2002 Award Winners
Chaffey College: Basic Skills Transformation Project
The Basic Skills Transformation Project is a five-year program primarily utilizing Partnership for Excellence funds. The Project engages in a comprehensive and systemic change in the method of addressing basic skills education by reconstituting the way the college meets the needs of students who come arrive at the college under-prepared for collegiate-level work. Chaffey College under took a long-term, cohesive course of action to fundamentally alter the flow of energy within its institution. This effort has refocused budget, facilities, and organizational structure as well as assessment/placement, curriculum, instruction, academic support services, and staff development. This program includes an extensive assessment component that has documented success for all demographic groups.
DeAnza College: Math Performance Success (MPS)
MPS offers students a team approach to success, particularly for those who have had difficulty in previous math courses. Instructors, counselors and tutor/mentors collaborate to help students complete their mathematics requirements. Students in the program receive increased hours of instruction; tutoring both in and out of class; and academic and personal counseling. In one academic year, this program takes students from elementary algebra through college-transferable math course.
Bakersfield College: Learning is a 2-Way Street (L2WS)
L2WS is a community college/high school collaborative team approach in teacher recruitment, professional development, and student achievement. The Project three goals: increase the number of high school students prepared for college-level math and science classes; provide professional development activities for math teachers at Delano High school; and recruit future teachers, particularly in the areas of math and science. This Project provides an excellent example of community college faculty working with the high school faculty to provide academic opportunities that were not available to underrepresented students.
Grossmont College: The Student Success Plan
The Grossmont's College EOPS Student Success Plan was initiated in Fall 2001 and is currently in its second year. The plan incorporates student success strategies for retention of students who are identified as one of the most at-risk groups:; those who are both academically and educationally disadvantaged; and on academic probation. Through assessment and counseling, an individual Student Success Plan is developed and co-signed by both the student and the counselor. Follow up and intervention is provided throughout the semester with dramatic results. The percentage of students who have succeeded has been impressive retention out of 67% as opposed to 16% more for this population. Students with a history of non-persistence continue to take classes and have real hopes of transferring to a four-year institution.
Los Medanos College: Developmental Education Teaching and Learning Center
The Developmental Education Program is a decentralized, yet highly coordinated model of development education serving students, particularly those who do not yet possess the prerequisite skills to successfully pursue a course of study leading to a certificate, degree or transfer. This Program promotes the principle that students who benefit from developmental education are capable learners whose difficulty lies not in their ability but in their preparation. Its mission is to provide students with a coordinated curriculum and comprehensive support services that will engage, challenge and support them as learners. This program includes an assessment component that has documented its success.
Santa Barbara City College: Student Health Services & Wellness Program (SHSWP)
SHSWP is one of the fundamental support services for student success. This Program addresses the many critical health issues facing today's college student that include alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, eating disorders, sexual health issues, stress management, health advocacy and a myriad of other health issues. The program utilizes a unique comprehensive health model that integrates a strong mental health component, a broad-based health education and prevention program, as well as an active collaboration with academic curriculum theory. The medical, psychological and health education components of this program have proven to be an essential support service for student success and retention.