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AQIP Action Projects (2012-2013)

AQIP Action Project #1: Transitioning Adult Students

There are students who do not fit the traditional high school to college model. They can be GED or ESL students, parents with small children, older laid-off workers, people in need of training for new careers, or those looking for ways to update their skills and stay current in their careers. This project wants to examine, design and implement systems to accommodate the needs of these students so that they are able to enter and complete classes, programs and certificates using accelerated and supported models of course delivery.

This AQIP project is a high priority for the college because it will increase enrollments and completion rates. In turn, this will improve our adult students' access to career opportunities that can lead to improved wages. Additionally, it will highlight the contributions that adult students bring to the college and the community through their life experiences, expertise and leadership. Finally, a just-in-time model for job training and education is becoming necessary to meet the needs of employers and potential employees.

In order for CLC to remain competitive and relevant, we must constantly update the models and delivery systems used to help students who are on a different timeline than a traditional high school to college student. This project will create systems to keep CLC on the cutting edge of service and delivery for the non-traditional student and adult who may have different goals regarding time of completion, educational needs and family obligations that interfere with a standard college calendar system.

This activity is related to the AQIP category of Supporting Institutional Operations, and the college's goal of advancing student learning and success.

Project Leader: Mary Charuhas, Dean, Adult Basic Education, GED & ESL

AQIP Action Project #2: Student Success Project (SSP)

This AQIP project will implement strategies to address unique needs of first-generation students, part-time students, returning adult students and students falling below satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. These students are at increased risk of dropping out.

The college has been piloting programs including "academic coaches," who provide structured support services to help students manage family, work, financial aid and academic challenges. To do this, this project will:

  • create a continuum of services to support high-risk/special populations of students;
  • coordinate a student referral process by which staff and faculty can effectively work together to deliver services to students;
  • and train select groups of staff on the "coaching approach" or "academic coaching" to enhance their ability to help students.

Working in collaboration with the Barriers to Completion Project (below), SSP will pilot test student-intervention software intended to better identify students who need assistance that is intended to foster their academic success.

This activity is related to AQIP category of Supporting Institutional Operations, and to the college's goal of advancing student learning and success.

Project Leader: Teresa Aguinaldo, Interim Executive Director, Student Life

AQIP Action Project #3: Barriers to Completion - Phase II

The goal of this project is to identify and remove barriers to student completion in order to increase the number of CLC students who complete their associate degrees, certificates, and transferring to 4 year institutions. This project completed Part I this past year and is continuing into Part II for this year.

This goal aligns with President Obama's commitment to ensure that America will regain its lost ground and have the highest proportion of students graduating from college in the world by 2020. Today, the United States ranks twelfth in college graduation rates, with just 40.4% of people ages 25-34 holding a minimum of an associate degree.

Through this project the college will acquire software that enables faculty and student counselors to better identify students in need of intervention to help them succeed. It will develop a wait list for high-demand classes and a process for automatically awarding students certificates and degrees that they have earned.

This activity is aligned with the AQIP Category of Advancing Student Learning and Success. This Action Project also aligns with CLC's mission and objectives of Advance student learning and success (Goal 1), Enable a culture of innovation, excellence and continuous improvement (Goal 5), and Build the college's reputation as a premier educational institution (Goal 6).

Project Leaders:

  • Karen M. Hlavin, Assistant Vice President, Admissions & Records
  • Robert Twardock, Interim Dean, Engineering, Math and Physical Science

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