Momentum Year is a suite of strategies designed to help University System of Georgia students in their crucial first year of college. We work with students to guide them on a path to achieve their educational goals, including successful degree completion and on-time graduation.
We know that:
- Predictive analytics and proactive advising help keep struggling students on track toward graduation, saving students money in the long term.
- Changes in remedial education that include intensive tutoring in conjunction with courses being taken for credit have led to big jumps in student success rates.
- First-year students who take at least three courses connected to what they think they want to study are 40 percent more likely to graduate than students who do not.
- Taking 15 hours a semester improves student success as well as shortening the time to graduation.
Evidence-based research confirms that college students are most successful when they:
- Start out their college careers by making a purposeful choice in a focus area or program,
- Develop with a productive academic mindset,
- Follow clearly sequenced program maps that include:
- Core English and math
- Nine credits in the student’s academic focus area, and
- 30 credits in their first year.
Put together, these three elements create a Momentum Year for students—a starting point that helps students find their path, get on that path, and build velocity in the direction of their goals.