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“Stan Jones: Complete College America's efforts to improve student progress” is a podcast interview with Stan Jones, founder of Complete College America (CCA). CCA works with states to leverage policies that ultimately increase college completion rates. Jones frames the work on college completion as the confluence of interest from the Obama Administration, Bill & Melinda Gates, Kresge and Lumina Foundations. Specifically, Jones discusses states that have adopted new strategies to help reframe remediation courses as co-requisites as opposed to prerequisites with significant success. Jones further addresses the importance of time, choice, and structure in order to boost completion rates with such initiatives as 15 to Finish and the use of meta-majors. Finally, Jones provides insight into the growing use of outcomes-driven data as performance-based funding increases in popularity across states.

The interview is facilitated by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed. Commentary and discussion of the interview is presented by Dodge, Griffin, and Scanlon.

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Copyright © 2014 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

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The main goal of Complete College America (CCA): more students graduating from college (:50)

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How change in higher education has impacted CCA’s work (:59)

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The effect of a changing demographic on college completion (1:07)

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Resistance to CCA in the states (1:16)

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Developmental education as a co-requisite: lessons learned (2:34)

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Time, choice and structure: critical elements of college completion (1:59)

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Helping students define completion pathways through meta majors (4:05)

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Repurposing resources to lessen attrition(2:12)

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Barriers to state participation in CCA (3:31)

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Impact on performance-based funding for higher education in the states (1:34)

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From development to implementation: common sense strategies to improve completion (3:17)

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How current federal policy holds students back (1:47)

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Meta majors, the Lumina DQP and reducing choices to make college more efficient and less costly for students (3:11)

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A future where access realizes graduation for more students (1:15)

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CCA’s core initiatives highlighted at (2:18)

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Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (11:44)