Title III - Pathways to Success
Title III - Pathways to Success
At a Glance
U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Grant
Purpose of the Grant:
Build RCC's capacity to meet the needs of low-income students by strengthening students' first year in college; increasing their success in gateway courses; and providing comprehensive, integrated academic support services on campus and online.
Over a five-year period, increase student retention and graduation by 10 percent, raise graduation by 8 percent, and strengthen student engagement by 20 percent through the adoption of Pathways to Success.
$1,827,227 over 5 years (October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2015)
Strengthen the First Year
Increase Gateway Success
Integrate Academic Services
|1. Comprehensive Orientation – Actively engage students in community building and prepare them for successful transition to college. Provide vital connections to faculty, support staff and peers. Developed by Design Team in Year 1.||1. Redesign 22 Gateway Courses to Increase Student Success – Redesign 22 courses with high failure rates to boost achievement, success, and support in class, online, and in learning centers.
|1. Center for Academic Progress and Success (CAPS) – Consolidate all academic support services under one umbrella and provide expanded services on campus and online. Developed in Year 1.|
|2. First-Year Experience Seminar – Faculty mentors and strong peer groups foster first-semester college readiness in a dynamic seminar featuring contextualized critical success and study skills; the critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills needed for college-level work; and promote academic and career discovery. Developed by Faculty Design Team, Year 2||2. Faculty-Led Design Teams – Working with an Instructional Designer and E-Learning Specialist, 22 faculty-led Design Teams will create Instructor’s Toolkits, Web-Enhanced Course Pages, Web-Enhanced Student Support Resources, and provide engaging multi-dimensional Professional Development to faculty peers for each course.||2. Aligned Gateway Course Support – Web-enhanced course support for 22 redesigned gateway courses will be integrated into the Center for Academic Progress and Success (CAPS) providing round-the-clock access to academic support online for those courses and expanded support on campus through the ASC. Years 1-5.|
|3. Online Freshman Interest Groups – Provide continued mentor-based coaching and peer-group interaction in the second semester in an online social network format to promote students' active involvement in campus life, foster a commitment to achievement, and reinforce pathway to graduation, transfer and careers Developed by Design Team in Year 3||3. Courses Redesigned Over 5- Year Period:
YR 1: MAT 065; ENG 080; ENG 095; NUR 103
YR 2: ACC 101; ENG 096; MAT 101; MAT 048; ENG101
YR 3: SPE 101; MAT 102; NUR 111; SCI 101; NUR 206; ENG 102
YR 4: MAT 109; MAT 203; CSP 101; CHM 105; BIO 110; PDA 101; PSY 103
|3. Instructor Referral and Online Appointment Procedures for Academic Support – ZogoTech’s Data Warehouse will be adapted for online student tutoring requests, instructor referrals, and monitoring of student usage. Year 2.|
|4. Early Warning and Student Monitoring System – ZogoTech will be integrated with RCC’s system to provide a timely and effective way to monitor and intervene with at risk students. Year 3|
|New Position: Director of the First-Year Experience Program/Title III Director||New Position: E-Learning Specialist (50 percent). Instructional Design Consultants||New Position: Director of the Academic Success Center. Data Systems Consultants|