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14 Plays in 45 Days: Setting the Stage for Success by Addressing the Whole Student
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This very robust initiative is our University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In an effort to ultimately impact academic success, it proposes to address issues and challenges related to the “whole student.” The plan proposes activities that directly engage students as soon as they express an interest in the university. It also proposes activities that support and empower students to matriculate beyond the first year and ultimately progress to graduation. The primary thrust of this plan includes targeted interventions during the initial months of enrollment designed to help students have a strong acclimation to the University from the onset. TSU has identified a topic through its ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes, that include 14 key areas across campus ranging from Admissions, Financial Aid, Information Technology and Campus Engagement.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Medium-scale (reaches between 10 and 25 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 1200

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants are automatically enrolled in this program if they meet eligibility requirements

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES DATA: During COVID-19 we achieved the highest Fall to Fall persistence rate on record at our University, which was 68% (Fall 2020-2021).

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: The Quality Enhancement Plan Executive Committee

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Shermetra Imo at Shermetra.Imo@tsu.edu or 713-313-7293

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Texas Southern University
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Date Added:
09/15/2022
15/30/40+ Credit Hours Interventions
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In Southwest Texas Junior College's 15/30/40+ Credit Hours Interventions, Success Coaches meet with students whom are seeking an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science when they meet key credit milestones. Success Coaches meet with each student to monitor student progress and plan future courses to keep students on track using student planning at each marker of 15/30/40+. Transfer pathways are also part of student planning. 15/30/40+ are markers for retention and completion. Once a student reaches the 40+ credit mark, the college's transfer team contacts each student to discuss graduation and transfer

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Medium-scale (reaches between 10 and 25 percent of its target population)

HOW TO ENROLL: All stakeholders have access to this program. As such, there is no enrollment process

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Student Success Services

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Yesenia Silva at ymsilva@swtjc.edu or 830-591-7376

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Education
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Southwest Texas Junior College
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Ithaka S+R
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09/27/2022
ACC Career Scholars Program
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Austin Community College’s new, all-inclusive scholarship program supports students focused on starting a career immediately after ACC. Career Scholars receive financial and academic support while working toward a certificate or associate degree in an approved area of study. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees — for a total of $5,000 disbursed over a period of up to 3 years — and ensures recipients have the guidance and support they need to reach their goals. Career Scholars builds holistic support services around the students, with rich career service resources and academic support in an effort to 1) alleviate financial barriers that often prevent underserved student populations from attaining a higher ed credential; 2) support students academically while enhancing their career skills, and 3) give students exposure to potential internships with industry partners in their area of study. The unique Career Scholars program serves two categories of students: graduating high school seniors and current ACC adult learners. Participants in the High School Career Scholars program work toward a certificate or associate degree in a field that was identified by the Texas Workforce Commission as having high demand and earning potential. These fields are: Arts, Digital Media & Communications; Business; Computer Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering; Education; Health Care; Manufacturing/Skilled Trades; Public & Social Services. The Career Scholars Program for adults is open to adult learners interested in the following career areas, which have strong hiring and salary opportunities: Accounting/Bookkeeping; Computer Sciences; Health Care; Manufacturing; and Applied Tech/Skilled Trades.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Small-scale (reaches fewer than 10 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 282

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants must apply to enroll in this program

WEBSITE TO APPLY: https://www.austincc.edu/students/career-scholars

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes have been internally collected in the past

PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES DATA: Approximately 87% of students in the Fall 2021 Adult Career Scholars cohort and 80% of students in the High School Career Scholars cohort persisted to Spring 2022 or graduated, compared to the ACC district average of 73% among first time in college students.

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Student Affairs

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Kathy James at kjames@austincc.edu or 512-223-7327

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Education
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Austin Community College District
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Ithaka S+R
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09/27/2022
ACE it
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The ACE it program supports Brazosport College’s mission for student success. Through a structured, consistent, and collaborative mentoring relationship, students foster a sense of connectedness and take responsibility for developing their educational, career, and personal goals. ACE it involves a shared responsibility between student and ACE it coach that includes student learning outcomes as well as expectations for both student and ACE it coach.To achieve these goals, all first time at Brazosport College students are assigned an ACE it coach during their first semester. Coach and student meet several times to discuss goals, successes, needs and provide specific just-in-time referrals to campus resources. Coach and student work together to identify career possibilities which inform a customized long range educational plan. Students are assigned coaches based upon shared professional and career interests so that the coach offers career mentorship while also supporting student adjustment to college life. ACE it coaching leverages the Appreciative Advising framework within a mandatory, intrusive approach that ensures all students get the holistic support and connections to succeed.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 1703

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants are automatically enrolled in this program if they meet eligibility requirements

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES DATA: Being selected for ACE it is associated with a 6 percentage point increase in retention and a 0.12 increase in first semester GPA for first time in college, degree-seeking students.

