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Conference Inclusion Statement We ask you to join us in creating a culture that reflects… Access and Inclusion and Civility and Respect …this week and in all aspects of our organization.
During Today’s Session You Will: • Gain an understanding of the importance of inclusive higher education. • Learn about the SEED Program at Lehigh Carbon Community College and how we have created community based approach to inclusive higher education • Understand the journey LCCC has taken since 2015 to help inclusiveness become a key piece of our campus environment. What has and has not worked
Why is inclusive higher education important? For Students For Institutions Untapped market of students Providing access to your campus community to more people. • Social and networking opportunities • Targeted career exploration opportunities • Increase in community based career opportunities • Increase in wages
What is the SEED Program • One of many inclusive higher education popping up across the United States • Partnership between Lehigh Carbon Community College and the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) • Video Introduction to the SEED Program
What is LVCIL? • SEED’s Career and Academic Coaches are from LVCIL • Every SEED student becomes a consumer of LVCIL, which means they get access to all the services LVCIL provides including: • Peer Support • Advocacy • Information and Referral • Independent Living Skills
SEED Program Tracks • There are 3 tracks for the SEED Program: • SEED AACHIEVE • SEED Academic • SEED Career Track • The 3 tracks are similar but all vary in the amount of hours that each student has contact with their SEED Coach.
SEED AACHIEVE • Least amount of support; 3-6 contact hoursper week • Students are seeking a degree • Services are provided upon request • Services Include: • Coaching • Socialization • Independent living support
SEED Academic • Middle level of support, 7-12 contact hours • Students are seeking a degree • Services provided and usage of services are monitored by SEED staff. • Services Include: • Coaching • Academic support • Socialization • Independent living support
SEED Career Track • Highest level of support, 13-20 contact hours • Services provided and use of service monitored • Services include: • Coaching • Academic support • Work experience • Socialization • Independent living support non-degree seeking but does receive Certificate of Completion
Fostering Connections Social Opportunities College Resources
Peer Mentoring • While many mentor/mentee relationships are established between faculty and their students, we thought it would be great for SEED to have a student mentor that works to connect everyone to each other and the larger campus community • Let’s meet SEED’s Activity Peer Facilitator, Jake
Fostering Connections: College Services • Learning Specialists • Tutoring Center • Writing Center • Counseling Center • Educational Support Services • Career Development Center • Student Life • Academic Advising • Financial Aid • Business Office • Registrar • Campus Security • Veteran’s Services
SEED Admission Process • Participate in a program information night • Application Process • Applicant Interview • Parent/Student Acceptance Night • Students participate Summer Bridge • Person-Centered Planning • Choosing Program Track • Begin programing
Success: Retention Rates • Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 – 132% (gained extra participants) • Fall 2017 to Spring 2018- 72% • Fall 2016 to Fall 2017- 45%
Success: Completion Rates • Fall 2017- 75% • Spring 2018- 72% • Fall 2018 – 94% • Spring 2019 – 94% • Average GPA – 3.1 Spring 2019
Success: Program Feedback • “Individualized Flexibility” • “Opportunity to meet friends” • “Fosters independence” • “support in communication with the teachers” • “Helps me succeed in college” • “Has allowed our daughter to live one of her life dreams becoming an educator” • Mentors… “seen as a peer, great way to fit in” • Video: Let’s Meet Claudio and his Family
Embedding Inclusion in our Campus Community • Tiered Team Support Structure • Integration Team • Core Team • Direct Service Team • Development of Curriculum • RSS 104 • RSS 297
Embedding Inclusion in our Campus Community • Training for Faculty • Universal Design for Learning • Inclusive Higher Education Symposium • Disability Sensitivity Trainings • Classroom Management Brainstorm Sessions • LCCC recently establish an equity, diversity, and inclusion committee
Embedding Inclusion in our Campus Community Proactive approach to ensuring all students can access all of the college community
In Summary: What has worked? • The LCCC/LVCIL partnership • Using the independent living philosophy to guide program decisions • The tiered team approach
In Summary: What has been a challenge? • Student Motivation • Communicating with Parents • Defining “success”; credentialing
In the Future • Developing articulation agreements with 4 year institutions that have inclusive higher education programs • Formalizing a mentor program • Developing a program of study for the program
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