First-Year Gateway Completion Rates
In spring of 2018, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and the Inter-University Council of Ohio were awarded a grant to increase student college completion and decrease attainment gaps for historically underserved students. The initiative, known as Ohio Strong Start to Finish (Ohio-SSTF), has four priority action areas including the implementation of corequisite support at scale in English and math. Ohio-SSTF began implementing the action areas in the fall semester of 2018.
A recent study on Ohio’s efforts shows a promising start to the reforms. For low-income and adult students who started in the fall of 2018, over 40% completed gateway math and English courses. For low-income students, the completion rate was 47% and for adult students it was 59%. Given that Ohio’s initial data (before the Ohio-SSTF initiative) suggested that only a third of first-time students completed gateway courses, the fall 2018 data suggests that the reforms are working. This Points of Interest shows that over 40% of low-income and adult students completed gateway courses in the first year of study of the Ohio-SSTF initiative.