Gateways to Completion

In Fall 2016, UM-Dearborn was one of the 8 Michigan postsecondary institutions selected to participate in the Gateways to Completion (G2C) program. This program represents a partnership with the John N. Gardner Institution to improve students outcomes in high-risk courses.

What is Gateways to Completion?

G2C is a comprehensive process that mobilizes institutions – especially faculty – to substantially improve gateway courses. Specifically, G2C is designed to help institutions gather, collect, and analyze data to craft and implement a plan for enhancing student learning and success in high-enrollment courses that have historically resulted in high rates of D and F grades, Withdrawals, and Incompletes (high DFWI rates). Generally, foundation level undergraduate courses, have been targeted as gateway courses.

Expected Outcomes

During  the 3-year initiative, faculty on the course committee’s and the project steering committee work with other support personnel to design and implement evidence-based teaching practices in order to increase student learning, satisfaction, and academic success. The G2C process employs extensive use of student data and evidence-based effective pedagogies in the course redesign process.

Research conducted by the John N. Gardner Institution revealed that higher education institutions which have participated in the G2C project have achieved these positive outcomes:

  • Increases in first-to-second term retention rates
  • Decreases the number of students in poor academic standing
  • Increases in A, B, and C grades
  • Decreases in D, F, W, and I grades
  • Lower course repetition rates
  • Higher performance in the next course in the sequence

UM-Dearborn G2C Targeted Courses

  • ECON 201, Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 105, Pre-Calculus
  • PSYC 101, Introduction to Psychology
  • BIOL 130

UM-Dearborn G2C Steering Committee Members

  • Stein Brunvand, Interim Associate Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services
  • Natalia Czap, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Susan Everett, College of Education, Health and Human Services
  • William Grosky, College of Engineering
  • Christine Kelly-Williams, Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Claudia Kocher/Lee Redding /Karen Strandholm, College of Business
  • Ghassan Kridli, College of Engineering
  • Michael LaChance, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Gail Luera, College of Education, Health and Human Services
  • Susana Pecina, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Bruce Pietrykowski, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Mark Radosevich, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Caleb Siefert, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Dale Thomson, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Mitchel Sollenberger, Associate Provost
  • Carla Vecchiola, Hub for Teaching and Learning
  • Armen Zarkarian, College of Engineering
  • Jennifer Zhao,College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Judy Nesmith, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
  • Katie LaCommare, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters

To learn more about UM-Dearborn’s G2C program, contact the UM-Dearborn co-liaison’s, Gail Luera, or Christine Kelly-Williams.

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