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
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?
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
ACE Approach All students are assessed Individualized plans focus on those areas needing improvement Factors taken into account include transfer credits
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
ACE focuses on preparation of Gen-Ed skills to support continued academics and personal development through collegiate success
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