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: ACE it

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Sasha Tarrant at sasha.tarrant@brazosport.edu or 9792303504

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Education
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Brazosport College
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Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/27/2022
ACTIVATE
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Achieving Completion through Innovation Vision and Team Engagement (ACTIVATE) is a program especially designed for men of color at Texarkana College (TC). ACTIVATE will serve 10-12 students each year with the goal of matriculation at TC. Students in ACTIVATE will be a part of a cohort that seeks to equip them with the necessary skills to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. ACTIVATE includes mentoring, community engagement, financial literacy training, leadership development, weekly meetings, materials for instruction, and a stipend scholarship. ACTIVATE participants have the opportunity to build communication and relationship skills through peer mentoring and collaboration with Texas A&M University-Texarkana Personal Achievement through Help (PATH) program participants.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Small-scale (reaches fewer than 10 percent of its intended target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 0

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants must apply to enroll in this program

WEBSITE TO APPLY: www.texarkanacollege.edu/activate

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Student Success, Retention, and TRIO-EOC

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Lee Williams III at lee.williams@texarkanacollege.edu or 9038233016

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Texarkana College
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022
ACUE Effective Teaching Practices Course
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The ACUE Effective Teaching Practices course enables faculty to learn and implement approaches that improve student engagement and persistence and promote deeper learning. This 25-module course covers research-based practices in 5 areas: 1) Designing an Effective Course; 2) Establishing a Productive Learning Environment; 3) Using Active Learning Strategies; 4) Promoting Higher Order Thinking; and 5) Assessing to Inform Instruction & Promote Learning. This course was independently validated and is endorsed by the American Council on Education.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Medium-scale (reaches between 10 and 25 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 26

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants must apply to enroll in this program

WEBSITE TO APPLY: https://acue.org/programs/faculty/

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes have been externally collected in the past

PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES DATA: Faculty reported at 95% or higher for each module the content learned was worthwhile and they have implemented or plan to implement.

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Academic Affairs: Associate Provost for Academic Success

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Colleen Swain at cswain@uttyler.edu or 903.565.5898

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The University of Texas at Tyler
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Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022
Academic Achievers Program
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The Academic Achievers Program (AAP) was established in 1994. The program's mission is to recruit underrepresented students and increase retention and graduation rates. Members of the Academic Achievers Program are provided with an annual scholarship, tutoring, mentoring, time-management skill sessions, career guidance, and leadership skills. The Academic Achievers Program's support services are crucial to the students' ability to remain in college and successfully graduate from the University of Houston.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program is in-person only.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 74

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants must apply to enroll in this program

WEBSITE TO APPLY: www.uh.edu/class/cmas

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes have been internally collected in the past

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Center for Mexican American and Latino/a Studies

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Fely Aguilar at faguilar@uh.edu or 713-743-0914

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University of Houston
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Ithaka S+R
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07/08/2022
Academic Coaching for Conditionally Admitted Students
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Academic Coaching for Conditionally Admitted Students is a program developed for incoming students who do not meet admission criteria. We offer individual meetings with trained professional and peer academic coaches to support students in developing and implementing new approaches and strategies to avoid academic probation or suspension and continue enrollment beyond their first year. Academic coaches work with students to identifying goals, develop effective learning strategies, and create and monitor action plans for academic success.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Medium-scale (reaches between 10 and 25 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 96

HOW TO ENROLL: All stakeholders have access to this program. As such, there is no enrollment process

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: STAR Services

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Rachel Hoover at rhoover@lamar.edu or 409-880-7202

