With a Roadmap in hand, Miami Dade College Paves the Way for a Smoother Path for New Students
Miami, August 19, 2013 -
Incoming students at Miami Dade College (MDC) will be supported through newly-created grant initiatives aimed at helping them achieve their academic goals. The Roadmap to Completion pilot program was established to connect faculty, students, and student affairs by utilizing the existing academic progress alert system and intrusive advising to address issues and promote student achievement.
The initiative, part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Developing a Community College Student Roadmap project, began two years ago. It studied the college’s inventory of student success practices and interventions, and sought to identify opportunities where strategic enhancements could possibly lead to greater student achievement. At MDC, the research found that college students who successfully complete 50-percent or more of the courses required for their program of study within one year are more than twice as likely to earn their degree. MDC is using this foundation to build its Student Achievement Initiatives.
“Being intentional about heightening collaborations between faculty and student services has been most instrumental in furthering our student success initiatives,” said Malou C. Harrison, interim president of the North Campus. “We’re pleased our MDC Roadmap to Completion project was recently highlighted in AAC&U’s spring 2013 publication, Peer Review: Emerging Trends and Key Debates in Undergraduate Education.”
The Roadmap pilot was able to address students’ academic and life issues, and also to reinforce the college’s student learning outcomes, by helping students develop an Individualized Education Plan; receive referral for tutoring; engage in service learning, internships, and student organizations; and access a host of high impact support services.
Future plans will focus on evidence and intentionality of Student Services’ contribution to MDC’s student learning outcomes. The project will utilize education plans, reflection activities, and ePortfolios to further student learning and achievement.
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