Targeting the Technical: Prioritizing Analysis of Student Transcripts in Degree Reclamation Efforts to Improve Student Completion Outcomes

 IHEP, January 2022

As the economy struggles to recover amidst ongoing uncertainty, adults across the country could benefit from earning a degree and opening the door to new careers. Colleges and universities recognize the importance—but also the challenge—of getting “some college no degree” (SCND) students back on track and supporting them, along with currently enrolled students, across the degree finish line.  

As outlined in this brief, targeting resources and efforts toward reviewing transcripts against the technical field in which each student began their studies, combined with auditing for transfer-oriented credentials, can maximize the return on institutional degree reclamation efforts.