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Degrees When Due

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Janna Robin

Project Lead

Degrees When Due (DWD) is a higher education completion initiative through the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) that uses an equity lens and data-driven strategies to improve student completion rates.


By evaluating student transcripts, DWD teams identify students who met graduation requirements but didn’t receive their degree or stopped out within 15 units of graduation and guide them to and through completing their education.

The DWD California Cohort includes:

  • 7 CSUs (Chico, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Sacramento,
    San Francisco, Sonoma)
  • 3 individual community colleges (Fresno City, Sierra, Shasta)
  • 2 community college districts (Los Rios, Yuba)

Project Attain is a leader in coordinating the DWD California Cohort, communicating information between the IHEP research team and California institutions, sharing DWD research, and connecting institutions with statewide coaching, resources, and best practices.