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  • 1. AcademicCollaborative forExcellence
    Felix Alexis, Shayan Mirabi, Dr. Dayton Hall
  • 2. The Need to Change
    - Demonstrate Little Interest in Developmental Courses
    - Want Program Level Courses Immediately
    AIU Houston:
    - Improved Student Satisfaction
    - Improve Student Retention
    . Improve Enrollment
    • Effectively Strengthen Gen-Ed Skills
    • 3. Individualized Gen-Ed Skill Modules
  • Academic Collaborativefor Excellence ACE: Alternative Solution
    A partnership between new students and faculty mentors to provide the academic support students need
    A commitment to developing skills foundational to both academic and career success
    Program that offers students ownership and responsibility for their learning and personal development
  • 4. Current Approach
    Students without transfer credit or PLA required to take Accuplacer
    Accuplacer scores are used to place students in ENG105 and MTH132 or up to 6 developmental courses—the equivalent of 2 full-time terms
    How many potential students never enrolled because of this approach?
  • 5. Current Approach (cont.)Advantages Challenges
    Students gain skill sets they need
    Mandated class time to work on skills
    Students with varying needs treated the same in class
    Developmental courses do not offer College credits
    Mature students don’t want developmental courses
  • 6. ACE Approach
    All students are assessed
    Individualized plans focus on those areas needing improvement
    Factors taken into account include transfer credits
  • 7. ACE ApproachAdvantagesChallenges
    Plans are individualized—Students work only on areas of need
    No additional courses required
    Flexible support—online, small group mentorship, one on one tutoring
    Time management and Individual commitment —work is completed outside of set class structure, generally requiring 2 hours a week
  • 8. ACE focuses on preparation of
    Gen-Ed skills to support continued academics and personal development through collegiate success
  • 9. How Does It Work?
  • 10. Computer-based assessment during the first/second week of the UNV 103 course
    Individualized plan/modules assigned
    ACE mentor begins to track/communicate with self-directed learner
    Faculty, Virtual Campus & Learning Center tutors available
    Student Services has continued supportive role
    Progress tracked through module completion
  • 11. Houston Implementation Plan
    • Continue to monitor Atlanta/South Florida Progress
    • 12. Upgrade UNV102 to college level UNV103
    • 13. Map developmental Math & English outcomes to new modules
    • 14. Confirm new assessment tool
    • 15. Continue Accuplacer until the end of the 3rd quarter
    • 16. Confirm UNV103 text
    • 17. Train faculty/staff
    • 18. Define new tracking measures