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Drew Koch, Gardner Institute Executive Vice President, named 2013-14 ACE Fellow
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National Survey of Student Success Initiatives in Two-Year Colleges Report to be published in Spring / Summer 2013
The Gardner Institute is pleased to announce the upcoming report of our National Survey to investigate selected initiatives designed to improve the success and retention of students at two-year colleges. The survey does not cover all student success initiatives, but focuses on three major components of the student experience that occur widely in two year colleges in the United States: entry experiences, student support experiences, and career readiness experiences. This survey was developed by the Gardner Institute and is being sponsored in part by Ellucian and Starfish Retention Solutions. Results will be available to survey respondents in the next few months and to the educational community via our web www.jngi.org.
Gardner Institute Announces Gateways to Completion™ – New Effort Mobilizes Institutions Seeking to Improve Performance in High Failure Rate Courses
February 9, 2013
Point Clear, Alabama – The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education today publically unveiled Gateways to Completion (G2C™), a new effort to help institutions address high failure rates in gateway courses. Speaking with a group of chief academic officers at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) 2013 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, the Institute’s President, John Gardner, and Executive Vice President, Drew Koch, shared how and why the time is right for higher education institutions and systems to create and implement a comprehensive strategy to improve institutional performance and student success in gateway courses.
“Gateway courses, such as introductory-level math, English, chemistry, biology, and psychology, typically enroll, and present challenges to, large numbers of first- and second-year students” said Koch. “These failure rates negatively impact student academic performance and retention, and in many cases degree completion. In an era where heightened institutional accountability, performance-based funding, and the needs of the Completion Agenda are paramount, higher education institutions simply cannot tolerate these kinds of outcomes,” Koch continued.
“The Gateways to Completion effort draws on the Gardner Institute’s proven expertise with helping institutions create and implement action plans for student success,” added Gardner. “Specifically, we are drawing on the experience the Institute has derived working with nearly 250 institutions to create and implement action plans for first-year and/or transfer student success via Foundations of Excellence.”
Independent research correlates the high implementation of a Foundations of Excellence-generated action plan with substantial increases in IPEDS first-to-second year retention rates and retention-related tuition revenue. “We are confident that these kinds of outcomes can be carried over to our new, focused work with G2C,” Gardner stated.
“Gateways to Completion will link the Gardner Institute’s seasoned student success expertise to dashboards and predictive analytics tools. This combination will allow institutions to create, implement, and continuously improve a strategic, multi-year effort focused on improving gateway course success. As with Foundations of Excellence, faculty will be at the heart of the effort. In short, G2C links strategic action planning with intervention tactics and tools – with the goal being making the whole greater than the sum of the pieces” shared Koch.
The Gardner Institute is currently accepting applications from all higher education institution and system types – two-year, four-year, public, private, etc. The applications will be considered for inclusion in the Gardner Institute’s pilot group of Gateways to Completion institutions. The pilot institutions will be selected this spring and summer and will begin their three-year involvement with G2C in Fall 2013.
For more information on the G2C project, visit the Gateways to Completion website or contact:
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