Dec 012010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Tiffany Luthi found out one year after she had walked across Moby Arena’s stage to get her diploma that she hadn’t actually graduated. She was one class short.

Luthi had met with her advisor before her last semester and believed her diploma was just lost in the mail. It wasn’t until Siri Newman, the collegiate success coordinator for the Center for Advising and Achievement, got in touch with her that she realized she hadn’t graduated.

Graduating still wasn’t a priority, though.

“I put it on the backburner,” Luthi said. “I had gotten a job and moved on with my life.”

It wasn’t until she realized she wanted to get her master’s degree that Luthi contacted Newman about returning to CSU to finish her degree, which she has now completed. Luthi is currently working on getting her master’s in business and project management at Jones International University.

Newman works exclusively with students who are seniors in good standing that haven’t completed their degree. This month, she worked in conjunction with Gov. Bill Ritter’s office on their month-long campaign for Complete College Colorado, or CCC.

CCC was established to call attention to the state’s commitment to providing access and affordability to a higher education, along with recognizing the economic benefits of a college degree, according to a university press release. The campaign ends Friday.

“We enthusiastically support the governor’s mission to bring attention to this important topic and highlight the success of our support programs for returning students,” said CSU Provost Rick Miranda in the same release.

Returning to CSU can be a strenuous process for many due to financial burdens and the juggling of jobs and other responsibilities. What many don’t realize is that they have to be re-admitted by filling out an intent to return form before they can register for classes.

Once students seek re-admission, the university has a number of financial resources available to those in need, including scholarships and an event held in the fall called CSU: Connect, Continue, Complete.

The event was held last March and will be held again this March. It gives students an opportunity to talk to financial aid, advisors and other valuable resources on campus to get all their questions answered at one time.

Newman compiled a list of 683 students to attend last year’s event that had attended CSU, but not graduated, between 2000 and 2008. Four hundred remain and are being reached out to this month with CCC. A dozen have contacted Newman about returning to CSU and completing their degree.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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