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P031S090064

Big Bend Community College, WA

(Heritage University), WA

Grant Type:  Cooperative Development Grant

ABSTRACT

Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is the lead institution in the Title V Cooperative project in partnership with Heritage University (HU).  The institutions are located in adjoining areas and have complementary goals—to improve access for Hispanic, low-income, rural students.  

Over the life of the grant, Big Bend Community College and Heritage University propose a two-component activity:  

1) Component one increases student access through curricular development of three online programs and joint professional development of Big Bend Community College and Heritage University’s faculty in online distance learning strategies, and

2) Component two develops on-campus and online support services for transfer students in newly created Transfer Centers.  Online distance delivery of programs in Interdisciplinary Studies (Associate and Baccalaureate), Early Childhood Education (Associate and Baccalaureate) and Applied Technology (Baccalaureate) will be developed and supported by in-person and online distance delivery of registration, virtual office hours, financial/career planning and transfer oriented programming in renovated Transfer Centers’ space.  

Activity objectives center on increasing the graduation and transfer rates of Hispanic students at each institution by at least five percentage points over 2009-2010 rates and more than tripling the number of students enrolled in Big Bend Community College/Heritage University’s dual enrollment baccalaureate admission program from the 2009-2010 number.  

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