The Open Pathway requires the institution to undertake a major Quality Initiative designed to suit its present concerns or aspirations. The Quality Initiative takes place between years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway Cycle. A Quality Initiative may be designed to begin and be completed during this time or it may continue an initiative already in progress or achieve a key milestone in the work of a longer initiative. The Quality Initiative is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial success or even failure.
In Spring 2015, Cameron University was approved by the Higher Learning Commission to use the University’s participation in the HLC Academy for Student Persistence and Completion as its Quality Initiative. CU’s application to the Academy established a goal of increasing one-year persistence rates for first-time freshmen and first-time freshmen transfer students. Since joining the Academy in June 2014, the University has focused on improving academic success in the first semester as a means of encouraging freshman student persistence.
Cameron University’s participation in the HLC Academy for Student Persistence and Completion is guided by a Steering Committee and sub-committees [live link] that include representation from key areas across the campus community.
A final Impact Report on Cameron University’s work with the Academy will be presented to the Higher Learning Commission in Spring 2018.