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P031S090109

City University of New York for Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant

ABSTRACT

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is the largest of the twenty-three units comprising the City University of New York. Currently serving more than 30,200 students in its credit (22,100) and non-credit (8,000) programs, Borough of Manhattan Community College is the only community college in Manhattan.  Nearly 90 percent of Borough of Manhattan Community College’s student population is comprised of minorities and groups historically underrepresented in collegiate programs and more than two-thirds are women.  

As greater numbers of tech-savvy students are attracted to Borough of Manhattan Community College, the demand for distance learning will continue to increase.  To accommodate demand, Borough of Manhattan Community College will implement a single comprehensive activity; Strengthening Academic Programs and Improving Student Achievement Through the Development of a Comprehensive e-Learning Center, which focuses on eight integrated strategies critical to improving the success of Hispanic and low-income students and consisting of the following:  

a) establishing of an e-Learning Center;

b) creating e-Learning networks;

c) integration of online support services;

d) faculty certification;

e) establishing a new course approval process;

f) proving greater technical support for faculty (Instructional Designers);

g) establishing a Faculty Resource Center; and

h) supporting faculty research in the field of online education.

Combined, these reforms will introduce systems and services which will increase the persistence and retention of Hispanic and low-income students enrolled in online learning.  

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