Strategic Enrollment Management Conference

Elaine maimon

Elaine Maimon

Governors State University

Opening Plenary Presenter
Monday, November 11 – 8:30a.m. – 9:45a.m.

As its fifth president, Dr. Maimon is leading Governors State University (GSU) to become a model twenty-first century university. The enduring commitment that has guided her career is accessibility to high quality university education.

Under Dr. Maimon’s leadership, GSU works in partnership with ten community colleges in the Chicago metropolitan area to implement the Dual Degree Program (DDP), supported by a major grant from the Kresge Foundation.  While promoting this debt-free pathway form the Associate Degree to the Bachelor’s Degree, Dr. Maimon has also led GSU in designing a state-of the art freshman program, implementing Complete College America (CCA) principles.

Internationally recognized as an expert in the teaching of writing, Dr. Maimon was a pioneer in the Writing Across the Curriculum movement, which has changed the way instructors teach writing in universities, colleges, and schools. Among her many publications are A Writer’s Resource (4th edition, 2012) and The McGraw-Hill Handbook (3rd edition, 2012).

The Game Changers

Like you, we’re interested in getting the most bang for our reform buck.  There may be “101 Things One Can Do to Boost College Completion,” but which policy levers produce the greatest returns on investment?  After four years of working with institutions across the country, scouring the research and scrutinizing best practices, Complete College America has landed on the most promising strategies. We call them the “game changers” because these significant initiatives are proven to produce rates of success double, triple or more than other approaches.  When implemented in combination, the game changers can be transformative.   

One of our five game changers leverages the power of all the others: Guided Pathways to Success (GPS).  High graduation rates and disappearing attainment gaps have been the consistent results when highly-structured degree plans, enabled by technology, and combined with intrusive student advising replace traditional à la carte course selection systems.  In a GPS environment, students see their entire program of study laid out for them, semester by semester, all the way to graduation day – and every required milestone course is guaranteed to be available when needed.  Built-in early warning systems trigger just-in-time student advising, targeting assistance when it helps most.  As a result, students make fewer costly mistakes that lead to excess credits and lengthen time to degree.  And institutions become more cost effective and productive because they can plan faculty needs and course availability semesters and even years in advance.

Stan Jones, President of Complete College America, will lead our opening session introducing you to these game changing approaches.  You’ll hear from leaders across the country who have dramatically improved the success of their students.