Achieving the Dream: Completing Educational Goals for the Workforce
Annual Conference of the Middle States Commission on Higher EducationDecember 2008
AtDDr. Virginia M. Carter, ProvostDelaware County Community College, Media, PAgcarter@dccc.edu
Dr. Judith Gay, Vice President for Academic AffairsCommunity College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PAjgay@ccp.edu
Dr. John C. Flynn, Jr. Vice President of Academic Affairs and provostMontgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PAjflynn@mc3.edu
Goals for today
To provide information about the achievement gaps in education and how AtD initiatives are attempting to close the gapsTo explore the systematic changes in institutions at three different levels to address the gapsTo provide examples of how three different institutions met the challenge of improving student success
Workforce IssuesIn the next 10 years nearly 25% of the workforce must be replacedThe level of education needed to earn a middle class living has increased significantlyPhiladelphia is 92nd of the 100 largest cities in number of residents with a college education
National Data1,157 Community Colleges6.66 million credit students in CCs ( 12.7% African American, 6.2 %Asian, 14.2 %Hispanic and 58.6% white)5 million non-credit students in CCsAverage age is 2937.8 % receive some aid and of the Federal aid, 35% are receiving Pell grantsAccording to NCES 2004 data
AtD DataAccording to DATA Notes July November 2008Females referred to developmental education were more likely to persist and outperform their male counterpartsNearly 25% of all students leave during their first year for reasons other than transfer or credential attainment
AtD Data cont.
The profile of the highest dropout occurs for: males, black, 20-24, needing developmental education, and starting part time.
AtD ObjectivesIncrease the percentage of students who accomplish the following:successfully complete the course they take;advance from remedial to credit-bearing courses;enroll in and successfully complete gatekeeper courses;enroll from one semester to the next;earn degrees or certificates.
AtD at the Macro levelChanging an InstitutionCentral to missionNot a projectData drivenA realignment of culture
AtD at the Macro level
Broad Based PlanningLRP, MS self study, internal/division planningData driven CSSE, Benchmark data, internal information Alignment of questionsChanging the landscape
Institutional Impact of AtDIncreased faculty, community and Board involvement (K-16, collaboration, dual enrollment, summer youth)Focus on planningOrganizational changes Director of First Year ExperiencesStudent Success SquadRegistration and system changes
Institutional Impact cont.Successful StartsExpansion of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and LearningDevelopmental Studies consortiumDevelopmental SummitSharing across institutionsSharing faculty to faculty
Goal: Improve student outcomes by increasing the use of effective educational practices.
Focus: Theme-based professional development programs; new online journal, Praktikos, targeted professional development workshops
AtD-CCPFaculty are most interested in increasing use of Group/Hands on projects
AtD CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - 1Goal: Decrease the amount of time some students spend in developmental Math. Focus is on students who score in the higher tier of the Accuplacer test.
Interventions & Innovations MAT 010B* is a two-week arithmetic refresher course offered prior to the fall and spring semesters. MAT 011B* is a 4 credit beginning algebra class that incorporates a review of arithmetic.Both new options enable a qualified student to complete two semesters of dev math in less time and save money.* students with appropriate placement scores may register for these alternative options.
Fall 07Spring 08MAT 010/011Control group50%40%MAT 010B/MAT01143%n = 2158%n = 12MAT011B47%n = 1755%n = 11
AtD CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - 2GOAL: Increase student success in Math 010 focus is on students who score in the lower tier of the Accuplacer test.
Supplemental Instruction (peer tutors) in arithmetic classes Learning Communities
MAT 010 (Arithmetic) faculty orientation
MAT 010 Blackboard site for faculty
Math Course Information Guide for advisors/faculty
Alternative approaches in the arithmetic curriculum
Delaware County Community College www.dccc.edu
Community College of Philadelphia www.ccp.edu
Montgomery County Community College www.mc3.edu
Achieving the Dream - www.achievingthedream.org