Walla Walla Community College a case study in success

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When Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) took a hard look at the number of students it was losing every year — students on the verge of completing their degrees, but who instead simply drifted away — administrators knew they needed to take action.

Walla Walla Community College has long been credited with paying attention to, and even shaping, the area’s economy, preparing its students for emerging local jobs that pay well. About six years ago, it shifted its attention to completion rates, looking for ways to keep students firmly on the paths it had created and get those who’d fallen off track back on it.

To that end, it developed an evolving set of individualized advising practices, and related software tools, that together have helped hundreds more students earn degrees and certificates each year.

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