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Victoria College (VC) proposes to establish a College Partnership Program and a Comprehensive Transitions Initiative aimed at keeping the educational pipeline open and easily navigable for Hispanics, low-income, and other traditionally underrepresented students in the Golden Crescent region of South Texas.  

Over the life of the grant, the Victoria College Title V project will include two, specific interrelated activities aimed at increasing:  1) the number of full-time degree seeking undergraduate students enrolled at Victoria College; 2) the number of first-time, full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students who persist term-to-term and year-to-year; and 3) the percentage of first-time, full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at Victoria College graduating within three years of enrollment.  The project incorporates several phases addressing four distinct problems identified in the Victoria College Comprehensive Development Plan and aligned with Victoria College’s institutional strategic priorities and goals—college readiness and college-going rates, outreach capacity, transition support, and partnership:  

Activity I - The College Partnership Program ( CPP) will establish comprehensive partnerships with three area school districts in order to implement College Access Resource and Success (CARS) Centers on the partnering high school campuses.  This Activity will lead to two major outcomes:  

a)

An increase in the number of students from the targeted high schools who meet the Texas Success Initiative Higher Education Readiness standard; and

b)

an increase in first fall participation levels of graduates from the targeted high schools.

Activity II – The Comprehensive Transitions Initiative (CTI) will enhance the system of support for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students and others who struggle with the academic rigors of college. The initiative includes:  

1) enhancement of the Victoria College First Year Experience (FYE) project;

2) expansion of Supplemental Instruction (SI) and tutorial services;

3) development of an intervention program for students on scholastic probation; and

4) development and enhancement of targeted transition services.

The emphasis of this activity is on helping students make successful transitions from one level of educational endeavor to the next.  Services will assist students in making connections to people, resources, and skills that will empower them to persist towards achieving their educational goals.  This activity will lead to four major outcomes:

a)

Higher rates of student persistence fall-to-fall;

b)

Higher rates of academic success for students transitioning from developmental coursework to college level studies;

c)

Higher rates of transfer form VC to 4-year institutions; and

d)

Higher rates of students earning associate’s degrees.

P031S090029

Cerritos College, CA

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant

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