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Crowder College Awarded Grant to Assist in Student Persistence and Graduation

Crowder College is the recipient of a Title III Grant which will amount to almost $2.5M over a five year period. Title III funding will promote student success by providing more specific direction for students in their pursuit to a certification or degree.

The grant project, Connect, was adapted from the Guided Pathways model demonstrated nationwide to boost progress and completion. Crowder recorded the highest number of graduates for 2016-17 with 1,118. This is a 21.65 percent increase over last year’s record number of 919.

The college attributes the increase in number of graduates to its strategic efforts in retaining students from semester to semester on the path to completion of a degree or certification. The grant will provide for continued growth as more students will be working with advisors to ensure they are taking the appropriate class while engaging in programs geared to their strengths.  The project also includes the development of new instructional formats and provides technology updates to support student learning.

“The Title III grant project Connect was intentionally designed to support the work we have been doing through our strategic plan to promote student success by improving our retention and graduation rates.  Additional advising, supplemental support, active learning, improved technology,  new compressed instructional formats, and the possibility of stacking credentials are key to keeping students engaged and on a path to completion,” stated Dr. Jennifer Methvin, President.

The college continues to strive to provide an affordable education to students whether they are planning to enter the workforce or continue at a university upon graduation. Students have the ability to take classes at more than one location as Crowder College has locations throughout its nine-county service region. This fall, 4,960 students are attending Crowder College at one of these locations or online.