Update 4: Achieving the Dream

This is the fourth in a series of emails about student success work at XXXXXXXXXXXXXX and in Connecticut overall, including the implementation of Guided Pathways.
In this issue, we'll look at our Holistic Student Supports Redesign team, our partnership with Achieving the Dream, and the upcoming development of twelve Campus Student Success Teams.
Previous emails are available online.

- News & Updates
     - Holistic Student Support Redesign (HSSR)
     - Achieving the Dream (ATD)
     - Twelve Campus Student Success Teams (CSST)
- Individuals from Your Campus
- Get Involved
- In Our Next Issue


News and Updates

This email highlights initiatives that your colleagues from around the system are leading: Holistic Student Support Redesign, Achieving the Dream, and College Student Success Teams, with the goals of:

  • Ensuring that every student is on an academic and career plan, and their progress towards completing that plan is monitored
  • Developing a structure to support students who are off-plan and need assistance getting back on track or finding a new track
  • Advancing equity in our colleges and our state so all students have the education, skills, and resources necessary for economic advancement


Holistic Student Support Redesign (HSSR)

For many students, academic advising is an "opt-in" process. Many are unclear about their degree and career path, take classes that do not ultimately meet degree requirements, and struggle to access the resources they need to succeed. With this in mind, the Holistic Student Support Redesign (HSSR) team is working towards designing and recommending policies and practices that will increase retention and program completion.
HSSR is one of the three work teams under the Guided Pathways Task Force; their primary charge is to reimagine how students are onboarded, advised, and supported to reach their goals. The team was formed in February 2018 and has explored pockets of excellence occurring at our colleges as well as researched national best practices.
HSSR is currently working towards building a model for academic advising and monitoring student progress for the proposed One College. This model will ensure that every student's progress is monitored and that a comprehensive set of support services and strategies are in place to address the many factors that can impact a student's ability to meet specific educational goals.
To learn more about holistic student support research, please visit: http://www.ct.edu/gp#resources
To ask questions or provide feedback about HSSR, contact your campus representatives (http://www.ct.edu/gp#groups) or the team leads, Gayle Barrett (gbarrett@mxcc.edu), Michael Buccilli (mbuccilli@gatewayct.edu), Tamika Davis (tdavis@tunxis.edu), or Heidi Zenie (hzenie@threerivers.edu).



Achieving the Dream (ATD)

As of July 1, 2019, all twelve CSCU community colleges will join the Achieving the Dream (ATD) network. The agreement will run through June 2022. The ATD network comprises more than 200 colleges in 40 states. ATD colleges are supported in identifying ways to improve their practices as they individually and collectively consider whole-college student success reform.
The primary focus of the CSCU partnership with ATD is local integration of Guided Pathways policies and practices as created by the Guided Pathways teams (such as HSSR) working under the CSCU Student Success Center. The ATD design relies on the engagement of faculty, staff, and administrators on the individual campus through the creation of a Campus Student Success Team (CSST).


Twelve Campus Student Success Teams (CSST)

In Connecticut, each of the twelve Campus Student Success Teams (CSST) will work at a local level to support the development and implementation of Guided Pathways policies and practices. One faculty and one staff member has been identified by your campus administration to serve as a lead for your CSST. Full team memberships will be established by your campus administration later this semester.
The teams provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators to contribute their knowledge and expertise to this exciting work. Please connect with your campus leads for more information; a listing of all CSST leads is below. The kick-off meeting of the CSST leads is scheduled for March.


Individuals from your campus

As noted above, colleagues from your campus have been identified by your campus administration as CSST leads. They include:
Diane Clokey - Registrar
Amely Cross - Assistant Professor, Chemistry/Physics
Linda Cocchiola - ESL and College Success Instructor
India Weaver - Associate Director of Admissions (Interim)
Michelle Breaker - Chair, FYS Department and Professor of Math
Kaitlyn Kos - Transitional Strategies Initiatives Coordinator
Driss Mellouk - Associate Professor of Foreign Languages
Alese Mulvihill - Associate Dean of Student Success
Sharale Mathis - Professor of Biology
Robert Turner - Transfer/TAP Advisor and Counselor
Donna Bontatibus - Professor of English
Valerie Cooper - Associate Director of Finance
Naugatuck Valley
Jeff Damiano - Associate Professor, Biology
Jaime Hammond - Director of Library Services
Northwestern CT
Caitlin Boger-Hawkins - Director of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness
Stacey Williams - Associate Professor, Business
Heather DeDominicis - Professor of Developmental English
Suzanne Lyons - Title V Coordinator
Quinebaug Valley
Debora Rimkus - Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Matthew Soucy - Director of Student Services
Three Rivers
Jodi Calvert - Director of Learning Initiatives
Todd Barry - Assistant Professor of English
Qing Mack - Director of Institutional Research
James Schlatter - Associate Professor of English

Getting involved

Given the volume of work in front of us, we are regularly building teams to engage in this effort. In building these teams, we aim to include faculty, staff, and administrators with diverse perspectives and skills. If you are interested in joining one of these teams, contact successcenter@ct.edu.


In our next issue:

In CSCU Student Success Update #5, which we'll email in March, we'll look at the groups that are working to implement Guided Pathways as we move toward consolidation, as well as introduce more of our national partners in this work.

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