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Lamar University
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Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022
Academic Recovery (UNIV 2001 and UNIV 3001)
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Students on academic probation or academic suspension are provided zero-hour, course-based support for academic recovery. Course curriculum and activities align with activities that lead to academic success in the students' other courses. Students meet with an academic recovery coach, receive coordinated care from other offices such as counseling services, engage with tutors for coursework, and more. All support is available both in-person and virtually. UNIV 2001, for students on academic probation, and UNIV 3001, for students on academic suspension, are designed for students to regain good academic standing, thereby increasing credit accumulation, increasing GPA, and decreasing time to completion.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 1064

HOW TO ENROLL: All students not in good academic standing are able to enroll in the zero-hour course

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally and externally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Academic Success Center

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Mary Catherine Breen at mxb079@shsu.edu or 936.294.3147

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Sam Houston State University
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Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/16/2022
Academic Success Center Embedded Tutors
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The Academic Success Center's embedded tutoring program provides equitable access to academic support by aligning support between the instructor, the tutor, and the course content. Embedded tutors provide support to students enrolled in gateway courses such as MATH 1314 College Algebra, CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I, MATH 1420 Calculus, and more. The Academic Success Center identifies potential equity gaps in end-of-course outcomes and provides scaffolded and aligned academic support using in- and out-of-class tutoring. Tutors provide in-class support during classroom practice and activities, particularly in active learning classrooms. Tutors provide out-of-class support in study groups, one-on-one tutoring sessions, and review sessions. Tutoring services are located in a centralized tutoring and mentoring center inside the campus library to provide access to connect students to different support services. All tutoring is also available online.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 1577

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants are automatically enrolled in this program if they meet eligibility requirements

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally and externally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Academic Success Center

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Mary Catherine Breen at mxb079@shsu.edu or 936.294.3147

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Education
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Sam Houston State University
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/16/2022
Academic Support Center
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The mission of the Academic Support Center is to provide students with a variety of opportunities and services intended to assist them toward successful completion of college-level requirements in attaining their educational goals. Through helping students develop needed skills and knowledge, our programs seek to add educational and occupational value to each individual.

We offer individual and group tutoring to all students at Weatherford College. We keep tutors on staff who can assist in the areas of Math, English, Accounting, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Economics, Government, History, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Reading, Study Skills, and Test Preparation

We also offer various workshops to help students improve their learning strategies.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 1252

HOW TO ENROLL: All stakeholders have access to this program. As such, there is no enrollment process

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Department of Education

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Shannon Stoker at sstoker@wc.edu or 817-598-6372

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Education
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Weatherford College
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Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022
Academic Support Referral (Early Alert)
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The Academic Support Referral (ASR) acts as an early alert system which is designed to increase students' persistence and promote the development of the intellectual and affective domains to improve how students learn. The University of Houston, Clear Lake is committed to make certain that students, faculty and staff are aware of the educational and academic support programs offered to students and has implemented a retention program through the Academic Support Referral. This program is managed by the Student Success Center (SSC). I feel everyone at the university has a vested interest in student success.
The Academic Support Referral exemplifies how the University of Houston, Clear Lake is an academic community, in every sense of the word. We come together to support those who are in need of assistance and to support student learning.

The Academic Support Referral program allows faculty to be proactive and involved in assisting with the student retention efforts, through the early detection and intervention of students who are experiencing problems that may affect their academic performance.

Academic Support Referrals are for student(s) for which faculty has a concern(s) and/or do not feel that you as faculty can provide the additional out-of-class support the student may need. The Student Success Center will contact the student, share the faculty member's concern(s), and the SSC will provide recommendations. Students will receive an alert email once faculty submits an ASR due to the following concerns:
• Excessive absences
• Missing tests or assignments
• Failure to complete homework
• Classroom behavior
• Tardiness
• Low scores on tests/assignments/quizzes

After the request is sent, the Assistant Director of the Student Success Center will contact the student within 72business hours (the SSC will make multiple attempts to contact the student). In addition, the Student Success Center will notify you, the instructor, as well as the student on the plans we deem necessary to assist the student personally and/or academically.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)

HOW TO ENROLL: All stakeholders have access to this program. As such, there is no enrollment process

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes have been internally collected in the past

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Student Success Center

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Jorge Tennin at tennin@uhcl.edu or 2812832454

