ATLANTA, GA – October 3, 2018 – Dhanfu E. Elston, Ph.D., an alumnus of CAU (1996 & 2003), has released an article for Complete College America (CCA), entitled “15 to Finish: Early Wins at Minority Serving Institutions”. Elston serves as Vice President for Strategy at Complete College America, a national non-profit funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the numbers of college graduates across the country.
Dr. Dhanfu E. Elston serves as Complete College America’s Vice President of Strategy for Guided Pathways and Purpose First where he utilizes his campus expertise for practical application, implementation, and scaling of CCA strategies at institutions throughout the nation. He provides oversight of the Purpose First career choice grant, technology Seal of Approval, and scaling standards to close achievement gaps. Previously, he coordinated relationships with Governor’s Offices and higher education state-wide systems in their college completion efforts and spearheaded the national 15-To-Finish scale strategy. Recently, he launched a national initiative with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to amplify completion efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over two decades of his higher education career in academic and student affairs, Elston has created and implemented comprehensive success and retention programs that have garnered national attention. He has been recognized as an expert in college completion policy initiatives at institutions that educate highly diverse and underrepresented student populations.
In partnership with CCA Alliance member the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and with support from the Kresge and Lumina Foundations, CCA accelerated it's work by launching an MSI Initiative with 19 select Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
Clark Atlanta University is part of CCA’s minority-serving institution project, funded by the Kresge Foundation, and has seen some dramatic increases in credit accumulation (+24% point increase).
Leaders from these institutions have shown that early student momentum can be gained through 15 To Finish campaigns that can set the tone with early credit accumulation success that is a precursor to other CCA Game Changer strategies (Corequisite Support, Math Pathways, Academic Maps with Proactive Advising, A Better Deal for Returning Adults).
For the full report read here: https://completecollege.org/article/15-finish-early-wins-msis/