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C3R Mission and Goals

THE MISSION OF LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE

"LCC exists so that the people it serves have learning and enrichment opportunities to improve their quality of life and standard of living.”

THE PROBLEM

Many high school students are graduating without a reading, writing and mathematics foundation appropriate for college-level coursework and careers. This skills, knowledge, and material deficit in academic and career skills renders pursuit of college-level occupational or academic programs difficult. Students enroll in Lansing Community College under a policy of open admissions. Of the 1,973 students entering LCC who had graduated from high school in 2013, 1,223 (62%) took at least one non-credit bearing class designed to prepare the student to be successful in college level courses:

  1. 1,969 took reading placement tests, and 407 (20.67%) required developmental reading courses
  2. 1,962 took writing placement tests, and 648 (33.03%) required developmental writing courses
  3. 1,751 took math placement tests, and 959 (54.77%) required developmental math courses

THE SIGNIFICANCE

The College recognizes its special responsibility to those requiring developmental academic skills and offers developmental courses in reading and writing in The Center for Transitional Learning (CTL) and math in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. In addition to developmental courses, the College offers formal programs such as The Early College for high school students entering their junior year, and the High School Diploma Completion Program (HSDCI) to help students prepare for college and careers. While federal grant programs and other funding sources have provided dollars for formal programs (at LCC, local schools?), the resources providing financial aid and physical space for developmental classes at LCC are limited. Strengthening college skills before students enroll at LCC means they arrive at LCC better prepared to pursue their college education and career. Acquiring these academic, intellectual, and career skills prior to attending college or a technical training program are essential for their initial and continued success in post-secondary college and training programs.

THE SOLUTION

Using a community impact framework which includes a broad range of stakeholders and common goals, the Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R) will seek to:

  1. Ascertain the gap between high school and first-year college and career readiness skills.
  2. Increase relevant academic success and achievements for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Post-Secondary education.
  3. Improve college and career readiness and reduce the number of high school graduate students in the tri-county area requiring developmental coursework.

THE STRUCTURE

The Coalition's current operating structure includes: an Advisory Council, Action Teams and Joint Professional Development. The C3R Action Teams are: Math, Data, and Student Transition. C3R Action Teams are made up of representatives of college and public school districts in the tri-county area, post-secondary institutions, parents and students, faith-based organizations, business, industry, workforce development agencies and other interested parties. Action Teams will examine aspects of P-20 education, the college going experience and workforce development. They will identify areas where improvements can be made and create related activities and projects that promote college and career readiness.

These teams focus on curriculum alignment in their areas, Common Core state standards, summer bridge programming, and data sharing. Community outreach, parent engagement, and professional development will be a large part of this initiative. An example of an activity or project might be to develop a high school senior level math course that identifies and aligns high school to college knowledge gaps and increases successful college placement for high school graduates. The Coalition will build on existing resources that include Capital Area College Access Network, The Early College, High School Diploma Completion Initiative, and the Promise Programs: Hope Scholars, Holt Scholars, Lansing Promise, Mason Scholars, Leslie Aspire and Edgewood Scholars, and many other tri-county resources.

THE MODEL

The Coalition is modeled after a college readiness project created by Elgin Community College (ECC) in Elgin, Illinois. ECC established their Alliance for College Readiness in 2006. The Alliance works collaboratively in teams with faculty, businesses, and community members to ensure that high school graduates are ready for college level courses. They utilize an Advisory Council that connects five Action Teams and also include a summer bridge program, joint professional development for teachers and professors, and parent outreach. Elgin Community College was recognized with the 2012 Bellwether Award. The Bellwether College Consortium promotes effective post-secondary programs for replication at higher education institutions across the nation, and actively positions colleges to pursue various funding opportunities.

OUR TEAM

This project is an initiative of the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees (Larry Meyer - Chairperson). It is executed by Toni Hughes Glasscoe, Vice President External Affairs, Development & K-12 Operations; Elaine Miles, Lead Support, K-12 Relations; Kimberly Randall, Coordinator for Post-Secondary Enrollment Options.

OUR PROGRESS

In spring semester 2014 Professor Humphries of the English, Humanities and Social Sciences Department was engaged to forward four aspects of the work of the C3R. She developed the coalition concept in this paper and a PowerPoint presentation, assisted in the recruitment of college staff and faculty to serve on work teams, and developed a plan for a Summer Bridge Program. During the summer semester 2014 session efforts focused on building awareness among external stakeholders and the Bridge Program Pilot. The focus during fall semester 2014 was to form action teams, identify action team leaders, and establish an Advisory Council.

LESSONS LEARNED

Since the inception of C3R the Coalition has experienced several changes. While the program continues to utilize collaborative partnerships with stakeholders in the tri-county area, the structure of the Coalition has evolved. We erudite that we were ambitious in our attempt to establish 7 action teams in 2014 and in 2017 with the help of the C3R Advisory Council we have reorganized our teams down to three action teams. This change allows C3R to facilitate efficiency, adaptability and opportunities for growth.

To further assist C3R with continued process improvement, a SWOT Analysis was conducted in three (3) phases during the 2016/17 summit year. The first phase in April 2016 analyzed the strengths of the Coalition. The second phase in October 2016 examined the weaknesses, and during the January 2017 summit we examined the opportunities and threats of the Coalition. A report entitled "The State of C3R" will be shared during January 2018 summit. This report will provide our stakeholders with a report that examines the feasibility and sustainability of C3R.

SOURCES

''College-Wide Summit on Developmental Education and Adult Learning Co-sponsored by the LCC Office of the Provost and the Arts and Sciences Division.” Friday, 3 June 2011. Invitation.
Elgin Community College. ''The Driving Question: Why do so many high school graduates need developmental courses?” Jan. 2013. PowerPoint presentation.
Lansing Community College. ''Agenda Item: Monthly Student Success Report.” Regular Meeting Board materials. 16 Sept. 2013.
Lansing Community College. Annual Budget: Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
Lansing Community College. Systems Portfolio 2013.
LCC Academic Master Plan. 2012.
Knight, Brent, Ed. D. ''President’s Report to the Board of Trustees.” 24 Jan. 2013.
Lansing Community College. Center for Data Science 2014.

Important Information about C3R Structure

Coalition for College and Career Readiness

Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R)
Washington Court Place, Room 150
Phone: (517) 483-9658
Fax: (517) 483-9703
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