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Waubonsee Embraces College Completion Challenge

At its Sept. 21 meeting, the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees approved “Accepting the College Completion Challenge: A Call to Action.” Drafted by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees,  this commitment to helping more students complete degree and certificate programs has been adopted by 65 institutions.

College completion has become a national priority as the United States strives to remain competitive in the global economy and fill an estimated 1 million “middle skills” job that are projected to open up between now and 2016.

In addition, Illinois has announced its own graduation goal: increase the state’s population of working-age adults with college credentials from 41 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

“Helping more students earn college degrees and certificates has been a longtime priority at Waubonsee,” said Dr. Deborah Lovingood, Waubonsee’s executive vice president of Educational Affairs/chief learning officer. “We have always tried to highlight how college credentials improve the quality of life for both individuals and the community, so we’re pleased to see that message being echoed and amplified at both the state and national levels.”

Waubonsee is now in the third year of its own Project Graduation initiative. This project has included the revision of several degree programs, the introduction of an online degree audit system and the streamlining of the graduation petition process.