LCC believes strongly in its mission to provide a high-quality education to anyone who wants to learn.
In 2021, the college furthered that mission by joining Achieving the Dream, a national network dedicated to increasing student success. This peer-driven community provides LCC with access to the latest high-impact practices, technical conferences and research.
Our work with Achieving the Dream is part of our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan, and it has spawned several ongoing projects. You can read more about them below.
Lansing Community College joined Achieving the Dream (ATD) to provide a high-quality, accessible education in an inclusive environment by creating partnerships between academic and student affairs, and providing exceptional quality academic and student services to improve student success while focusing on removing barriers for low-income students and students of color.
Achieving the Dream projects
Adopt unifying student development theory
Student development theories seek to understand how students grow and develop in higher education. Adopting a single theory allows employees from around the college to have a common framework or context when working with students.
After careful research of various student development theories, the Achieving the Dream steering committee selected appreciative advising, also called appreciative education. Learn more about appreciative advising here.
Develop coordinated communication plan
Students are inundated with communication – often email – from departments across the college, making it difficult to navigate college systems and processes. Currently, there is no coordinated communication plan across departments, and there is often redundancy in communications. In addition to the volume of messages students receive, the content of the messages might not be inclusive or provide a clear and compelling takeaway.
The Achieving the Dream steering committee is working on:
- Conducting an audit of current communications students receive through each stage of the student lifecycle (prospect, applicant, oriented, learner and graduate/transfer).
- Conducting a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (or SWOT) analysis, and using results from the audit to look for redundancies.
- Gathering student feedback on college communications.
- Researching best practices used at other colleges.
- Designing a coordinated communications plan.
- Creating an annual calendar of regular communications sent to students by department and method.
- Documenting the coordinated communication plan, developing a centralized location to house communication and developing associated FAQs.
The Achieving the Dream steering committee began work on this project in November 2021 and plans to implement the new communication plan for the fall 2023 semester.
Steering committee members
- Sally Welch, Co-Chair, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Stephanie Bogard Trapp, Co-Chair, Senior Director of Financial Aid and Title IV Compliance
- Kristen Buttigieg, Co-Chair, Center for Data Science's Director of Institutional Effectiveness
- Alyssa Andrews, Associate Dean of Strategic Enrollment Management
- Kevin Brown, History Faculty
- Stephanie Decator, Director of Admission/Registrar
- Paige Dunckel, Theatre Faculty
- Sarah Garcia-Linz, Success Coach Director
- Toni Glasscoe, Associate Vice President for External Affairs, Development & K-12 Operations
- Melinda Hernandez, English Faculty
- Barbara Line, Coordinator of the Livingston County Center
- Rafeeq McGiveron, Academic Affairs Project Manager
- Laura Medina, Executive Assistant to the Provost
- Ronda Miller, Dean of Student Affairs
- Catharyn Palomino, Communications Faculty
- Duane Portee, Academic Success Coach
- Shawn Smith, Mathematics Faculty
- Allison Snyder, Technical Careers Secondary to Post-Secondary Coordinator
- Jon Ten Brink, Music Program Faculty Chair and President of the Academic Senate
- Karen Tommasulo, Internal Communications Coordinator
- Simone Turnbull, Student
- Dominique Vaughn, Academic Success Coach
- Greg Vondett, Student Affairs Senior Business Analyst
Articles in The Star
- Dec. 1, 2022: Achieving the Dream and the Strategic Plan: How LCC's big vision plans all fit together
- Nov. 17, 2022: LCC accepted into national Achieving the Dream pedagogy and professional learning project
- Nov. 3, 2022: Helping students succeed, one email at a time
- Oct. 20, 2022: Student development theory, appreciative education and you
- Oct. 6, 2022: Making student success happen: LCC's ongoing Achieving the Dream projects
- Sept. 22, 2022: Meet LCC's Achieving the Dream steering committee
- Sept. 9, 2022: Have questions about LCC's work with Achieving the Dream? We want to hear them!
- Becoming a Student-Ready College, by Tia Brown McNair, Michelle Asha Cooper, Nicole McDonald and Thomas Major, Jr.
- From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
- Shared Equity Leadership: Transforming Campus Communities Is a Collective Responsibility, by Darsella Vigil, Elizabeth Holcombe, and Adrianna Kezar
- Personal Statement documentary, depicting first-generation students' struggle to reach college
- Knowing Our Students: Understanding & Designing for Success, from Achieving the Dream
- Coaching for student success and educational equity, by Jennifer Dubin
- How to Achieve More Equitable Community College Student Outcomes: Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways, by Davis Jenkins, Hana Lahr and Amy Mazzariello
- Community College Research Center's "Mixed Methods" Blog, by multiple authors
Contact the Provost
Administration Bldg, Room 301
Phone: (517) 483-1725
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Phone: (517) 483-1725
Fax: (517) 483-1845