
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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