Crossing the Finish Line to Degree Completion

STRIPES-VUB works with veterans from multiple points in their journey to higher education completion. Some walk into our office after a few years of service having never stepped foot into a higher education setting. Others started an academic program and have been on hiatus for several years. It is not uncommon to be working with a veteran who attempted a higher education program and was not able to complete to graduation. This can happen for several reasons; a poor academic fit, financial pressures, lack of passion, minimal student supports, etc. The STRIPES-VUB program is happy to partner with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and connect veterans with degree completion programs like the one highlighted below.

So, what are you waiting on? Did you begin a higher education program and stalled out before completion? Are you at a cross roads and need some help finding the right road map for you? Give your STRIPES-VUB program a try this next time returning to the classroom. We can help you get back on the path and ready to cross the finish line to degree completion. Outreach Specialists are available by appointment throughout the state of Oklahoma. Call 405-974-3686 or email STRIPES-VUB@uco.edu to schedule an appointment today!

8 schools selected for Degrees When Due initiative

Originally published in The Journal Record on 10/7/2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Eight colleges and universities from Oklahoma have been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

The eight schools will participate in best practices in degree reclamation and will provide targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused or stopped out their studies. The program in Oklahoma is facilitated through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Oklahoma is one of 20 states participating in the nationwide initiative.

Oklahoma colleges and universities selected for the initiative are the University of Science and Arts, Connors State College, Murray State College, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Redlands Community College.

“The Degrees When Due program will provide our faculty and staff with invaluable tools to help us better serve our nontraditional students,” said USAO President John Feaver. “Many Oklahomans have been forced to delay their college education due to myriad factors, often out of their control. This initiative will allow them to establish effective, individualized ways that they can earn their degree.”

Degrees When Due will grant the access to resources to assist with auditing students’ previously earned credits in order to determine the students’ most efficient pathway to graduation. The program will benefit the many Oklahomans identified as having some college credit but no degree.

“Returning to college to finish a degree can be a huge challenge for adults with jobs, families and other obligations,” said Deborah Landry, NSU provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Through Degrees When Due, we strive to increase the number of college graduates in our state by helping the approximately 47,000 near completers reach completion of their bachelor’s degree.”

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