Recommendations 11 & 12: Expectations Language for Timely Graduation
GIF Task Force Recommendation
Progress Toward Recommendation
Related Recommendations from Retention & Timely Graduation Task Force

11) Adopt "expectations setting" language of encouraging on-time graduation by all university constituent groups - faculty, staff, and administrators.

New Student Orientation (NSO) presentations include Academic Information Meetings (AIM) from each academic unit addressing graduation in four years.

All CLAS brochures and publications emphasize 15-16 semester hour enrollment (previously, common examples of 12 hours appeared). Two- and four-year plans for degree completion are provided by each school and College. These plans are available on the school/College websites or in the Undergraduate Catalog, or both. Examples of two- and four-year plans include:



Recommendation 8: Develop an "Integrated Advising Model" to convey students across all thresholds (entering KU; adapting to University life; deciding on major field; transitioning to advising in the major; completing major requirements; graduating)


8A. Use University Advising Center to initiate student/advisor relationship

(i) Involve students in generating realistic plans


8B. Restructure current advising staff FTE's and current faculty service

(i) Identify problems and opportunities for more advising intervention
(ii) Train and purposefully select faculty advisors/mentors
(iii) Develop retention and graduation rate targets for each Academic Community Team


8C. Revise advice to students

(i) Emphasize multi-semester planning
(ii) Promote focus on graduation and long-term goals
(iii) Follow-up on initial term academic performance
(iv) Offer "prescriptive" degree maps, degree map milestones, & "What-if" degree maps


8D. Identify problematic points in student careers as indicated by performance data

(i) Track major and degree exploration
(ii) Review Graduation in Four midpoint progress
(iii) Monitor and intervene to promote timely declaration of major and/or admission to an academic program


8E. Develop decentralized professional advising teams to guide students in majors

(i) Place professional advisors in departments
(ii) Select best faculty advisors to meet the needs of majors


8F. Develop strong and frequent communication and coordination between professional advising staff and degree programs

(i) Provide frequent and meaningful information and feedback to students, staff and faculty about rules, options, performance, and progress toward degree
(ii) Provide both group and individual advising options, extending advising contact time


12) All publications, brochures, program plans, etc. should support on-time graduation (i.e., graduate in four years for 4-year programs, five years for 5-year programs, etc.).



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