Governors State University Structured Pathways and Effective Retention Strategies for Transfer Students 2019 Summer Institute

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (from 2019 Summer Institute)

This summer institute is designed to disseminate the Dual Degree Program (DDP), DDP-Male Success Initiative (MSI) and The Center for the Junior Year models and prepare teams from interested institutions to use best practices in the implementation of implementation of programs similar to the DDP, DDP-MSI, and CJY, adapted to the unique circumstance of their respective campuses.

Over the course of the Institute, each team will hear from experts, participate in interactive break-out sessions, and spend time in facilitated work sessions to develop a campus plan for recruiting and retaining transfer students using structured pathways and support systems.  The culminating event will take place the morning of the last day with presentations of the campus plans. These plans will include: 1) concrete steps to implement structured pathways from the Associate to Baccalaureate degree; 2) Community College and four-year institutions roles and responsibilities in implementing the structured pathway and retention activities; and 3) a timeline of activities to achieve your goals.

The Institute schedule will be posted soon and will include keynote speakers along with a variety of learning sessions and networking opportunities. 

Daily Opening Sessions provide an opportunity to set the day’s agenda, reflect on information provided, ask questions, and set goals for the day.

Break-out Sessions provide a deeper examination of best practices and strategies for transformative partnerships, effective retention efforts, co-curricular programming and the creation of clear pathways to degree completion. Sessions will include information to help you build an infrastructure for success, identify practices to strengthen campus, and design meaningful program assessments.

Team Time provides opportunities for teams to work on an action plan for their respective campuses. During this time, teams will be able to apply and personalize information presented during the break-out sessions to the development of their action plans. Institute facilitators will be available to assist teams with questions and ideas.


Thanks to the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, there is no charge for this Summer Institute. All meals will be included (three breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners). In addition, up to three nights in the designated nearby hotel will be included for each team member. Travel costs beyond the three hotel nights and any other incidental costs will be the responsibility of the participants.

As you plan your travel, please be aware that shuttle buses will run between the designated hotel and the university throughout the Institute. 


Funding for the Summer Institute, GSU DDP, and MSI-DDP is provided by generous support of The Kresge Foundation. Additional funding provided by a Title III grant under the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program.