CORRECTING and REPLACING American Public University System Selected to Participate in Pilot of Gardner Institute’s Gateways to

  CORRECTING and REPLACING American Public University System Selected to
  Participate in Pilot of Gardner Institute’s Gateways to Completion and
  Inaugural Offering of Higher Learning Commission’s Academy for Student
  Persistence and Completion American Public University System (APUS)

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CHARLES TOWN, W. Va. -- November 5, 2013

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American Public University System (APUS) today announced that it has been
selected by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate
Education to be one of 12 Founding Institutions for the pilot of the
Institute’s Gateways to Completion™ (G2C™) process. The announcement follows
the recent completion of its related self-study as part of the Institute’s
Foundations of Excellence Program, in which APUS was the first fully-online
university to participate.

Since 1999, the Gardner Institute has worked with hundreds of postsecondary
institutions within the US as well as a select number of international
institutions to improve undergraduate student learning, success, retention and
completion rates. Gateways to Completion is a structured course transformation
process that will allow APUS faculty and staff to analyze student and
institutional performance in lower division gateway courses. The Institute
developed the G2C process with extensive input from the 32-member G2C National
Advisory Committee, including Dr. Karan Powell, APUS executive vice president
and provost.

By participating in the G2C pilot, APUS has agreed to focus its analysis on at
least five high-risk courses, which will be identified using evidence
collected during the first year of the three-year G2C process. The analysis
will inform the creation of evidenced-based course transformation plans that
APUS will subsequently implement.

“Gateway courses enroll large numbers of undergraduate students,” said Gardner
Institute Executive VP Drew Koch. “Research studies show that students who do
not succeed in gateway courses are significantly less likely to complete their
stated programs of study and they are also less likely to complete college
degrees anywhere.”

“Failure rates in these courses at institutions across the nation often exceed
40% to 50%,” Koch continued. “Given the connection between the completion of a
postsecondary credential and both economic and personal well-being, these high
failure rates are unacceptable. The nation simply cannot realize its
Completion Agenda goals and institutions cannot maintain the public’s trust if
they do not take decisive action to address high failure rates in gateway
courses. APUS clearly recognizes the need to improve student learning and
success in gateway courses. We are pleased that it will use G2C as part of its
ongoing efforts to intentionally and positively address the issue.”

APUS joins 11 other G2C Founding Institutions nationwide, including: Arkansas
Tech University; Ashford University; Florida International University;
Kennesaw State University; Lansing Community College; Lone Star College –
North Harris; Metropolitan State University – Denver; Nevada State College;
North Dakota State University; University of Houston – Downtown; and the
University of Rhode Island.

“The cohort’s composition shows that this is an issue that spans all of
academe,” added Institute President John Gardner. “We applaud APUS for its
willingness to take action on this issue. They are a true leader and innovator
in the student success movement.”

APUS faculty will play a significant role in the G2C work. The plans they
generate from working with their academic and student affairs colleagues will
be supported with G2C predictive analytics and dashboard tools. In addition,
APUS will join the other 11 G2C participating institutions at the annual G2C
Community of Practice meeting and the annual Gateway Course Experience

Higher Learning Commission Academy for Student Persistence and Completion

In related news, APUS also announced that it has been chosen to participate in
the inaugural offering of the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Academy for
Student Persistence and Completion. It is included in one of six cohorts each
comprising 16-20 institutions selected from among HLC members nationwide. The
Academy is a national committee focused on retention and graduation of the
nation’s college students. It is designed to create a“Culture of Completion”
to help participating schools develop an institutional culture and enhance
institutional commitment to the issue.

The primary focus of the academy will be on identifying critical issues,
potentially useful approaches, and institutional cultural and demographic
concerns that have an effect on retention. The Academy will coach teams from
individual colleges on how to help students stay in school and graduate.
Participants will link efforts with other organizations and institutions to
test and compare strategies as well as accelerate current efforts underway.

“Over the last year, we have set an increasingly high bar for teaching
excellence and curriculum quality,” said Dr. Powell. “The unifying element
between these mission-critical goals is the student experience, both with the
university and in the classroom. We’re honored to be selected to work with
both the Gardner Institute and our fellow HLC member institutions in the
Persistence and Completion Academy to better understand and improve the
experience, learning and retention of our students.”

About American Public University System

American Public University System, winner of the Sloan Consortium's Ralph E.
Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and two-time recipient of Sloan's
Effective Practices Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs
throughAmerican Public University and American Military University. APUS's
relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000
working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For
further information, visit


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