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Maine College Transitions + Advising Success = Double Funding National College Transitions Network Conference November 13, 2013. Today’s Session. Provide an overview of Maine College Transitions (MCT) Programs Share the program components with an emphasis on advising

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Maine College Transitions + Advising Success= Double FundingNational College Transitions Network ConferenceNovember 13, 2013
today s session
Today’s Session
  • Provide an overview of Maine College Transitions (MCT) Programs
  • Share the program components with an emphasis on advising
  • Report on the increased funding and expansion of services
private funding to state funding in 5 years
Private Funding to State Funding in 5 Years
  • 2001:Nellie Mae Education Foundation funded 7 Demonstration projects
  • 2003: Maine Compact for Higher Education
  • 2006/07: Legislatively approved one year State funded pilot programs at 6 sites and the Betterment Fund funded a 7th site
  • 2007/08: Legislative action resulting in state funding supporting 22 programs delivered in over 40 Maine communities

Past 5 Years

  • 2008-2013
  • 22 Programs serving 40 communities
a statewide systemic approach
A Statewide, Systemic Approach
  • All MCT Programs offered through Adult Education Programs
  • College Preparation and Advising
  • Comprehensive Program
  • 2 Distinct Scheduling Designs
  • Must enroll in college in 12-18 months
  • Reference: NCSALL Occasional paper, 2006 “Transitioning Adults to College: Adult Basic Education Program Models”
delivery schedule
Delivery Schedule

There are two (2) schedules:

  • SET Entry/Set Exit Cohort Model
    • Students take set classes as a group scheduled in one day, evening, or over a few hours over several days. Academic and career counseling, college life skills, and other classes are included in the curriculum
  • Menu Plan
    • Students select the classes, based on assessment scores, that meet their academic and career goals, with college life skills classes and academic and career counseling mandatory supports
  • Programs are offering both models to attract and accommodate student schedules
required program components
Required Program Components
  • Assessment, intake, orientation & advising
  • Career exploration, assessment & planning
  • College Experience and College Success
  • Academic Preparation
  • ACCUPLACER pre and post testing
  • Technology
  • Tracking and follow up
curriculum teaching promising practices
Curriculum/TeachingPromising Practices
  • Academics aligned with post secondary partner
  • Academic rigor: Classes based on developmental courses and run like a college class
  • ACCUPLACER pre and post testing
  • Use standards based curriculum: College Ready standards
curriculum teaching promising practices continued
Curriculum/TeachingPromising Practices continued
  • Comprehensive programming including self management skills
  • Integrated technology into all classes, and some programs utilized Moodle, Blackboard, Ning, Goggle Docs or other web sites
  • Classes mesh with student needs, aligned with assessments
curriculum teaching promising practices continued1
Curriculum/TeachingPromising Practices continued
  • Research and research papers assigned. All written assignments submitted using technology (no handwritten papers accepted) Writing prompts often focus on career awareness
  • College Financial Aid forms submitted
curriculum teaching promising practices continued2
Curriculum/TeachingPromising Practices continued
  • College Application completed; College visits preceded by information and introduction to campus enabling students to ask informed questions
  • Partner agencies provide core services such as financial aid, college readiness, time management, self esteem, etc.
  • All Programs must offer advising services
  • MCT Coordinator often acts as the advisor
  • Currently no advising credential required
    • Support Staff often act as coaches…cheering team, advocates, guides from the side
advising services
Advising Services
  • Begin with initial interview
    • Intake/assessment
      • Provide clear understanding of program’s comprehensive nature and intensity of services
      • conversations around supports/barriers
      • Establishing relationship/trust
    • Monthly schedule/as needed
      • Check-in/goal setting & progress/monitoring
advising services include
Advising Services Include
  • Discussions of student strengths/needs/interests/abilities/responsibilities/motivation/supports/barriers/fears/schedules
  • Referrals to support services
  • Supports for goal setting/career plans/college applications/self efficacy/self esteem/financial planning/program completion and student success
how do we know advising is key to success
How Do We Know Advising is Key to Success?
  • Program Report
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Annual Reports
  • Student Report
    • Student Surveys/Self Report
  • Alumni Report
    • Student Panels at local programs &conferences
programs report
Programs Report
  • Advising
    • Is a key component to the student’s and the programs success.
students report
Students Report
  • Advising is key to:
    • Setting, reassessing and completing action steps towards goals
    • Staying on course
    • Building self confidence
    • Managing work/family and academic assignments
    • Gaining a better understanding of themselves and the work before them
    • Having courage to prepare for college and careers
mct student survey
MCT Student Survey
  • Mirrors Persistence Research
  • Completers have confidence in college and career success
  • Advising key to building self esteem
  • Goal setting and incremental achievement helps build confidence and is a retention factor
  • Student relationships with family and friends important factors for success
  • Student relationships with other students key factor in student motivation, retention and success
  • Relationships with teachers and advisors important factors in building self-efficacy
alumni report
Alumni Report
  • Advising is key to:
    • Their completing the MCT Program
    • Their belief in themselves
    • Their courage to enter and successfully complete college
    • Their entry into new careers

In 2013

The state increased funding by an additional $500,000 to enhance and expand MCT services.

doubled the funding
Doubled the Funding
  • Programs expand from 22 programs serving 40 communities to
  • 42 programs serving 91 communities
service area
Service Area

Maine is the largest state in New England and 39th in size among the 50 state

Maine extends 207 miles E-W; the maximum N-S extension is 322 mi (518 km).

Maine is the least densely populated U.S. state U.S. state east of the Mississippi River.

need for postsecondary
Need for Postsecondary
  • By 2018, 59% of all jobs in Maine (396,000 jobs) will require some postsecondary education.
  • Between 2008 and 2018, Maine will create 196,000 job vacancies from new jobs and from job openings due to retirement - 115,000 of these vacancies will require postsecondary credentials.
  • And, Maine's population of 15 to 24-year-olds--traditional-age high school and college students--is projected to decline by 20% over the next decade..
increased funding
Increased Funding
  • Intention of the expansion funds is to enhance and expand services to enable more adults to have the opportunity to receive MCT services.
expansion collaborations partnerships
Expansion Collaborations/Partnerships
  • Expansion Grants

Serve more communities

Support RFP 2014

Support Professional Development

mct influence on adult education
MCT Influence on Adult Education

Advising services in MCT has led to:

  • an understanding that advising services should be offered to all adult education students.
  • LD 1780
    • Adult education programs include intake, assessment, career advising, instruction and individual learning plans;

Nancy Dionne Maine College Transitions Coordinator Maine Department of Education 23 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0023 207-624-6780