Some college, no degree? Grant will help MCC re-engage students who left without graduating

Metropolitan Community College has partnered with Degrees When Due, a national project of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), to help students in the Kansas City area who need some college credits to complete their degrees.

Degrees When Due is a completion and equity initiative with a goal of seeing states and colleges increase degree attainment among the “some college, no degree” population. As one of 150 institutions in 20 states, MCC will provide students targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused their studies.

“The Degrees When Due grant gives MCC additional tools to work with students, promote degree completion and close the attainment gap in our metropolitan area,” MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said.

Degrees When Due will give MCC 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 75,000 individuals in Missouri who have been identified as having some college credits, but no awarded degree.

“This grant provides MCC the opportunity to support two populations of students in their pursuit of completing a degree: those who transferred without completing their associate degree and those who simply stopped attending classes with MCC,” said Caron Daugherty, vice chancellor of instruction and chief academic officer.

“Our Degrees When Due institutional and state partners are building a strong pathway to degree attainment for all students by providing an on-ramp for those who have paused their studies” or just never returned, IHEP President Michelle Asha Cooper said.

“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.”

This initiative is a part of a grant the Missouri Department of Higher Education applied for and received.