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Education
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University of Houston-Clear Lake
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/16/2022
Achievement Initiative for Minority Males (A.I.M.M.)
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The A&M-San Antonio Achievement Initiative for Minority Males seeks to increase retention, graduation, engagement, and overall success of ethnic minority males by providing life skills training and development for an improved educational experience and quality of life. During the program, participants are expected to increase their knowledge and skills in the following areas: Time Management; Academic and Leadership Development; Personal & Professional Branding; Mental & Physical Health; Financial Literacy; and Civic Responsibility. AIMM identifies and utilizes academic-related resources and tools to support its member's academic performance in the classroom and provides opportunities for participants to connect with campus resources, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the San Antonio community.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Medium-scale (reaches between 10 and 25 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 15

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants must apply to enroll in this program

WEBSITE TO APPLY: https://tamusa.campuslabs.com/engage/

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes have been internally and externally collected in the past

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Office of Student Involvement

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Jarrick Brown at jbrown@tamusa.edu or 2107841424

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Education
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Texas A&M University-San Antonio
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Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022
Advisors on the Loose at Northeast Lakeview College
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The goal of "Advisors on the Loose" is to provide registration and advising information to students, with an objective of registering 80% of currently enrolled students for the subsequent term before the end of the current term. Once registration opens for the subsequent term, advisors begin "Advisors on the Loose." Advisors are provided an iPad. A registration lab is open while "Advisors on the Loose" is being conducted. Advisors, in pairs, go throughout the campus talking with students to inform them registration is open. Advisors are able to check student records by utilizing the iPad. They hand out a snack with registration lab information so students can go to the lab to register. Advisors are also able to connect with students by providing them quick advising information and providing them direction on how to connect with their assigned advisor.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program is in-person only.

PROGRAM SCALE: Medium-scale (reaches between 10 and 25 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 894

HOW TO ENROLL: No enrollment is needed

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Advising

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Georgia Flores at gflores294@alamo.edu or 210-486-5605

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Education
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Northeast Lakeview College
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/27/2022
Aggies Thrive
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The Aggies Thrive Program is intended to give select students an opportunity to continue their education at Texas A&M University, when otherwise they would have been dismissed due to academic deficiency. Participation in Thrive requires adherence to the academic probation guidelines set forth by Transition Academic Programs (TAP), the office responsible for the General Studies (GEST) transitional major.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program is in-person only.

PROGRAM SCALE: No, we do not have plans to change the program within the next two years.

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 151

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants must apply to enroll in this program

WEBSITE TO APPLY: https://aitsapps.tamu.edu/tapapp/ThriveForm.aspx

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Transition Academic Programs (TAP)

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Neva Hughes or Dr. Arthur Watson at neva.hughes@tamu.edu or 979-845-5916

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Education
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Texas A & M University-College Station
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/27/2022
Alamo Institutes/Experiential Learning
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One example of an event related to Alamo Institutes/Experiential Learning is the Dining Etiquette Luncheon. The Northeast Lakeview College, Career Engaged Learning Office supports career development and experiential learning by hosting the Dining Etiquette Luncheon.

Students are guided through a three-course meal with a formal place setting, while offered instruction on proper greetings, networking, contemporary etiquette, and the mechanics of formal dining.

This guided experience provides an opportunity for students to learn common protocols of dining etiquette, to enhance their professional image, helping to equip students with the social capital to navigate situations, in which knowledge of formal dining is essential, particularly during professional meetings and conferences.

The Career Engaged Learning Office works with faculty in the business and speech departments, in addition to the Office of Student Life, to promote this event to targeted groups of students. The targeted population for this event are students with pre-majors in the Business & Entrepreneurship Institute, students enrolled in the course, Business & Professional Communication, and members of the Male Excellence Network.

The learning outcome of the event is intended for students to report an increased confidence in professional networking and increased confidence in navigating a formal meal. Related to experiential learning, a reflective component allows students to elaborate on how they could apply the acquired knowledge in future career settings.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program is in-person only.

PROGRAM SCALE: Small-scale (reaches fewer than 10 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 42

HOW TO ENROLL: All stakeholders have access to this program. As such, there is no enrollment process

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Career Engaged Learning Office

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Peggy Chavez at pchavez65@alamo.edu or 210.486.5143

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Education
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Northeast Lakeview College
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/27/2022
Applied Learning Experiences (ALEs)
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Applied Learning Experiences (ALEs) are academic, and non-academic, transformative learning experiences designed to engage students in active and reflective learning to further develop beyond-disciplinary skills and expand students’ perspectives of self, community, and global environments.

