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Educational Access and Success

Potential Incubator Projects

Print friendly Modified September 9, 2013

The USG Incubator is a competitive program to identify and support promising campus ideas aligned to the work of Complete College Georgia. In 2013, all USG institutions were eligible to submit applications. This round focused on projects in the following areas: new models for learning, data-driven student engagement, partnerships, and success in gateway courses.

Recommendations for selection were made to USG by a panel of peers, experts from Institute of Higher Education at UGA, and system representatives. The following proposals are open for funding opportunities.

Category 1 Projects “Proof-of-Concept or Start-Up”

Clayton State University

“Cultivating Community-Campus Connections”

Clayton State University will infuse community service activity through all levels of their academic courses by offering core teams of faculty members the opportunity to redesign their course curriculum to integrate classroom learning with community projects.

Clayton State University

“Peer Academic Mentors for First-Year Writing”

Clayton State University will establish a Peer Academic Mentors (PAMs) program for high-risk students enrolled in the English 1101 courses. Mentors will provide reading and writing support to these students in order to increase their success in this course.

College of Coastal Georgia

“Coastal Connection Initiative”

College of Coastal Georgia will direct students into a degree pathway, connecting student’s career goals with courses. The college will also extend freshmen orientation and include a freshmen convocation, community service project and first year common read program.

Dalton State College

“Increasing Degree Completion for General Studies Majors through Intrusive Advising”

Dalton State proposes to target at-risk students by increasing the amount of individualized instruction targeted students receive in math, reading and writing to reduce the amount of time students spend in learning support.

Georgia Gwinnett College

“Am I On Track? Developing Pathways to Completion for GGC Students”

Georgia Gwinnett College will refine its traditional four-year, eight-semester suggested course sequences for its majors and develop alternate four-year sequences that include summer enrollment each year. These multi-semester course sequences for each major and concentration will support several needs: (a) identify both best-path options for timely degree completion, (b) identify critical points in each Pathway that impact time to completion, and (c) provide the framework to design and generate data reports to support programmatic decisions on course requirements, prerequisites, academic advising, and mentoring.

Georgia Southern University

“Eagle Incentive Program Transitions”

Historically, students who participate in Georgia Southern’s Eagle Incentive Program (EIP), a summer provisional-admission program, have considerably lower fall term GPAs than they do in the summer. This proposal seeks to create a more intentional, structured intervention program for EIP students in the fall semester to address the fall crash and the resulting problems that flow from it.

Kennesaw State University

“Adult Access Initiative”

The Kennesaw State University Adult Access Initiative (AAI) is a precollege training and transition service that addresses on level and remedial needs for prospective non-traditional students before taking the COMPASS Exam. The AAI promotes USG completion goals by helping students test out of learning support and start on level, thus removing remediation road blocks.

University of North Georgia

“Capacity Building to Strengthen Pathways to College”

The College of Education at the University of North Georgia, through its Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education (GACHE) has a long history of improving postsecondary enrollment rates among at-risk students in rural counties. UNG will focus on capacity building and infusing elements of GACHE’s best practice model into the college and career counseling process.

Category 2 Projects “Planning for Success in Gateway Courses”

Atlanta Metropolitan State College

“Literacy FIRST! Freshman Influenced by Reading Using Common Core Standards-Based Teaching Methods at the College Level”

The focus of the collaborative partnership between Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Georgia Perimeter College, Kennesaw State University, and MetroRESA is to realign curriculum in first-year courses in English and mathematics at USG access institutions using the CCGPS.

  • Project Lead: Sherrye Smith, Department Head, Division of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
  • Full Proposal

University System of Georgia Library Services

“Build and Present Knowledge for College Readiness: A High School Unit to Support CCGPS Research Standards”

A Collaborative team composed of a high school media specialist, college librarian, English Faculty member and composition faculty member will develop a unit of study that will address the “Build and Present Knowledge” CCGPS standards for literacy and research for K-12 students.