The Graduation Project, is an academic year-long program that supports students by providing common ground for sharing experiences, knowledge, practices, successes, challenges and leadership activities via a dynamic learning community.
Funded through College Spark Washington and managed by Washington Campus Compact (WACC) and five member institutions, this unique program explores the effectiveness of service as a strategy to increase the number of low-income students who successfully complete their degree program.
The project will assess the impact service for the community, and other intentional support, has on improving the pathway to graduation for low-income students by comparing the progress toward graduation of those who participate in the project and those who do not participate.
The project will provide new insight into:
WACC will partner with campuses to create a variety of intentional opportunities that support low-income students in reaching their graduation goals. By employing four successful strategies for personal, academic and career growth the Graduation Project will effectively increase the number of low-income students who perservere toward their degree programs.
These strategies include:
Strategy #1: Reflective Service
Participants will be offered a variety of reflective service opportunities; including invidual and group activities which will enrich their learning experience and provide networking and skills-building opportunties.
Strategy #2: Learning Communities
Intentional learning communities will provide students with a shared learning environment in which to learn about critical community issues, complete service projects and reflect on their service and career goals.
Strategy #3: Academic & Career Advising
Participants will receive individualized academic and career advising.
Strategy #4: Leadership Development
Particpants will receive leadership training to enhance critical workforce and networking skills.
Campuses will develop and enhance their relationship with critical support departments such as financial aid, career service, academic advising, service-learning center and faculty and staff.