Student Success 2020 American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention April 9 - 12, 2011 New Orleans
Student Success 2020 at Anne Arundel Community College Introduction and Overview Andrew L. Meyer, Ed.D. • Vice President for Learning Defining the Agenda Faith Harland-White, Ph.D. • Dean, School of Continuing & Professional Studies Math Redesign Alicia Morse, Associate Professor • Department Chair, Mathematics 2
“By 2020, this nation will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”… “…We seek to help an additional 5 million Americans earn degrees and certificates in the next decade…” President Barack Obama American Graduation Initiative July 14, 2009 3
Strategic Issue 1 Strategic Issue 2 Strategic Issue 3 Student Success 2020 Access Success Resources 4
Purpose The purpose of Student Success 2020 is to continue our commitmenttostudentsuccess by helpingmorestudentsbemoresuccessful. We will measure student success in terms of educationalgoalattainment with emphasis on the completion of degrees, certificates and other workforce credentials. http://www.aacc.edu/studentsuccess2020 5
Benchmarks Double the number of AACC degrees, certificates and workforce credentials by 2020 – with milestones established at three-year intervals at 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020. 6
How will we do that? Help all students identify meaningful educational goals. Build systems and programs to track, monitor and support students’ progress in achieving their goals. Involve faculty and staff in examining all programmatic and functional processes to identify and address points of vulnerability in students’ journey to goal completion. Make changes necessary to increase student success. Student Success 2020 becomes the Strategic Plan http://www.aacc.edu/aboutaacc/vision.cfm. 7
Overarching Non-Negotiables Achieve the goals of Student Success 2020 while protecting the integrity, high standards and rigor of our educational offerings. Define and promote students’ responsibilities for their own success. 8
Student Success Learning • college readiness • course completion • program completion • goal attainment Policy and Practice • Board level • college level • division level • department level • individual level Student Support • financial aid • registration • advising • orientation • technology • tutoring Culture of Evidence • learning outcomes assessment • data informed decisions • continuous improvement Groundwork Quality • preserve the integrity, high standards and rigor of our educational offerings • welcoming environment • “we’re glad you’re here” • respect and civility • sense of community • facilities and grounds • budget alignment 9
Anne Arundel Community College Strategic Plan Student Success 2020 FY2011-2020 Strategic Issue 1 Access Strategic Issue 2 Success Strategic Issue 3 Resources • Enhancing access for all populations • Optimizing student success for all students • Maximizing internal and external resources • Expand and sustain academic, professional and workforce development opportunities in an appropriate range of delivery formats and in the locations necessary for learners to successfully achieve their goals. • Strategically penetrate middle and high schools to maximize the number of students coming to AACC. • Increase access for underserved populations. • Develop processes to identify, track and support student progress toward educational goals. • Engage all faculty, staff, and department heads in review of current operations to identify barriers to student success, and develop and implement intervention activities to help more students be more successful. • Create and nurture an environment where everyone is committed to and sees his/her role in helping all students be successful. • Secure alternate sources of revenue for college’s operating and capital needs. • Secure federal, state, foundation and private funds to support Student Success initiatives. • Maximize existing resources to effectively achieve Student Success 2020. Anne Arundel Community College Martha A. Smith, Ph.D. June 2010 10
Student Success 2020 FY2011-2020 Student Success 2020 as AACC’s Strategic Plan Strategic Issue 1 Access Strategic Issue 2 Success Strategic Issue 3 Resources • Enhancing access for all populations • Optimizing student success for all students • Maximizing internal and external resources • Expand and sustain academic, professional and workforce development opportunities in an appropriate range of delivery formats and in the locations necessary for learners to successfully achieve their goals. • Strategically penetrate middle and high schools to maximize the number of students coming to AACC. • Increase access for underserved populations. • Develop processes to identify, track and support student progress toward educational goals. • Engage all faculty, staff, and department heads in review of current operations to identify barriers to student success, and develop and implement intervention activities to help more students be more successful. • Create and nurture an environment where everyone is committed to and sees his/her role in helping all students be successful. • Secure alternate sources of revenue for college’s operating and capital needs. • Secure federal, state, foundation and private funds to support Student Success initiatives. • Maximize existing resources to effectively achieve Student Success 2020. • Developmental education students * Students in Gateway courses * K-12 students * Transfer Studies students * Undeclared students * Career students • * Degree students * Continuing Education students * Off-campus students * GED students * Nursing students/Health Professions * E-learners * Male students * African American/Hispanic students * Financial Aid students * New students * Capacity to accommodate growth * Safe working environment • * Dynamic/innovative learning environment * Inclusive culture * Create a sustainable physical campus/campuses * Process improvement * Attract & retain qualified & diverse faculty and staff * Maintain competitive compensation * Prospective e-faculty * Student Success 2020 * Cyber * STEM Areas of Emphasis 11
Achieving the Dream Goals Achieving the Dream seeks to help more students earn postsecondary credentials, including occupational certificates and degrees,by working with institutions to improve student progression through intermediate milestones, including the rates at which students: • Successfully complete remedial or developmental instruction and advance to credit-bearing courses; • Enroll in and successfully complete the initial college-level or gatekeeper courses in subjects such as math and English; • Complete the courses they take with a grade of C or better; • Persist from one term to the next; • Earn a certificate or associate degree. Source: Field Guide for Improving Student Success. Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. 2009. 13
Student Success 2020 Indicators and Milestones Successfully complete remedial or developmental instruction and advance to credit-bearing courses. Enroll in and successfully complete the initial college-level or gatekeeper courses in subjects such as math and English. Complete the courses they take with a grade of C or better. Persist from one term to the next. Attain credentials: certificate, associate degree or workforce credential. 14
Guiding Principles for Institutional Improvement • Committed leadership • Use of evidence to improve policies, programs and services • Broad Engagement • Systemic Institutional Improvement Source: Achieving the Dream, Criteria for Practice
The Five Step Process for Increasing Student Success • Commit to Improving Student Outcomes • The college’s leadership to make a clear • commitment to improving student outcomes. • College leaders are expected to make the improvement of student outcomes an institutional priority, and • To communicate that priority to internal and external stakeholders. Leadership support for the initiative sends a signal to faculty, staff, and others that Achieving the Dream is more than just another project/grant.
