Gateways to Completion
The KSU Gateways to Completion (G2C) initiative is part of a national effort led by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to improve student success in large enrollment gateway courses that traditionally have high failure rates. Kennesaw State University is one of over forty institutions internationally participating in the Gateways to Completion initiative, and one of ten in the University System of Georgia cohort.
KSU’s participation in G2C began in 2016 with a focus on five courses in the Colleges of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics. The G2C Task Force and Steering Committees have worked together to develop a comprehensive plan to improve the student success rates in these courses. In AY2016 and AY 2017, several faculty who teach each course participated in a Faculty Learning Community, Course Redesign Institute, and data collection effort. They have redesigned their courses and are currently implementing their redesigns and collecting data on the outcomes. This is a multi-year effort that seeks to bring research-based effective practices into our efforts to improve student success in these gateway courses.
In AY2017, the KSU G2C initiative is expanding to include participation from full-time and part-time faculty who teach 1000 and 2000 level high enrollment courses with D/F/W/I rates of 20% or higher. Both cohorts of the initiative will report on their efforts at the G2C Faculty Annual Colloquiums that will be held each fall. The first of these was on September 19, 2017 and featured metacognition expert Dr. Sandra McGuire (for slides see the resources section of this website).