Make It Personal: College Completion. The League for Innovation 2012. What is MIPCC. Three-year national demonstration project Improve community college student retention and success by addressing pregnancy planning, prevention, and healthy relationships
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The League for Innovation
Chattahoochee Technical College, GA
Georgia Perimeter College, GA
Mesa Community College, AZ
Montgomery College, MD
Palo Alto College, TX
Sixty-one percent (61%) of women who have children while enrolled in community college drop out and do not return to school
Pregnancy in many instances is reported by many women in this cohort as a rite of passage.
The major reported comment is that people do not talk about this issue. Parents are uncomfortable talking with their children (of any age). Peers do not talk about this issue substantively with each other. Older siblings do not generally talk with their younger siblings in a meaningful way.
Communication and ability to talk about the issue is one key to opening up the discussion and maybe developing some “scripts” that student could use in a variety of situations. Students need to develop scripts rather than being provided them.
Tabling – Poster Campaign
Speakers - Forums
Think about it – Talk about it
Interagency Coalition on Pregnancy
Community Action Team
(Fetal & Infant Mortality)
Teen and Young Adult Clinic
Forty Six Faculty
Thousands of Students / Semester
What might that look like?
Gave faculty a way to manage the discussions.
Placed the disagreements in a frame to be civilly discussed.
They are Effortful involves difficult issues and
They help students build bonding, active engagement
substantive relationships in conversational learning
They help students engage Values and assumptions are
across differences challenged
They help students apply and Active experimentation, defend
Test their new learning in new explain your position
Provide students with rich Immediate and public
They provide opportunities for How does this knowing
students to reflect on the relate to my life and my choices
people they are becoming
What might that look like?
Faculty can successfully incorporate unplanned pregnancy content in a way that serves academic objectives and learning outcomes in a variety of disciplines.
A “classroom integrative learning” approach means that classroom content is instructor designed and discipline appropriate. Instructors in this initiative were asked to integrate the topic of unplanned pregnancy into classroom discussion in their own way, and develop their own assignments.
Serve the instructor’s academic objectives and learning outcomes and
Provide students with the opportunity for –
Relevant information and research on unplanned pregnancy, and
the experience, beliefs and assumptions of others.
Their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices, and how these have been impacted by exposure to this topic in the classroom.
National Campaign community college portal:
Studentsexlife (educational resource for college students):
Stay teen (web site for high school age teens):
National Campaign - How To Fact Sheet: