April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2

Academics

Diana Bien-Aime
Financial Aid Director Chimene Garrison, right, a member of the MDC3 subcommittee on college-level curriculum, discusses strategies to improve student success.

Collegewide Initiative on Student Completion in Full Gear

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The MDC3 Student Success and Completion Initiatives have involved the entire College community in developing an integrated set of policies and procedures to significantly impact graduation rates.

Student success is at the heart of Miami Dade College’s mission to change lives through the opportunity of education. Nowhere is this more evident than in the College’s MDC3 Student Success and Completion Initiatives, which have involved the entire College community in developing an integrated set of policies and procedures to significantly impact graduation rates.

“We hope that through these new initiatives we will make it as efficient as possible for students to complete some type of degree or certificate,” said MDC3 Executive Director Dr. Lenore Rodicio.

Total Involvement

Through a series of town hall-style meetings, focus groups and planning retreats that have engaged hundreds of students, faculty and administrators, the College has identified areas where improvements would help student completion for all three types of learners served by the College: those who are college-ready; the developmental education students who need some level of remediation in various course areas; and students who fall into the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) category, which trains speakers of other languages to use English appropriately for study.

Some of the emerging strategies for enhancing students’ experience include better assessment of skills and weaknesses to make sure students, especially those in remedial classes, get the appropriate focus on areas where they need the most help.

Increasing Advisor Input

Observation and feedback also have indicated that students would benefit from more contact with advisors.

“Right now, our students are relatively free to self-advise,” Rodicio said. “They could easily start taking courses that don’t really align with what they want to continue to study when they transfer to a four-year institution. The students need more structure in the way advisement occurs and the way we provide information to them, including more follow-up throughout their college career, and not just at orientation.”

This admirable initiative builds upon and integrates the exciting work that is already under way at the College and is augmented by support from granting sources such as the Completion By Design grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Latino Student Success Initiative.

— AMS


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