Indiana State University has
created a 4-year graduation guarantee for students enrolling in fall 2012 and
beyond. The guarantee assures eligible students they will be able to complete a
bachelor's degree within 4 years. If not, they will be able to take remaining
courses tuition free. The guarantee is part of the university’s commitment to
keeping college affordable for students and will also help ensure a quicker
launch for their careers.
The Sycamore Graduation Guarantee
outlines the responsibilities of students and of the university that are
necessary to achieving on-time graduation. Improving student success is a top
priority in the university's strategic plan. To take advantage of the
guarantee, students must sign a contract during their freshman year. If they
meet their commitments under the contract and find themselves unable to
graduate in four years, the university will cover the cost of tuition and
mandatory fees for any remaining required courses.
The guarantee applies to all
programs of 128 semester hours or less. Student requirements under the terms of
the guarantee include, but are not limited to:
• Meet with an advisor to develop
an appropriate course plan
• Declare and be admitted to a major by the start of the sophomore year
• Complete 30 to 32 semester hours each year and meet all degree requirements
• Monitor his or her progress and notify advisors if unable to register for a
• Apply for graduation by October 1 of their senior year.
The university's responsibilities
under the Sycamore Graduation Guarantee include:
• Provide access to quality
advising throughout a student's time at Indiana State
• Provide tools that enable students to monitor progress toward degree
• Substitute a different course or independent study, when appropriate
• Pay tuition and
mandatory fees for any additional required courses if course substitution is
not an option.
The university will work with
students who fall behind schedule due to extenuating circumstances, such as
financial constraints or a change of majors.
Increase the 4-year graduation rate. The ISU
strategic plan details these benchmarks.
Identify and address curricular barriers that
may prevent a student from completing a program of study in 4 years.
Provide regular communication to students
regarding academic progress and status.
Develop systemic program planning and advising
that address and balance student academic goals and financial realities.
Modify the affordability discussion to include
student and institutional responsibilities.
This program becomes effective with the Fall 2012
matriculating class and is being launched as of June 1, 2012 with New Student
Curricular assessments and analytics indicate
decreased barriers (i.e. sufficient numbers of required courses are offered
without time conflicts).
Student and advisor use of the 4-year planning
Student communication with advisors increases.