Persistence and Degree Completion Policy
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges recognizes the diverse needs of students for educational opportunities for lifetime learning. It is the goal of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges to assist students and support statewide initiatives for the completion of educational goals.
In an effort to improve persistence and degree completion, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will implement the following strategies:
- Expand access and opportunity, to maintain affordability while accommodating the diversity of students that have jobs and family responsibilities. Recognize diverse educational objectives, attendance patterns, and support needs of all academically under‐prepared students, immigrants, underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, and economically disadvantaged students.
- Recognize diverse educational objectives, attendance patterns, and support needs of all students, and to emphasize the values of life‐long learning.
- Strengthen and expand partnerships and cooperative agreements among colleges and universities and between higher education and elementary and secondary schools to improve preparation, expand opportunities for advanced placement, dual-enrollment, program articulation, capstone programs, and improving retention in the higher education system and facilitating re‐entry of former students.
- Support and strengthen communication, coordination, budget development, information collection, program approval and review, and grant administration functions among institutions serving students to provide continuous supportive services to students in order to achieve educational goals.