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Achieving the Dream: Completing Educational Goals for the Workforce. Annual Conference of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education December 2008. AtD. Dr. Virginia M. Carter, Provost Delaware County Community College, Media, PA gcarter@dccc.edu

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achieving the dream completing educational goals for the workforce

Achieving the Dream: Completing Educational Goals for the Workforce

Annual Conference of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

December 2008

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AtD

Dr. Virginia M. Carter, Provost

Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

gcarter@dccc.edu

Dr. Judith Gay, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

jgay@ccp.edu

Dr. John C. Flynn, Jr. Vice President of Academic Affairs and provost

Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

jflynn@mc3.edu

goals for today
Goals for today
  • To provide information about the achievement gaps in education and how AtD initiatives are attempting to close the gaps
  • To explore the systematic changes in institutions at three different levels to address the gaps
  • To provide examples of how three different institutions met the challenge of improving student success
workforce issues
Workforce Issues

Workforce Issues

  • In the next 10 years nearly 25% of the workforce must be replaced
  • The level of education needed to earn a middle class living has increased significantly
  • Philadelphia is 92nd of the 100 largest cities in number of residents with a college education
national data
National Data
  • 1,157 Community Colleges
  • 6.66 million credit students in CC’s ( 12.7% African American, 6.2 %Asian, 14.2 %Hispanic and 58.6% white)
  • 5 million non-credit students in CC’s
  • Average age is 29
  • 37.8 % receive some aid and of the Federal aid, 35% are receiving Pell grants
          • According to NCES 2004 data
atd data
AtD Data

According to DATA Notes July – November 2008

  • Females referred to developmental education were more likely to persist and outperform their male counterparts
  • Nearly 25% of all students leave during their first year for reasons other than transfer or credential attainment
atd data cont
AtD Data cont.
  • The profile of the highest dropout occurs for: males, black, 20-24, needing developmental education, and starting part time.
atd objectives
AtD Objectives

Increase the percentage of students who accomplish the following:

  • successfully complete the course they take;
  • advance from remedial to credit-bearing courses;
  • enroll in and successfully complete gatekeeper courses;
  • enroll from one semester to the next;
  • earn degrees or certificates.
atd at the macro level
AtD at the Macro level

Changing an Institution

  • Central to mission
  • Not a “project”
  • Data driven
  • A realignment of culture
atd at the macro level1
AtD at the Macro level

Broad Based Planning

  • LRP, MS self study, internal/division planning
  • Data driven – CSSE, Benchmark data, internal information
  • Alignment of questions
  • Changing the landscape
institutional impact of atd
Institutional Impact of AtD
  • Increased faculty, community and Board involvement (K-16, collaboration, dual enrollment, summer youth…)
  • Focus on planning
  • Organizational changes – Director of First Year Experiences
  • Student Success Squad
    • Registration and system changes
institutional impact cont
Institutional Impact – cont.
  • Successful Starts
  • Expansion of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Developmental Studies consortium
  • Developmental Summit
    • Sharing across institutions
    • Sharing faculty to faculty
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AtD

Professional Development

Goal: Improve student outcomes by increasing the use of effective educational practices.

Focus: Theme-based professional development programs; new online journal, Praktikos, targeted professional development workshops

atd ccp
AtD-CCP

Faculty are most interested in increasing use of Group/Hands on projects

atd curricular activities 1
AtD CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - 1

Goal: Decrease the amount of time some students spend in developmental Math.

  • Focus is on students who score in the higher tier of the Accuplacer test.
interventions innovations
Interventions & Innovations
  • MAT 010B* is a two-week arithmetic refresher course offered prior to the fall and spring semesters.
  • MAT 011B* is a 4 credit beginning algebra class that incorporates a review of arithmetic.
  • Both new options enable a qualified student to complete two semesters of dev math in less time and save money.

* students with appropriate placement scores may register for these alternative options.

atd curricular activities 2
AtD CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - 2
  • GOAL: Increase student success in Math 010
    • focus is on students who score in the lower tier of the
    • Accuplacer test.
    • Supplemental Instruction (peer tutors) in arithmetic classes
    • Learning Communities
    • MAT 010 (Arithmetic) faculty orientation
    • MAT 010 Blackboard site for faculty
    • Math Course Information Guide for advisors/faculty
    • Alternative approaches in the arithmetic curriculum
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AtD

College Websites

Delaware County Community College – www.dccc.edu

Community College of Philadelphia – www.ccp.edu

Montgomery County Community College – www.mc3.edu

Achieving the Dream - www.achievingthedream.org