August 12, 2010 | Hostos Community College
Funded by MetLife Foundation, Project Will Support and Expand Effective Student Success Strategies
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College has been chosen by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in “Developing a Community College Student Roadmap: From Entrance to Engagement in Educational Achievement and Success.”
Through this new initiative, which has been funded by MetLife Foundation as part of its commitment to improving the success of community college students, Hostos will join with eleven other community colleges from around the country to create robust and proactive programs of academic support—tied to expected learning outcomes—that engage students at entrance and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success. The project seeks to “connect the dots” among the varied student support programs and create roadmaps for success. These roadmaps will be anchored in a set of expected learning outcomes essential for all students to succeed in life beyond college.
Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has expressed Hostos’ wholehearted commitment to this collaborative endeavor: “The metaphor of a roadmap is clearly in keeping with the mission of Hostos, which is to provide access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility. Along the route this college provides, our students develop of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and success in a variety of fields. Through this AAC&U project supported by the MetLife Foundation, Hostos and the other participating college’s will developing roadmaps that will them past the milestone of a degree into the world of a opportunities.”
In addition to Hostos, the following institutions have also been selected to participate in the project:
Queensborough Community College of CUNY (Bayside, New York)
Gainesville State College (Gainesville, Georgia)
Georgia Perimeter College (Covington, Georgia)
Lane Community College (Eugene, Oregon)
Miami Dade College (Miami, Florida)
Middlesex Community College (Bedford, Massachusetts)
Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, California)
Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale, Virginia)
Prince George’s Community College (Largo, Maryland)
Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, Virginia)
“The community colleges leading the Roadmap project share a commitment to ensuring that every one of their students achieve the outcomes of an engaged liberal education—outcomes essential for success in today’s competitive global economy,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “Many national leaders now recognize that improving student success at community colleges, in particular, is a key component to meeting President Obama’s ambitious goals for increasing the number of Americans with college degrees. This project, however, is designed not only to increase transfer and graduation rates, but will tackle the more challenging, but no less important task of ensuring that these graduates achieve a quality education along the way toward attaining degrees.”
“We are very excited to bring together educational leaders at community colleges all working intentionally to become even more learning-centered institutions,” said AAC&U Vice President Susan Albertine, who will lead the initiative at AAC&U. “Each of these participating institutions is influential within their districts or systems and the examples and models they are developing will become catalysts for institutional changes across these regions and systems. We look forward to national models emerging from this project that can be widely adapted at institutions of all sorts.”
This initiative also builds on the research sponsored as part of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative, including the research on high-impact educational practices that are proven to increase persistence, completion, and achievement of key learning outcomes especially for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. For additional information about outcomes and high-impact practices, see www.aacu.org/leap.
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,200 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.
AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local levels and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.
Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at www.aacu.org.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation supports education, health, civic and cultural organizations. In education, it seeks to strengthen public schools through effective teaching and leadership, and to prepare students for access to and success in higher education, particularly the critical first year. The Foundation’s grant making is informed by findings from the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. For more information, visit www.metlife.org.
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the College serves as a resource for the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for further development. For more information about Hostos Community College, visit: www.hostos.cuny.edu