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August 2010 Issue

Georgia Perimeter College and Gainesville State College Chosen for National Project

Georgia Perimeter College and Gainesville State College Chosen for National Project

In early August, Georgia Perimeter (GPC) and Gainesville State College (GSC) announced that they have been chosen, as two of twelve schools, by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for a new initiative funded by the MetLife Foundation.

The initiative, “Developing a Community College Student Roadmap: From Entrance to Engagement in Education Achievement and Success”, is a part of the MetLife Foundation’s commitment to improving the success of community college students.

“We at GSC are very excited to be selected and to participate in this national project,” remarked GSC President Martha T. Nesbitt.  “We are already focused on student success, and this initiative will enhance our emphasis for the current academic year, ‘Student Engagement,’ as well as assist us in the future as we continue to develop a model for community colleges around the country.” Part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, AAC&U’s new “Roadmap Project” will assist community colleges in creating robust and proactive programs of academic support – tied to expected learning outcomes – that engage students at entrance and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success.

The project seeks to “connect the dots” among the varied student support programs on community college campuses and create roadmaps for success applicable at multiple institutions. These roadmaps will be anchored in a set of expected learning outcomes essential for all students to succeed in life beyond college.

“This program will help Georgia Perimeter College in its goal to increase retention and graduation among our students,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli. “Student success is at the heart of what we do and we want to use every available resource to ensure the best educational outcome.”

According to AAC&U, each Roadmap institution will work to ensure that its student success programs are integrated with, and reinforced by, its own educational culture. Institutions will develop and coordinate practices and policies that support engaged learning, provide meaningful assessment data about student learning outcomes, and help build a community of support for high achievement.

Posted by Sonja Roberts on August 31, 2010
Published in: On Campus

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