2. Use Data to Prioritize Actions • Make an honest and forthright assessment of performance with respect to student outcomes, • Identify barriers to student achievement/opportunities for improvement, and • Explicitly articulate the populations of focus. • 3. Engage Stakeholders to Help Develop a Plan • Engage internal and external stakeholders in the development of strategies for addressing priority problems and improving student achievement.
4. Implement, Evaluate, and Improve Strategies • Implement a limited number of Strategies (usually two to four). • Identify group/team on campus charged to monitor student success at the college. • 5. Establish a Culture of Continuous Improvement • Bring successful strategies to scale. • Continue to identify new problem repeating the initial steps of this process, identifying new problem areas based on data developing, testing, and expanding effective approaches to addressing those problems.
No one gets a Pass!
Student Success 2020 Achieving the Dream Student Success 2020 + = 20
Student Success 2020 Indicators and Milestones • * Not based on PRIA numbers 21
Student Success 2020 & AtD Engagement Plan FocusData Student Success Summit 2 or 3 Top Priorities Milestones & Indicators 22
Next Steps • Develop engagement plan • Launch Student Success Summit – January 12, 2011 • Review policies and procedures • Further develop/analyze key data requirements 23
Student Success 2020 • Engagement Plan Events Constituency Groups Organizational Channels External Stakeholders 24
Welcome! Student Success 2020 Summit January 12, 2011 25
Why??? • Think, learn, discuss and act together. • How to help more students be more successful!
Student Success Degrees & Certificates Awarded 28
Student Success Transfer GPAs 29
Student Success School of Health Professions 2009 Graduates Licensure Exam Pass Rates 30
Student Success • 100% employer satisfaction with career program graduates * • 579 student members of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Omicron Theta Chapter • 58 student members of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, Epsilon Chi Chapter * Source: 2010 MHEC Performance Accountability Report 31
2 of every 3 award seeking students new to AACC have at least one developmental requirement Developmental Requirement 67% College Ready 33% 36
For every 100 AACC students with a developmental requirement 42 need 1 developmental course 41 need 2 – 3 developmental courses 17 need 4+ developmental courses 37
For every 100 AACC students with a developmental requirement 76 need Math only 22 need Math andEnglish &/or reading 2 need English &/or reading only 38
Within one year, for every 100 students with a developmental requirement 39
For every 100 award seeking students new to AACC, enrolled in the fall… 74 return in the spring 58 return the following fall 44
Summary GOAL 1 • 2/3 of our students have a developmental requirement • Vast majority of students with a developmental requirement have at least one math requirement • Moving from developmental status to College ready is unlikely in first year GOAL 2 • Successful completion of English and Math gatekeeper courses is lower than for all credit courses GOAL 3 • Successful course completion in college courses is 70%, compared to 52% for developmental courses • Students with “late enrollments” are not as successful GOAL 4 • Fall to fall retention is 58% GOAL 5 • Time to graduation is at least three years • Each fall term we have a large pool of potential completers 45
Summit Questions What is the message? What surprises you? What is the one thing we can do to move the needle on student success? What additional information do we need to help our students be more successful? • 46
Student Success 2020 Summit Student Success-o-Meter 0 100% • 47
Known Issues • Placement Preparation • Accuracy of placement cut scores for MATH 012 • Accuracy of placement cut scores for ENG 111 • College readiness skills • Teaching methodology and format • Students reading levels • Full time to part time faculty ratios • Faculty skills related to diverse student learning needs • Policy issues • Gen Ed course eligibility
Defining the Agenda in Student Terms of Success We know community college students define educational and career goals in many different ways: I want to earn a degree. I want to transfer to a four year school. I want to get a job. I need some college courses to get a better job. My parents say I have to….. I want to be a role model for my children. I want to learn how to [fill-in-the-blank.] The Completion Agenda is not just attaining credentials, it is about attaining credentials to ensure a well-educated citizen as well as a well-trained workforce.
Defining Student Success • Traditional measures of student success are readily identifiable: • Degrees • Certificates • However, it is important to measure student success in terms of the student’s goals. • So, AACC listened to our students and expanded our thinking to include: • Noncredit Certificates of Completion • Licensure/Certification courses terminating in Industry Awarded Certifications 50