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General Information - Major Grants & Projects

Title III

Project Period: October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2013

Title: Improving Basic Skills Across the Curriculum to Increase Student Success, Persistence, and Institutional Effectiveness

Goals: The Title III Activity is guided by the following college-wide goals from the Strategic Plan (SP) and consists of three major components that involve faculty/counselors from across the campus.

Goal 1: Increase retention and persistence of developmental students. (SP Goal 19)

Goal 2: Increase the retention and persistence of students using learning support services.

Goal 3: Develop student learning outcomes and appropriate assessments at the course, program and college level. (SP Goal 14)

Goal 4: Ensure that planning is data-driven, broad-based, offers opportunities for input by appropriate constituencies, allocates necessary resources, and leads to improvement of institutional effectiveness. (SP Goal 27)

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Increased course success;
  2. Increased next-level course success;
  3. Increased fall-to-fall persistence;
  4. Increased student engagement in learning; and
  5. Increase the development and assessment of student learning outcomes.

Title III Activity Components:

Five (5) Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs) will be formed, each consisting of 7 full-time faculty/counselors and 3 senior adjunct faculty, and each led by 5 Faculty Leads. Each FIG participant will develop, implement and assess curriculum/program modifications and learning improvements (i.e. a FIG project). FIG participants will be supported by:

Component 1: Focused Faculty Training for the Development and Replication of Successful Strategies - Each Faculty Inquiry Group will participate in a faculty development program that combines training and implementation of learning theory and design, curriculum theory and design, and effective strategies that support basic skills education across the curriculum. Training will support the development, implementation, assessment, and replication of new and proven developmental education strategies. Each group will participate in 12-hours of training about successful developmental education strategies. Each participant will then design a curriculum or program modification, new instructional method or intervention; formulate an assessment based on student learning outcomes; implement the modification, method or intervention; and then assess its effectiveness. FIGs will meet twice per month to discuss the challenges, progress, and results of their projects.

Component 2: Creating an Infrastructure for the Replication and Dissemination of Successful Strategies for Developmental Students – Progress and results from faculty development activities will be shared at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Symposia twice per year. These results (e.g., curricular models, resources, and materials) will form the basis for the establishment of the CTL. After the grant expires, the new practices will be sustained, in part, with income from a $500,000 endowment fund being matched 1:1 by the college.

Component 3: Development and Expansion of Academic Learning Support and Early Intervention - Faculty development strategies will inevitably lead to the increased demand for learning support services as many strategies are tied to faculty-driven academic learning support that is integrated with the curriculum. These efforts include: Peer Led Team Learning/Supplemental Instruction; in-class Learning Assistants; study groups, one-on-one and small group tutorials; and summer bridge short-term review courses in math (Math Jam).

Resources and Staffing:

Grant Documents

Executive Summary

Title III Narrative

Title III Focused Inquiry Group Application

Focused Inquiry Group Documentation Form

Focused Inquiry Group Reporting Requirements

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