Illinois College launches Finish in Four program

By Ryne Turke on March 25, 2016 at 12:23pm

Illinois College is launching a new program to insure students graduate in four years.

Vice President for Enrollment Management and College Marketing Stephanie Chipman says a campus-wide committee approved the Finish In Four program on Monday.

“We will be working with first year students entering the fall of 2016, to talk about the benefits of the program and whether or not it is a good fit for their goals. If the students have done everything they can to graduate in four years but still have required courses they need for graduation, Illinois College will pick up the tab for that course,” says Chipman.

Chipman notes that several “checkmarks” will be in place for students to track their progress.

“The college will set up student success workshops and finish in four workshops. This will help the students track their progress and make sure we are working with their faculty advisors to give them good career advise and advising, so they know where they are on their four-year journey,” says Chipman.

In addition to preparing students for the workforce or graduate school, Chipman hopes the program helps families understand their financial investment.

Statistics from the Department of Education reports only 59-percent of students who graduate from college are able to do so in four years.