|MCC Chosen to Join National Project Aimed |
at Improving Student Success
ROCHESTER, N.Y. —Jan. 7, 2013— The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today that Monroe Community College is one of 10 community colleges—and the only New York school in this cohort—selected to join the Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project .
Part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative, AAC&U’s Roadmap Project assists community colleges in creating robust and proactive programs of academic support—tied to expected learning outcomes—that engage students at entrance and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success. The project seeks to “connect the dots” among the varied student support programs on community college campuses and create roadmaps for success applicable at multiple institutions. These roadmaps will be anchored in a set of expected learning outcomes essential for all students to succeed in life beyond college.
Made possible by a grant from MetLife Foundation, the Roadmap Project has been working over the past two years with a select group of 12 leadership institutions, including Queensborough Community College and Hostos Community College (both members of the City University of New York), that are developing institutional models in support of community college student success. Collectively, these leadership institutions are taking what are often isolated and independent student success efforts and creating an integrated roadmap to support student persistence and higher levels of academic achievement.
Funding from MetLife Foundation has enabled AAC&U to expand this initial group of institutions to include 10 community colleges in the project. Through a rigorous application and evaluation process, national leaders chose community colleges with constructive plans designed to improve student learning outcomes and create pathways to student success through evidence-based interventions and programs. Poised to become national models in supporting and advancing community college student success, the new cohort will begin developing and implementing plans in January 2013.
Each Roadmap institution will work to ensure that its student success programs are integrated with, and reinforced by, its own educational culture. Institutions will develop and coordinate practices and policies that support engaged learning, provide meaningful assessment data about student learning outcomes, and help build a community of support for high achievement.
This initiative also builds in the research sponsored as part of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative, including the research on high-impact educational practices that are proven to increase persistence, completion, and achievement of key learning outcomes especially for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
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