One major emphasis of their approach is on telling students frankly that starting late and going part-time lowers their chances of ever graduating, and encouraging them to make the added push to graduating on-time or early.
Here are some examples of state policies shared in their great three-page analysis (download here) of how states can "Reduce Time and Accelerate Success:
• "Full-time enrollment in Connecticut community colleges increased dramatically when colleges began using full-time enrollment status as the default when they processed students’ financial aid applications. The strategy shows students that attending college full-time is often more affordable than they expect."
• "Texas has a two-step approach to cracking down on credit creep (students’ earning unnecessary and excessive credits): First, the college or university loses its state subsidy for students who exceed a certain credit-hour threshold. Second, students are charged out-of-state tuition if they exceed limits for repeating courses or if they take classes that are “substantively identical” to ones they have completed."
• "North Carolina adds a surcharge to tuition for students who exceed a certain number of credit hours in a four-year degree program."
• "Florida enshrined a number of acceleration mechanisms in state policy, including dual enrollment (allowing students to earn college credit while in high school), early admission, credit by examination, and Advanced Placement/ International Baccalaureate credit. All of these acceleration models are made possible through a common course- numbering system that also allows credit from two-year colleges to be easily transferred to four-year institutions."
• "Tennessee is establishing a common core associate degree curriculum consisting of 41 hours of general education courses and 19 hours of pre- major courses. Completing an associate degree will ensure junior-level status at any public four-year institution in the state with all credits guaranteed to transfer."