Degrees When Due:

Addressing Barriers to Degree Attainment

Degrees When Due participating institutions in the Monterey Bay region have identified over 15,000 students that left prior to being awarded a degree. Institutions are currently in the process of reenrolling students for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, and awarding degrees to students that have completed all academic requirements.

In particular, California State University, Monterey Bay leveraged its Mentorship and Equity in Transitions to Achieve Student Success (METAS) grant to hire a new staff member, Lamberto Figueroa. Figueroa is in the process of reaching out to reengage stopped-out students and developing relationships through advising students who have returned to campus. CSUMB has already reenrolled over 30 students who stopped-out during the start of the pandemic. The METAS grant places a special focus on increasing degree completion for Latinx students.

Degrees When Due, a national initiative now in its third year, is designed to help postsecondary institutions and states increase degree attainment among adults with “some college, no degree.” Cabrillo College, Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, California State University, Monterey Bay and University of California Santa Cruz are among more than190 postsecondary institutions in 23 states that have joined this equity-focused effort to increase degree attainment among students with “some college, no degree.”

Hear more about how Degrees When Due is addressing issues of equity and degree attainment in the Monterey Bay region when MBEP hosts its 7th Annual State of the Region on Friday, Oct. 29.