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1 Student Success Initiatives Supplemental Instruction Leaders Learning Communities Success in College and Life Course Fall 2007

2 2 Supplemental Instruction Leaders  Coordinated by Mary Turner and Pat Stowe  14 leaders in the fall  Supported students in English, history, political science, computer science, engineering, and math  SI leaders were used in two of the Learning Communities.

3 3 SI Leaders  Attendance logs are not routinely kept by all SI leaders, but that is area being worked on.  A tutoring area has been created in the Library-new this fall!  SI Leaders training sessions are held.  Faculty and students are recruited for this program.

4 4 SI-Spring  The same courses will be served in the spring (English, history, political science, computer science, engineering, and math)  Additional support will be provided in in developmental math and college algebra  Other programs planned for spring: general zoology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, art, CAT, and GCOM.

5 5 Spring Possibilities  Spanish, cadaver anatomy, and some developmental writing sections  The academic divisions have agreed to handle PAFs and time sheets for the SI leaders in the appropriate divisions.

6 6 Learning Skills and SI’s  Challenges  Finding and recruiting appropriate students to be Supplemental Instruction Leaders  Encouraging students to use the SI’s.  Mixed results over the years

7 7 Learning Communities  Three Fall Communities:  College Writing II/College Reading II/Success in College and Life  English Composition I/American History Since the Civil War  English Composition/Introduction to Sociology  73 enrolled; 62 were still enrolled at the end of the semester

8 8 Fall LC’s  All sections were taught by full time faculty.  Enrollment was speedy in two LCs: CWII/CRII/Success and Comp I/Hist.  Students were surveyed in class. 44 responded.  LC Survey Fall Results Handout 1 LC Survey Fall Results Handout 1  LC Survey Fall Results Handout 2 LC Survey Fall Results Handout 2

9 9 Learning Communities Survey  Why did you enroll in this learning community? Check all applicable responses.  ___24___ The times fit my schedule.  ___19___ The courses were on my degree plan.  ___26___ An advisor or some other person at the college suggested it.  ___14___ I was interested in the concept of learning communities.  ___13___ I felt the learning communities would benefit me.  ___2___ I saw a flyer or read about the learning communities in the Pioneer.  ___6___ Other—please explain.

10 10 Survey Question  Do you feel that participating in the learning community sections has helped you? Check the applicable responses.  _27__ The LC sections have helped me to make friends.  _16_ I feel more connected to OCCC because of the LC classes.  _33_ I feel more connected to my LC instructors because they attended each of the classes.  _28_ The class size was helpful to me.  _12_ Compared to regular classes, participating in the LC classes helped me to improve my grades in the LC courses.  _30__ I liked having the classes in the same classroom.  _3__ Other—please explain.

11 11 Survey  Would you enroll in another learning community in the future if it fit your schedule and degree plan? _42_____ yes __1____ no If you answered no, please explain.  Would you recommend a learning community to a friend? __41___ yes _2____ no

12 12 Survey Comments  “Teachers were helpful with the other class.”  “I like how the instructors also participate in the other instructor’s class by doing the same assignments we have to do.”  “It made me feel more comfortable asking questions and made the teachers seem more accessible.”

13 13 Challenges  Enrollment  Targets first time freshmen, so word-of- mouth does not help  Choosing appropriate pairs of courses  Finding compatible and enthusiastic faculty members

14 14 Success in College and Life SCL ,521 enrollments for SCL 1001 in Fall Seven (7) Incompletes were given and these are excluded, which brings the enrollments to 1,514. Following are the grade frequencies:  A 641  B 226  C 150  D 84  F 261  W 152

15 15 Success Statistics  67.2% received a grade of A, B, or C, and are successful according to AtD standards. This means that approximately 2 of every 3 students were successful in completing a course that OCCC has specifically designed to help students be successful in their college experience and in life.

16 16 Evaluations  Special evaluation form was used.  Results of on-campus evaluations are attached.  Students indicated that the area of greatest interest in both the online and on campus classes was time management skills.  The second area was study strategies.

17 17 Enrolled For Spring  59.2% (896) of the total 1,514 are enrolled for Spring  74.2% (755) of the Atd successful 1,017 are enrolled for Spring  29.2% (145) of the Atd unsuccessful 497 are enrolled for Spring  (1/4/2008)

18 18 Curriculum  A task force developed the basic curriculum in spring,  Minor changes were made for spring, 2008 based on feedback from instructors. Additional activities were added also.  Instructors are asked to emphasize group building, skill development, and activity- oriented assignments.

19 19 Future Plans/Challenges  Retention—improve the 67% success rate.  Hire a dynamic coordinator/faculty member.  Revise curriculum again after the spring semester and probably throughout next year.  Continue the instructor meetings to share successes and areas of improvement.


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