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  1. STRUCTUREDSCHEDULES Building Success Into Programs Julie Johnson Vice President | Complete College America COMPLETE COLLEGE AMERICA

  2. What are Structured Schedules? • Predictable schedule, constant throughout • Block schedules and sequenced courses • Students choose programs, not courses • Students go full-time as the default or part-time year round

  3. Structured Schedules Options • Morning, afternoon, evening or weekend blocks • 5-days a week or certain days • Shorter term courses • Organized by program

  4. Why Structured Schedules? • To increase on-time completion • Reduce credits to degree • Support working and non-traditional students • Consistency facilitates progress

  5. Baltimore City Community College

  6. Where there is structure, there are significant results. IVY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM • Structured career certificate programs in welding, machine tool, automotive, HVAC, mechatronics, and office technology. 85% completion First Cohort: 90% retention New Cohorts:

  7. Where there is structure, there are significant results. TENNESSEE COLLEGES OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY 75% avg. on-time graduate rate TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGES 14% avg. on-time graduate rate

  8. TCAT Program Structure TENNESSEE COLLEGES OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY 75% avg. on-time graduate rate TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGES 14% avg. on-time graduate rate

  9. TCAT Program Structure • Students enroll in academic programs • Full-time programs are offered M-F 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. or part-time options are available • Before they enroll, students know the program costs, the classes, time frame to graduation and what jobs are available

  10. TCAT Program Structure • Year around schedule- no big breaks • Small classrooms and labs • Competency based • Attendance is taken • Requires a commitment of the institution and student

  11. Students want structure… “That (block scheduling) would be fabulous – if you knew you could schedule your courses every semester at the same time, wouldn’t that be a dream come true?” Guided Pathways to Success Perspectives from Indiana College Students and Advisors

  12. Students want structure… “I actually like that approach because I’ve had the days where I go to class for an hour, and then I have two hours off. Well, I really don’t want to drive home just to drive all the way back. Yes, it might suck to be in class for four hours straight, but I could go into a job and say, “I go Monday through Friday from eight to noon but I can come in at one thirty or two o’clock and work with you guys.” I think employers would appreciate that more because I’ve actually missed out on a couple of jobs because of my school schedule.” Guided Pathways to Success Perspectives from Indiana College Students and Advisors

  13. Texas Legislation HB1583 • To facilitate timely degree completion by students at public junior collegesin the following associate degrees or certificate programs: • allied health • nursing • career and technology • The college shall establish, for at least five programs not • previously offered as a block schedule curriculum, a block schedule • curriculum under which: • (1)  courses required are offered each semester in scheduled blocks • - morning, full-day, afternoon, evening, or weekend block schedule • - designed to provide scheduling predictability • (2)  students may enroll in an entire block schedule • curriculum offered under the program in a semester