Promoting Student Success Southwest Texas

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Promoting Student Success Southwest Texas
Student Success
Does Not Arise By Chance
Yavapai College
August 11 , 2014
Vincent Tinto
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Syracuse University
[email protected]
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Student Success Does Not Arise By
Chance
Improvement in rates of student success requires
intentional, structured, and coordinated action that
brings together the actions of all people, programs,
and offices across campus.
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Where to Begin?
Focusing on those aspects of student
experiences that most directly influence
student success over which we have control,
especially during the first year of college.
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Promoting Student Success
➜ Expectations
– Clear, consistent, accurate information
• Knowing where to go and what to do
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Promoting Student Success
➜ Expectations
– Clear, consistent, accurate information
• Knowing where to go and what to do
– High expectations
• No one rises to low expectations
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Promoting Student Success
➜ Expectations
➜ Support
– Financial Support
– Academic Support
– Social Support
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Finding Academic Support
• Summer Bridge (e.g. El Paso CC)
• Student success course (e.g. Alamo CC; Valencia CC)
• Contextualized academic support
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Supplemental instruction (e.g. Austin CC; Tacoma CC)
Embedded academic support (e.g. I-Best)
Basic skills linked courses (e.g. Santa Barbara CC)
Accelerated learning (e.g. CC of Baltimore County)
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Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Freshman English
Instructor
Supplemental
Study Groups
A
Tutor A
B
C
D
Tutor B
Tutor C
Tutor D
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Basic Skills Linked Courses
ESL Developmental English
Accounting
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“The relationship between accounting and ESL
is helping a lot because the accounting
professor is teaching us to answer questions in
complete sentences, to write better. And we are
more motivated to learn vocabulary because it
is accounting vocabulary, something we want to
learn about anyway. I am learning accounting
better by learning the accounting language
better.”
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Finding Social Support
• Counselors
• Mentors
• Cohort programs
• First year learning communities
• Student clubs/organizations
• Personal contacts/connections
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Learning Communities and Social Support
“In the cluster we knew each other, we were
friends, we discussed everything from all the
classes. We knew things very, very well because
we discussed it all so much. We had discussions
about everything… it was like a raft running the
rapids of my life.”
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Promoting Student Success
➜ Expectations
➜ Support
➜ Assessment
and Feedback
- Entry assessment and placement
- Early warning
• Signals Project
• Predictive Analytics
- Classroom assessment
• One-minute paper
• Automated response systems
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Promoting Student Success
➜ Expectations
➜ Support
➜ Assessment
and Feedback
➜ Engagement
– Pedagogies of engagement
Cooperative learning, Problem/Project-based
learning (e.g. Patrick Henry CC, Richland College)
• Learning communities (e.g. Broward CC; DeAnza CC)
• Service learning
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“You know, the more I talk to other people about our
class stuff, the homework, the tests, the more I’m
actually learning... and the more I learn not only
about other people, but also about the subject
because my brain is getting more, because I’m
getting more involved with the other students in the
class. I’m getting more involved with the class even
after class.”
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Promoting Student Completion
Completion requires the timely completion of
many courses one after the other over time.
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Promoting Student Completion
• Removing curricular roadblocks (e.g. Lane CC)
• Building momentum in the first year of college
- Accelerated Learning (e.g. CC of Baltimore County)
- Modularization (e.g Tarrant County CC)
- Learning Communities (e.g. Kingsborough CC; DeAnza College)
- Constructing structured curricular pathways
that speed progress to degree completion
- Informed Choices / Meta majors (e.g Tallahassee CC)
- Structured pathways (e.g. Accelerate Texas; CUNY Accelerated Study
in Associate Programs-ASAP; Tennessee Tech Centers )
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Closing Thought:
Improved student success is attainable. But it takes
time and energy and the willingness of institutions to
invest in a course of action that endures and scales
up over time.
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