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Wisconsin will become the 14th state to implement a Student Success
Center. The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) received
a $1.3-million, three-year grant from Great Lakes Higher Education
Corporation & Affiliates to implement the center. The W TCS Student
Success Center will build a cohesive approach to policy advocacy
across the state’s community colleges, ensuring that that resources are
spent efficiently and reforms help as many students as possible earn
postsecondary credentials. Student outcomes data will be analyzed and
shared, and a set of common policy goals will be developed, prioritizing
completion for all students.
Jobs for the Future will provide technical assistance. Other state
and local partners will be engaged in this effort, including local K- 12
and workforce and economic development organizations.
Progress for AACC
The 30 colleges participating in the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Pathways Project
have committed to redesigning their programs and
support services by fall 2018 using the guided pathways model. The Community College Research Center
(CCRC), part of the Teachers College at Columbia
University, issued a report looking at the progress of
these colleges in mapping pathways to student end
goals, helping students choose and enter a program
pathway, keeping students on their path and ensuring that students are learning. Between the beginning
and end of 2016, Pathways colleges made progress
in several areas, including clearly mapping programs, offering supports to underprepared students,
monitoring students’ progress and clearly defining
San Jacinto College (Texas) is redesigning its new
student orientation to focus on helping students
choose a program. Florida’s St. Petersburg College lists
all credential options for its “career and academic communities” online, and includes maps—or pathways—
for each program. The maps have transfer plans for
bachelor’s programs offered by partner universities.
And faculty at Lansing Community College in Michigan have established three math pathways. They’ve
also outlined the content of each pathway and how it
aligns with career- and transfer-oriented fields.
CCRC’s report includes several more examples of progress at Pathways colleges. Access the
report here: bit.ly/2o7ZHbh.
N.Y. legislators approve
New York’s new scholarship program is aimed at helping middle
class families afford college. With the Excelsior Scholarship, state
college or university tuition is covered for in-state students whose
families earn $125,000 or less. The “last-dollar” program is unique be-
cause it covers four-year tuition, while most tuition-free programs,
such as the Tennessee Promise, cover tuition at two-year colleges.
When Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation enacting the
scholarship in April, he said college “is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”
There is a catch with the New York program, though: After grad-
uation, students must remain in the state for as many years as they
received the benefit. If they move out-of-state before then, they must
pay back the scholarship.
Online learning has greatly improved access to education, but there are still challenges. This is according to survey results published in the Instructional
Technology Council’s (I TC) Annual National eLearn-ing Report. Among the challenges facing e-learning
programs are student readiness, faculty training,
quality course design and student completion. For
e-learning administrators, issues occur with addressing accessibility and universal design. In fact, for 2016,
only 37 percent of respondents were confident they
were either completely or mostly compliant. Another
issue for administrators: getting the support staff
needed for training and technical assistance.
Access the full report here: bit.ly/2pTKpr7.
ITC is an affiliate council of AACC.