GRCC to reach out to students who have earned -- but never claimed -- their associate degree

April 29, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College has identified nearly 300 students who met all of the requirements for an associate degree but never claimed it.

GRCC plans to reach out to these former students as part of the national Degrees When Due initiative. This effort, led in Michigan by the Michigan Community College Association’s Center for Student Success and the Institute for Higher Education Policy, was designed to help states and postsecondary institutions improve degree-completion, especially among students with some college credits, but no degree. Michigan is part of the first group of participating states.

“A degree will help students get ahead as they move forward in life,” Associate Provost Tina Hoxie said. “We want to make sure people are able to use the credentials they’ve earned and benefit from their academic success and hard work.”

Hoxie said some people might not be aware they earned enough credits for a degree, or that they are within a final few classes of being eligible.

In addition to GRCC, other participating Michigan institutions are: Alpena Community College, Bay College, Delta College, Glen Oaks Community College, Henry Ford College, Macomb Community College, Mid Michigan College, Oakland Community College, St. Clair County Community College and West Shore Community College.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.