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Access


NKU is committed to providing access to all individuals seeking a higher education.

Question: How do we ensure that more students from the region and beyond have access to an NKU education?

Access into higher education extends beyond academic preparation (grades and test scores) and the enrollment pipeline into higher education. Access also includes the community’s collective responsibility to prepare and support students’ transition into higher education through middle- and high-school preparation in college readiness, financial literacy, building students’ human and social capital, and establishing expectations to enroll in college, especially for marginalized groups (under-represented minorities, low income and/or academically deficient people).

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Completion


NKU is committed to helping students complete their higher education goals.

Question: How do we ensure that more students, particularly those underrepresented in higher education, earn a degree, credential, or certificate in a timely manner from NKU?

Completion is an iterative process that establishes markers that students must successfully complete throughout the college lifecycle before proceeding to the next completion marker. These completion markers include:

  • What academic preparations have incoming students engaged in? If none, should the University use the summer prior as a preparation time (i.e., Summer Spark, completion of remedial courses, financial literacy workshops, etc.)
  • First-fall to first-spring retention
  • First-fall to second-fall retention
  • 30 earned credit hours by the end of the first year
  • Declaration of major by end of the first year (certain amount of credit hours in the major?)
  • First-fall to third-fall retention
  • First-fall to fourth-fall retention
  • Four-year and six-year graduation rates
  • Closing achievement and performance gaps (embedded throughout each marker)
  • Questions: Where does co-curricular and other non-academic success programs fit into the curricular model? Should students be required to complete career preparedness initiatives throughout their major? CPE Benchmarks Number of degrees/credentials/certificates produced
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Career & Community Engagement


NKU is committed to preparing students for productive careers and community engagement.

Question: How do we ensure that all NKU graduates are prepared for a successful career and to be engaged community members?

Career & community success is defined as the attainment and demonstration of competencies and skills necessary to transition as a productive member into the workforce or graduate studies. Regional economic and civic engagement. Career & community success is defined as the attainment and demonstration of competencies and skills necessary to transition as a productive member into the workforce or graduate studies. Regional economic and civic engagement.

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These are words, not themes, that bubbled up in our TalkShops.

Access

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Completion

Career & Community Engagement

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