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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.

Project Outcomes:

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)

Pathways to Success at RCC graphic


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. Academic Success Centers (ASC) – 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 Academic Success Centers (ASC) 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
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