On October 1, 2012, Central Carolina Community College was awarded a five-year, $1.65 million Title-III Strengthening Institutions Program grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant project is title The MAP to Higher Achievement: Maximizing Academic Persistence with a College Success Center.
We use this blog to communicate our project's progress. Any feedback or questions are welcomed at email@example.com.
Title III Project - Progress Blog
Project Goal 2: To develop and sustain high-performing employees who utilize technology to improve student achievement.
Project Goal 3: To champion the implementation of effective technologies to improve productivity and positively impact student retention, persistence, and graduation.
On June 2, 2015, Heather Taynor with Aviso Coaching visited Central Carolina
Community College to train success coaches, college advisors, dual enrollment
advisors (Career and College promise), and TRIO staff. Three training sessions where conducted: Best
Practices for CCW Advisors and Success Coaches, Best Practices for Department
Chairs, and Aviso Analytics – CCW Advisors, Success Coaches, and Department
Chairs. This training helped empower faculty
and staff to continue to use our Aviso early-alert software to ensure that
students are being retained from orientation to graduation. Overall, over 30 individuals attended at
least one of the three sessions.
Project Goal 1:
Project Goal 2:
Project Goal 3:
Over the course of only one year, it is clear that
as ACA instructors and success coaches have helped the overwhelming majority of
our students that are enrolled in ACA courses become acquainted with the
resources and skills that they need to be academically successful.
This success can greatly be attributed to the nearly 600 meetings that occurred this semester between success coaches and students.
Goal 1: To maximize student access and success with creation of the College Success Center.
Goal 3: To champion the implementation of effective technologies such as advising/early-alert (EA) software.
After only six days of registration, over 1,200 students have registered for summer and/or fall classes, compared to only 873 on Day six of spring 2014 registration (an increase of nearly 38%).
Goal 2: To develop and sustain high-performing employees who utilize technology to improve student achievement.
We are at it again!
In February, Central Carolina Community College was the first educational institution to receive the upgrade to Aviso 2.1. And the best thing about the upgrade? Most of the improvements came from suggestions from our Faculty and Staff!
Upgrading Aviso and making it better for students, faculty, and staff, helps CCCC move forward towards our new institutional goals from our Strategic Plan:
So what can we expect from the new and improved Aviso? Here are a few of the highlights:
: To maximize student access and success through creation of the College Success Center (CSC) that practices intentional student support and intrusive advising activities.To move the Title III project forward effectively, the College Success Center must continue to encourage participation in project activities that can encourage greater levels of persistence and graduation in alignment with goal #1. Beginning in February 2015, the Through in Two campaign slogan will be used throughout the continuation of the project to encourage students to participate in enhanced tutoring, to visit the Success Center, and to use the new Aviso academic advising system to plan and communicate with their academic advisors/success coaches.
Goal 3: To champion the implementation of effective technologies that improves productivity and positively impact student retention, persistence, and graduation.
Faculty and staff were notified about the Aviso Grade Alert schedule via this semester's Student Learning Matters newsletter. In accordance with project goal 3, we continue to improve our communication and cooperation with faculty to encourage consistent utilization of their Blackboard Grade Centers. Consisten updates in the Bb Grade Center ensure timely and accurate grade alerts sent to success coaches and advisors at key points during the semester.
Goal 1: To maximize student access and success through creation of the College Success Center (CSC) that practices intentional student support and intrusive advising activities.
When Central Carolina proposed its Title III grant in 2012, fall-to-fall retention was 51% and fall-to-spring retention averaged 60%. Over the past three years, with the implementation of the College Success Center, positive incremental increases have resulted from more intentional and intrusive advising methods at the college.
Enhancements to intentional methods of student support include grade and attendance alerts from the Aviso Early Alert and Academic Planning system throughout the semester. Additionally, the College Success Center uses automated phone calls that remind students to make tuition payment arrangements and to meet with their advisors to register for classes during key time periods. These efforts reduced non-payment de-registration from highs over 600-700 students in past semesters to just under 125 students this past spring.
Spring 2015 New Student Orientation was also a tremendous success. The college welcomed 94 new CCCC students last week during our day and evening session of NSO. Spring NSO attendance almost doubled from the previous academic year and faculty and staff involvement tripled. These numbers stand as firm evidence of the institutional commitment to first-year experience programming.
The combined Title III advising efforts helped push early registration numbers to an institutional high with over 1,011 (25% of the current study body) registering for Spring 2015 courses within the first three days of open registration, and over 60% had registered by the end of the Fall 2014 semester compared to previous highs of around 50%.
In addition to traditional registration e-mails and phone messages sent to students, the Title III team developed posters, radio and television ads, and social media blasts encouraging students to meet with their advisors. Faculty advisors were also presented with desk reference guides reminding them of advising best practices and stickers to distribute to students who registered early.
Project Goal 1:
To maximize student access and success through creation of the College Success Center (CSC) that practices intentional student support and intrusive advising activities.
The Title III team has taken significant strides toward enhancing the Academic Advising process at CCCC through first year experience courses and an advising marketing campaign.
First-Year Experience Courses
Our first year experience courses incorporated a Academic Advising Preparation Worksheet which helps students develop an online Aviso success plan and a full college and career success plan prompting them to work with an academic advisor. The new worksheets were introduced this semester and have already empowered students to strategically progress towards their individual academic and career goals.
Advising Marketing Campaign
The innovative and data-driven practices of the Title III project at Central Carolina have exceeded goals for grant years one and two. In response to the incredible progress, Central Carolina initiated a sub-division within the Student Learning Division: College Success and Student Transitions.To view a full presentation about Title III Years 1 and 2, click here or the image below to the right. In next month's blog, expect a preview of results from year 2 in relations to enrollment, retention, persistence, and graduation rates!
The Title III grant narrative called for the creation of a comprehensive College Success Center by year 2017. Due to the great progress of the Title III grant, the College Success and Student Transitions department was created during summer 2014 to formally unite all Title III services at an earlier-than-anticipated date.
This new department combines the College Success Center, Writing & Reading Center, and the enhanced tutoring services of the Academic Assistance Center into one department under the direction of our Title III Activities Director, Torry Reynolds, as Director of College Success and Student Transitions.