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Project #73

Last Five Miles: Coaching Students to Degree Completion


The purpose of the Last Five Mile project was to reach out to School of Business Administration students who were close to graduation (reaching back to 1995) but never applied, to help them complete degrees.


  • Tracked response rates from SBA outreach (phone calls, email, social media, etc.).
  • Tracked the number of students who re-enrolled in courses Winter & Spring 2014 Terms as a result of this project.
  • Tracked the number of students who graduated by Fall term 2014 as a result of this project.



As a direct result of the efforts of the Last Five Miles program, the Degree Completion Specialist successfully contacted 26 students. Eight of these students graduated, two are currently enrolled and working toward degree completion, and 15 students require additional action (register, petition, or submit an application) for graduation. Tuition gained from the program’s efforts was $13,146 from Winter 2014 to Fall of 2014. The success of this project over the course of just one academic year in one academic department proves the significant impact the Last Five Miles could have if implemented on a campus-wide level.


For more information, please see the project End-of-Project Report, Project Artifacts and final expenditure report.  


  • Becky Sanchez - Director, Undergraduate Programs Office, School of Business Administration


  • Scott Dawson - Dean, School of Business Administration 
  • Scott Marshall - Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, School of Business Administration 
  • Saori Clark - Academic Advisor, School of Business Administration 
  • Haley Holmes - Academic Advisor, School of Business Administration 
  • Doug Siegler - Director of Student Services, School of Business Administration 
  • Bryan Jimenez  - Undergraduate Academic Advisor, School of Business Administration 
  • Jeanne Enders  - Associate Dean for Undergrad Programs, School of Business Administration 



Project Management Plan 

Status Report

Project Plan


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Original Proposal