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Defining Excellence: Lessons from the 2013 Aspen Prize Finalists Presentation at Innovations 2014 Dr. Rob Johnstone , National Center for Inquiry & Improvement (NCII) Joshua Wyner, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute. COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM. THE ASPEN PRIZE - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Defining Excellence: Lessons from the 2013 Aspen Prize Finalists

Presentation at Innovations 2014

Dr. Rob Johnstone, National Center for Inquiry & Improvement (NCII)

Joshua Wyner, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM1

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMTHE ASPEN PRIZEWinners and Finalists Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA (2013)Valencia College, Orlando, FL (2011)Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA (2013)

Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY (2013)Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD (2011, 2013)Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL (2011)West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Paducah, KY (2011)

Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, TXBroward College, Ft. Lauderdale, FLCollege of the Ouachitas, Malvern, AR Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, MSMott Community College, Flint, MINortheast Iowa Community College, Calmar, IASanta Fe College, Gainesville, FLSoutheast Kentucky Community & Technical College, Cumberland, KYSouthwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, TXWINNERSFINALISTS w/ DISTINCTIONFINALISTS2

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMCompletion outcomesLearning outcomesLabor market outcomesEquity in outcomesTHE ASPEN PRIZEFour measures of community college excellence:High absolute performanceImprovement over time3Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMOutcomes of Prize finalist colleges: Completion/Transfer rates that far surpass the national average

Three-year completion and/or transfer rates compared to the national average4Lake Area Technical Institute (ND)Santa Barbara City College (CA)Santa Fe College (FL)

Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College ExcellenceOutcomes of Prize finalist colleges: Exceptional improvements over time in completion

Increase in the number of credentials awarded at Valencia College, 2002-2011*Note: Enrollment increased by only 40% between 2006-07 and 2011-12COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM55Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMOutcomes of Prize finalist colleges: Exceptional equity in access for underrepresented populations

% Difference between underrepresented minority enrollment in institution and percentage of the population in the colleges service area (TOP THREE PERFORMERS)0% means the colleges enrollment has the same proportion of underrepresented minority students as the general population; i.e., minorities are fully represented at the college6Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMOutcomes of Prize finalist colleges: Far greater equity in outcomes than the national average

Three-year completion and/or transfer rates for underrepresented minority students compared to the national average7Brazosport College (TX)Santa Barbara City College (CA)Santa Fe College (FL)Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMOutcomes of Prize finalist colleges: Exceptional short-term labor market outcomes for graduatesAverage salaries of recent graduates compared to the average for all new-hires in the region (TOP THREE PERFORMERS)

40% above avg.Regional average79% above avg.Regional average82% above avg.Regional average8Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMOutcomes of Prize finalist colleges: Exceptional long-term labor market outcomesAverage salaries of graduates 5 years after graduation compared to the average for all workers in the region (TOP THREE PERFORMERS) 55% above avg.38% above avg.65% above avg.Regional averageRegional averageRegional average9Lessons from the Aspen Prize:

Themes emerging from site visits to finalist colleges

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM10Themes characterizing the institutions that achieve exceptional outcomes for students: Strong leadership & visionClear pathways to credentials and other intentional structures to support students Intentional focus on improving teaching and learningConsistent, systematic, & strategic use of data to improve practiceIntegrated structures that link the college to the broader community for the benefit of studentsLessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM1111Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMTheme 1: Strong Leadership & VisionExceptional colleges have strong executive leaders who: Communicate a clear vision focused explicitly on student success, and ensure that all the institutions work and resources aim towards that goalInspire and sustain a change in culture towards innovation, data-informed practice, and shared responsibility for student successConsistently act in ways that make clear that their central concern is student success, including by taking risksDevelop strong external partnerships that support student success1212Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMWest Kentucky Community and Technical College President Barbara Veazey implemented a standardized reading assessment across the college and used the discouraging results to build urgency. Engaged faculty in a college-wide dialog about they might improve reading skills, and thus student outcomes overall. Leveraged that dialog into:A system where nearly every instructor in the college was part of a learning circle to develop, implement, and evaluate new college-wide strategies to teach readingDevelopment of defined learning outcomes, common course rubrics, and common final test questions used by multiple professorsA sustained, collaborative focus on the discipline of teaching and learning, which remains a signature element of the colleges cultureResult: Over 40% improvement in reading scores across the college.

Theme 1: Strong Leadership & Vision (example)

1313Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMLake Area Technical Institute

Every action taken by President Deb Shephard is aligned to a single goal: rigorously preparing students for in-demand careers.Shephard sets high expectations for all programs to communicate with stakeholders and deliver exactly what both students and industry need. Through unusually close relationships with employers, faculty design and continuously update programs and instruction so that students develop the right skills for their future jobs.Students engage in high levels of hands-on learning from the beginning of every class, so students are fully engaged in courses that closely simulate their future work environment.Result: 76% graduation rate and remarkably strong employment rates for graduates.Theme 1: Strong Leadership & Vision (example)1414Theme 2: Clear pathways and structures for student supportLessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMThe most effective of the Prize finalist colleges have built comprehensive student support systems crossing major functional or curricular divisions that historically did not work together. They have:

Built new pathways to success that eliminated pitfalls for students, including narrowly defined course sequences, fully integrated learning communities, and block program structures. Embedded high-impact support services within the classroom to ensure that all students receive core non-academic supports (e.g., advising, registration, tutoring, note-taking guidance, career counseling). Redesigned systems from scratch (one-stop shops, new registration centers, etc.) and implemented them college-wide rather than in small pilots.1515Theme 2: Clear pathways and structures for student support (example)Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMMiami-Dade College

Part of its work with Completion by Design addressed challenge of over 1,000 courses in hundreds of pathways with no clear direction for students

Engaged faculty and advisors in the design of structured course sequences

Established clear expectation for fundamental change, using data and leadership to create urgency Created time and space for faculty to learn from students and advisors, ensuring deep understanding of challenges of existing program structure

Result: New default curricula for five degree pathways, that, together, serve 60 percent of all new students

1616Theme 2: Clear pathways and structures for student support (example)Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMSanta Fe College

Created My Academic Plan, an online program that guides students through their entire academic program based on their degree goals and schedulesa structure that builds academic planning around students lives.MAP configures class schedules for students to select from based on their real-life schedules and degree goals. If they choose a course off their degree path, a warning alerts them. After two semesters, the MAP system insists that undecided students declare a program of study. Students can see at any point if the courses they are registering for will count toward transfer to dozens of four-year colleges, removing reliance on advising and helping students chart out a clear path to transfer.Result: very high rates of four-year transfer and bachelors degree attainment. 17DETAIL17Theme 3: Intentional focus on teaching & learningLessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

COLLEGE EXCELLENCE PROGRAMExceptional colleges set the expectation that faculty and staff will continually improve their own practices. They take seriously the scholarship of teac