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University of Central Oklahoma receives grant to expand college completion program

The university was recently awarded a grant of $250,000 from TG, a nonprofit corporation based in Round Rock, Texas. UCO officials intend to use the grant to expand the university's Operation Degree Completion program, a program that seeks to boost the university's graduation numbers.
by Silas Allen Published: December 18, 2012
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— A new grant will allow the University of Central Oklahoma to expand a program designed to help the state meet its college completion goals, officials say.

The university was recently awarded a grant of $250,000 from TG, a nonprofit corporation based in Round Rock, Texas.

UCO officials intend to use the grant to expand the university's Operation Degree Completion program, a program that seeks to boost the university's graduation numbers.

The university established the program two years ago. Since then, officials say it has resulted in about 650 new bachelor's degree graduates.

The program focuses on people who have nearly enough college credit to earn a degree, but aren't enrolled in college, said Jay Corwin, the university's vice president of enrollment management and the program's director.

Academic advisers identify those people and try to find a way to help them complete their degrees. The program was successful in its first two years, Corwin said, so UCO officials began looking for ways to expand it to nearby community colleges, as well.

New advisers

The grant will fund new part-time academic advisers at each of the partnering community colleges — Rose State College, Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.

Those advisers review students who transferred to UCO from a community college to see if those students would be eligible for an associate degree — a process called reverse transfer.

The reverse transfer process already created more than 150 degrees this year.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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