New Finish Program helps Chowan students graduate faster, with less debt
Chowan University introduced a new program this fall to help students finish their degrees faster and with less debt. To combat the financial burden additional semesters can place on students and parents, the Finish Program ensures that students have the tools they need to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in no more than four years. The program provides personal academic guidance, career planning, and helpful resources to create a clear roadmap for student success.
It was once common for students to spend four years at a university, then walk across the stage with a bachelor’s degree. However, it now takes increasingly longer, on average, for college students to complete their degrees. In fact, it’s no longer uncommon for students to spend six years or more completing undergraduate education. More time in college may also mean more resources spent, as some students seek out additional loans and other financing.
Four key components guide the Finish program for success: committing to complete at least 30 credits per academic year; meeting priority course registration deadlines; meeting with an academic advisor each semester; and following a four-year degree plan.
Up to 90% of all degree programs at Chowan require 120 credit hours to graduate. Coupled with the Finish Program, students are able to take approximately five classes per semester over a four-year period and graduate on-time in participating majors. All students are encouraged and eligible to participate in the program at no additional cost.
Each of a participant’s eight semesters will include five defined success points to help students focus on key academic success indicators. Success points include gateway courses, credit hour accumulation, progress toward completion of general education requirements, academic performance, progress in major courses, among many others. Linked together, the success points create a chain of accomplishments that propels the student toward degree completion. Advisors, success coaches, the academic advising coordinator, and administrators will use the success points as a guide to help students find and stay on their path to the finish-line.