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Kent State hunts for students who dropped out
The university is inviting back students who left recently and were within a year or less of earning a degree
Story by AMY HANSEN


 
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Kent State University is going on a search -- for former students. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen tells us about the university's plan to offer some of them a second chance to finish their degrees.

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Kent State is looking for a specific group of students: those who have dropped out over the past two years, have above a 2.0 grade point average, have not graduated from another institution, and have completed at least 90 credits.

Melody Tankersley, KSU’s associate provost for academic affairs, says the school wants to welcome back students who left despite being only about 30 credits - or about one year -- shy of finishing their degrees. She says the new initiative is partially linked to a change in the way public colleges and universities receive state funding.

This is the first year where schools earn money based on how many of their students actually complete courses and degrees, rather than the number of students enrolled.

“I don’t know that we had considered this before and I don’t know when we would have gotten to the place of considering it without that change,” Tankersley said. “So that change has made us think of things a little bit differently.”

Roughly 1,500 former students will be contacted via phone and email. Tankersley says Kent State plans to offer these students extra perks such as more academic advising, the option to take some classes online, and a $500 scholarship to finish a degree.

The university will officially begin its search this summer.

 

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