Crossing the Finish Line


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Flees, J., & O’Shea, J. (2021). Crossing the Finish Line: Increasing Degree Completion for Students Who Have Stopped Out. Journal of Postsecondary Student Success, 1(1). Retrieved from


Each year, hundreds of thousands of students leave higher education without earning their degree. Helping these students return and complete their degree is an enormous opportunity for higher education to propel social and economic mobility for students and their broader communities. With limited resources at postsecondary institutions, however, most institutional attention tends to go to students currently enrolled, not those who were enrolled. In this case study of Florida State University’s Completion Campaign, we detail how a low-cost, high-impact effort has helped over 1,600 students in four years return to complete their degrees. We illustrate the key features and components of the program, its impact on student success, and considerations for institutions who may want to adopt similar approaches.

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