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University of Wisconsin Madison
Projects & Initiatives

Degree Completion Award

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) established the Degree Completion Award to achieve the following:

  • Recognize and reward public universities that are increasing degree completion rates, and total numbers of degrees awarded, while improving educational access, quality, and equity;
  • Collect effective campus-based models from public universities for other institutions to adopt and adapt to increase student success at scale; and
  • Mobilize all colleges and universities to prioritize institutional change efforts to increase student success and degree completion outcomes.

Apply for the Degree Completion Award

Eligibility: All APLU member institutions are eligible and invited to apply for the 2019 APLU Degree Completion Award. Initiatives (or programs) that have improved the institution’s four-year degree completion numbers and rates will be considered. The strongest applications will provide evidence that an initiative (or program) has a significant impact on degree completion outcomes. Previous award recipients are not eligible to apply in the two years immediately following receipt of APLU’s Degree Completion Award.

The University of Central Florida, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Rhode Island have been named finalists for the 2019 Degree Completion Award. The winner of the award will be announced at the APLU Annual Meeting in November. The application period for the 2020 Degree Completion Award will open in May 2020.