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.

Goals

  1. Increase the number of low-income college students who perservere and complete their degree program.
  2. Increase the academic, civic, and workforce development of participating low-income students.
  3. Increase the capacity of campuses to develop policies, practices and programs that support low-income students progress toward graduation. 
     

Objectives

The project will provide new insight into:

  1. the relationship between low-income college student (a) participation in service and related support programs and academic/career advising and (b) progress toward graduation.
  2. the relationship between low-income college student (a) participation in service and related support programs and academic/career advising and (b) community engagement.
  3. what specific experiences and/or aspects of the Graduation Project do participating students identify as being particularly important in their development in relation to academic progress toward graduation and community engagement.

Strategies

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.

In addition:

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.