75,000 Degrees is a community-wide collaborative designed to increase post-secondary attainment by bringing together Mobile’s K-12, higher education, business, and community partners. The objective of 75K Degrees is to ensure all students are equipped with the tools, resources and supports essential to Getting READY, Getting IN, and Getting THROUGH a post-secondary pathway.
Getting READY for postsecondary pathways
Begins with a focus on early learning, pivots to the fundamental transformation of middle grades, and concludes with efforts to ensure every high school student graduates ready for college and careers.
Getting IN postsecondary pathways
To positively impact post-secondary enrollment, we must increase the number and amount of need-based scholarships available for local students; improve post-secondary advising and test preparation; and streamline the post-secondary admission’s process.
Getting THROUGH postsecondary pathways
To realize 75,000 degrees/credentials within our communities, we must implement and facilitate pathways to credentialing, transfer and completion for all students.
As partners in this initiative, Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College and University of South Alabama are encouraging students to take 15 credit hours per semester/30 hours year in order to graduate on time through the 15 to Finish Campaign. This campaign is designed to help students TAKE More- make taking more credit hours the norm, SAVE More- lower financial cost for students and EARN More- earn income sooner through on-time graduation.
A collaborative program between the University of South Alabama and select partner community colleges- Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. This program provides a smooth transition for students to transfer from community college to the University of South Alabama. While students are attending the community college, they have access to a USA Transfer Advisor, on campus resources to support academic success, attend Jaguar home athletic events and much more.
Bishop State and Coastal Alabama Community Colleges implement best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused, or “stopped out,” their studies. This work of degree reclamation has been expanded to Gadsden State Community College, Jacksonville State University and University of North Alabama.