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WE S T CH E S T E R C OMMUN I T Y C O L L E G E

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ALL OUR DECISIONS MUST BE GUIDED

BY HOW BEST TO SERVE STUDENTS

AND WE ARE ANSWERING THAT CALL.

WE ACHIEVE THIS THROUGH VARIOUS

STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVES LIKE:

Multiple Measures—conducted with the Center for the

Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness at the Community

College Research Center at Teachers College Columbia;

ALEKS and Quantway are two innovative developmental

instructional approaches our math faculty members are

using to improve outcomes for students in Mathematics;

the investment in our Coaching Connection program funded

through our Perkins grant and Wallach grant is connecting

students closest to graduation to key support services

to help them to finish;

a revamped First Year Experience that requires orientation

and a freshman seminar;

a new early warning system will identify students heading

for danger points which will provide our staff the information

they need to provide support at critical stages;

And new approaches to maximize learning – like applied

learning, project-based learning, and theme-based learning

such as the food theme that we’ll be focusing on for the next

three years through our general education initiatives.

Guidance received during our successful Middle States

Commission on Higher Education accreditation and Achieving

the Dream visits last fall reaffirm that we are on the right track

in our collective work to improve our programs, policies, and

systems.

Last commencement represented our largest graduating class in

70 years withmore than 1,800 graduates! In a littlemore than 20

months, we greatly increased the three-year graduation rate of

our students by five percentage points as part of our

completion focus.

Our cross-functional Strategic Enrollment Management Team,

curriculum chairs, faculty, and staff, stand at the ready to further

move that needle another 15 points in the next five years.

Our highly successful fall 2016 Student Success and

Academic Excellence Summit outlined new opportunities

for improvement. Among the most highly valued ideas is

the creation of a cohesive first year experience where a

comprehensive Viking experience – a signature experience – is

clearly defined and offered to incoming students. When we

applied to the Arnold Foundation for a $1 million grant, we had

the audacious idea that we could also double our graduation

rates as was done in the City University of New York through

the Accelerated Study in Associate Programmodel – the ASAP

Model – and we wanted to adapt that kind of learning to our

institution and give that opportunity to our students. But

STUDENT

& ACADEMIC EXCELLE

success