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UCR to help “stop-outs” finish their degrees

UC Riverside and UC Davis have started a program designed to help adults obtain their college degrees.

The UC Degree Completion Program will help UC students who left the system between 2008-2020 without finishing their degrees – called “stop-outs” – and any California resident with some college experience but no degree, according to statement on the UC Riverside website.

UC officials have earmarked  $4.8 million in state funding to pay for the program, which will be conducted on both campuses. The UC Degree Completion Program was developed by the University of California Reengagement Consortium, which is made up of the UC Riverside, Davis, Santa Barbara and Merced campuses.

Santa Barbara and Merced have already started degree-completion programs.

“Nationally, graduation rates continue to be a significant problem, but over the last ten years, UC Riverside increased graduation rates while decreasing differences along racial and socioeconomic lines,” said Elizabeth Watkins, UC Riverside’s provost and executive vice chancellor, in the statement.

“Helping those who didn’t complete their degrees, whether they attended UC Riverside or other institutions, seems like the next step in student success leadership.”

About 800 people are expected to participate in the program during its first two years, according to the statement

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