Ep. 66: Temple University’s Fly in 4 Initiative Pays Students Part Time to Stay in Class Full Time

Ep. 66: Temple University’s Fly in 4 Initiative Pays Students Part Time to Stay in Class Full Time


– [Announcer] Helix. – Can you talk about the
academic correlations we find with students who are working
more than 15 hours a week? – Yes, 15 or 20 or more hours
a week can lead to delays in time to degree, for
an array of reasons. For a student who has to
leave campus to go to a job that might mean time that they don’t have to meet with a professor
during office hours or work with peers in study groups or attend review sessions. For students who are
working more than one job it might mean late evening hours. So, they’re going to class
tired or perhaps it means they’re doing their work
later in the evening and submitting assignments
closer to due dates. So, there’s an array of
reasons why working more can mean not doing as well
or not graduating on time. – Now, let’s transition
into Temple’s Fly in Four Initiative and how you’re
designing that initiative to help partially solve for this issue. – Absolutely, so Fly in
Four is Temple’s signature time to degree initiative. We looked at the research that shows that students who see advisors regularly are more likely to graduate on time. Students who register for classes during an early registration window are more likely to graduate on time. And finally, when students
can receive financial support allowing them to work less,
that also can make a difference for some of our most
economically-disadvantaged students. What made our program unique was that Fly in Four grant component. We award 500 4,000-a-year scholarships to Fly in Four students. We arrived at the 4,000
dollars by doing simple math of about 20 hours a
week at a part-time job in the minimum-wage pay range. And that would equate to 4,000 a year. – Jodi you mentioned your
first incoming Fly in Four class just graduated in 2018. Can you speak to any results
or persistence improvements you’ve seen from these
grant strategies so far. – Absolutely. So, when Temple started
Fly in Four in fall 2014, our university-wide four-year
graduation rate was at 44%. Now, for the fall ’14 cohort our 4-year graduation rate is 55%.