With the guidance and mentoring of faculty and staff, students will think critically and articulate the broader impact of these activities, and learn to articulate the value of their experiences. The result will be a distinctive collegiate experience that prepares the student for life beyond college. The Applied Learning Experiences (ALE) categories are: Service Learning, Scholarly Activity, Internship/Practicum, Leadership, Discipline Knowledge, Cultural Enrichment

By successfully completing at least three of these approved activities across at least two categories, students will earn an ALE cord to wear at graduation.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

HOW TO ENROLL: All stakeholders have access to this program. As such, there is no enrollment process

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Center for Educational Excellence

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Soncee Heard at heard@tarleton.edu or 254-968-1607

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Education
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Tarleton State University
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022
Appreciative Advising
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As the conceptual framework for advising practices at Texarkana College, Appreciative Advising has contributed to TC becoming a recognized leader in graduation rates in the state of Texas. Best practices associated with Appreciative Advising have also influenced the development and implementation of Guided Pathways practices and documents at the college.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 1830

HOW TO ENROLL: All stakeholders have access to this program. As such, there is no enrollment process

EVALUATION STATUS: No data related to outcomes have been collected from this program

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Office of Enrollment

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Dr. Dixon Boyles at dixon.boyles@texarkanacollege.edu or 903-823-3192

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Education
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Texarkana College
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/16/2022
Ascender
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The Ascender program began at Austin Community College in 2015. The mission of the program is to increase the educational attainment of Latinx students and other underserved communities in order to close equity gaps. That is, the Ascender program seeks to move ACC from a Hispanic serving institution to a Hispanic graduating institution by accelerating Latinx students, who are overrepresented in developmental education, to college-level coursework, and providing a structure of support to increase persistence and graduation. Ascender provides students with the academic, social, and leadership opportunities they need to graduate from community college, transfer and earn bachelor's degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors. The Ascender program is structured as a first-year experience program that provides wrap-around services including academic, student success, and community engagement components. Familia is at the heart of each component of the program. For instance, students move through their coursework as a learning community, developing affective and social bonds that ease their transition to college. In addition to the learning communities that provide support in academic coursework, Ascender hosts events, such as the Noche de Familia (family night), field trips to colleges/universities, motivational conferences, and other cultural events to further cohere the sense of belonging students feel at ACC. Because many Ascender students are first-generation college students, Ascender provides one-on-one mentoring through a volunteer mentoring program designed to introduce students to a network of role models and coaches that helps guide their first-year college experience. The network of Ascender mentors helps to facilitate greater navigation of sometimes challenging institutional structures.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Small-scale (reaches fewer than 10 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 132

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants must apply to enroll in this program

WEBSITE TO APPLY: https://www.austincc.edu/ascender

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Student Affairs

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Alejandra Polcik at amarti11@austincc.edu or 512-223-1418

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Education
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Austin Community College District
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022
Aspire to be Hired
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North Central Texas College’s (NCTC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Aspire to be Hired, focuses on students’ employability skill development through evidence-based training modules embedded into the course curriculum and structured support opportunities. The program promotes students’ marketability and preparedness by 1) building their awareness of the importance and impact of employability skills, 2) improving their ability to articulate these skill sets, and 3) offering opportunities to apply professional skills and knowledge. The overarching goal of NCTC’s QEP Aspire to be Hired is to remove barriers and reduce the skills gap to improve students’ long-term employability. Students who enroll in QEP identified CTE courses are automatically participants in the program. Students complete a specific QEP Professional Skills assignment as a part of the course content, and Career Coaches in the Career Service Center provide structured student services. The QEP was launched in three career and technical divisions for pilot in 2020 and 2021- Information Technology, Business Management, and HVAC.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Medium-scale (reaches between 10 and 25 percent of its target population)

APPROXIMATE PARTICIPANTS SERVED IN 2021-22: 2781

HOW TO ENROLL: Participants are automatically enrolled in this program if they meet eligibility requirements

EVALUATION STATUS: Data related to program outcomes are currently being internally collected

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Career Services Center

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Amy Klohn at aklohn@nctc.edu or 940-498-6416

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
North Central Texas College
Author:
Ithaka S+R
Date Added:
09/15/2022