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At a time when a college degree is ever more important finding a job, 93 percent of Cerritos College (CC) students are assessed as lacking basic skills, and almost 40 percent fail to succeed in their coursework.  Of Cerritos College’s Hispanic students, who comprise 54 percent of the student body, only 36 percent achieve their stated educational goals.  In Fall 2009, more stringent graduation requirements will take effect, and the consequences for these students will be severe.  To address this, Cerritos College proposes to broaden the application of a successful campus pilot initiative:  “Habits of Mind” (HOM).  The “habits” are traits identified through faculty research as essential to student success:  Focus, Advance, Link Up, Comprehend, Organize, and New Ideas (these traits are centered on the memory peg of the Cerritos College falcon mascot).  

Over the life of the grant, “Habits of Mind” concepts will be infused throughout the curriculum and within student services by implementing four activity strategies:  

1)

Strategies to Help Students Develop the Six Habits of Mind

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Faculty and Staff Development to Support HOM for Student Success

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Infusing HOM Across Developmental Education Program

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Coordination of Institutional Services and Programs to Support HOM Initiative.  

The project is managed by those who created “Habits of Mind”  – experienced faculty, with a plan for future sustainability.  A highly committed administration and a strong evaluation component will ensure success.  

P031S090050

GateWay Community College, AZ

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant

ABSTRACT

GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona serves a highly diverse population of 6,800 students from communities throughout the Phoenix area and Maricopa County.  GateWay Community College

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