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impact on the success of Hispanic and other underprepared students.  Through this activity the Antelope Valley College proposes the development of a comprehensive Basic Skills Success Center that will be charged with coordinating the Antelope Valley College developmental program.  In addition the project proposes the development of improved articulation agreements with feeder high schools in order to align their math and English curriculum with college level coursework. Internal research has pinpointed serious problems in this program that adversely affect student success that have not been addressed to date due to funding limitations.  These specific problems will be addressed systematically–following recommendations from an internal task force based upon researched best practices, student input, and community needs–using the following strategies:  

1) Develop outreach methods to better prepare high school graduates for college enrollment; 2) Address identified problems with assessment and curriculum;

3) Integrate more comprehensive and responsive student support services with instruction; and 4) Develop a tracking and evaluation capability to support continuous improvement of student


Antelope Valley College English as a Second Language and developmental education instructors will be engaged fully in developing learning outcomes, new and redesigned curriculum, alternative delivery systems and valid assessments to improve the effectiveness of their programs with Hispanic and other nontraditional underprepared students.  Counselors will work with faculty in cross-functional teams to integrate support services and instruction following best practice.  Since helping underprepared students is a big part of the college’s mission, all faculty across the curriculum will be involved in development to identify learning outcomes for their courses and adapt their pedagogy to address Hispanic student engagement issues and improve learning outcomes and retention for all at-risk students.  All these components are necessary for an effective program according to national research and will be added and fully integrated into the program following best practices.  


Our Lady of the Lake University, TX

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant


The purpose of the proposed Science and Mathematics Renovation, Retention, and Research Program is to affect long-range improvement in science and mathematics education to increase the opportunities for students, particularly Hispanic students, primarily Mexican-American, to complete undergraduate degrees and pursue careers in these disciplines or continue graduate studies.  

Over the life of the grant, Our Lady of the Lake University proposes a program that has two components. The components address the needs of undergraduate students (including transfer students):

1) Component One - a seven-week summer enrichment and academic support services program to strengthen science and mathematics skills; and  

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