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The Michigan Center for Student Success coordinates a range of initiatives and activities with Michigan community colleges. These initiatives periodically result in publications that highlight the activities of Michigan colleges. Below are publications that have been released in the past several years: 

The Accelerated Learning Program in Michigan (November 2016)

In 2012, The Michigan Center for Student Success partnered with the Community College of Baltimore County to expand the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) to Michigan community colleges. First piloted in 2007, this co-requisite approach has become a national model for mainstreaming developmental writing students and is currently active at 23 Michigan community colleges. This document describes the structure, scale of adoption and student outcomes from the implementation of ALP in Michigan.  

The Right Math at the Right Time:  Addressing Mathematics Challenges Facing Michigan Colleges and Universities (October 2016)

Michigan was invited to be one of five states to participate in a national initiative to strengthen mathematics pathways sponsored by the Charles A. Dana at the University of Texas at Austin.  Along with similar groups in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Washington, a task force of community college and university math faculty members have been meeting over the past six months to propose a set of strategies to help Michigan leverage the implementation of mathematics pathways to improve statewide student success and completion.  The Right Math at the Right Time: Addressing the Mathematics Challenges Facing Michigan Colleges and Universities includes recommendations for developing a collaborative process to align learning outcomes in gateway math courses, support faculty in selecting the right math courses for their programs and promote the adoption of evidence-based approaches to help more underprepared students succeed in college-level math. 

Tracking Transfer:  Sessions Featured at the Student Success Summit (October 2016)

The Michigan Center for Student Success hosted the annual Student Success Summit on September 29-30, 2016 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.  More than 300 faculty, staff and guests from Michigan’s community colleges attended the event that focused on serving students in transition.  Four sessions specifically focused on meetings the needs of two- to four-year transfer students.  This edition of Tracking Transfer highlights these sessions.

Guided Pathways Cohort I:  Progress and Success (September 2016)

A summary of the progress and success of the 12 colleges that participated in Cohort I of the Guided Pathways Institute and the extent to which they adopted the essential practices of Guided Pathways at scale.  

Lessons Learned from Michigan's Project Win-Win (September 2016)

A summary of the lessons learned from the 21 colleges who participated in Project Win-Win in Michigan.  

Project Win-Win Practice Guide (September 2016)

A guide to the sequence of activities involved in conducting Project Win-Win degree completion projects including data element lists, process charts and communication samples.  

Tracking Transfer:  June Issue

This brief shares timely updates on the progress of developing statewide Associate's degree transfer pathways in Michigan.  This month discusses recent research that focuses on transfer issues in Michigan and across the nation.  

Tracking Transfer:  May Issue

This brief shares timely updates on the progress of developing statewide Associate's degree transfer pathways in Michigan.  This month discusses statewide transfer patterns among Michigan community college students.  

Tracking Transfer:  April Issue

This brief shares timely updates on the progress of developing statewide Associate's degree transfer pathways in Michigan.  This month discusses the Associate's Degree Block Transfer Study Committees report to the Michigan Legislature.  

Using Multiple Measures for Placement in College Composition (April 2016)

This brief summarizes the results of a study that examined the relationships between a student’s grade in in his/her first college-level composition course and several sets of predictors, including Compass placement exam scores, scores on the Michigan Merit Exam (MME), scores on the ACT portion of the MME, and cumulative high school grade point average. To determine which may serve as substitutes for Compass, the study compared sets of predictors with respect to their capacity to predict student performance in college-level English Composition.

 

Using Multiple Measures for Placement in Mathematics (April 2016)

This brief summarizes the results of a study that examined the relationships between a student’s grade in in his/her first college-level mathematics course and several sets of predictors, including Compass placement exam scores, scores on the Michigan Merit Exam (MME), scores on the ACT portion of the MME, and cumulative high school grade point average. To determine which may serve as substitutes for Compass, the study compared sets of predictors with respect to their capacity to predict student performance in mathematics.

 

Project Win-Win at the Finish Line (October 2013) Institute for Higher Education Policy

This brief highlights the work of 60 institutions across the country working to reengage students who are “near completers” that are no longer enrolled but have earned (or are close to earning) their associates degree. Nine Michigan collegeshave participated in this initiative over the past two years and the result has been 1,087 additional degrees being awarded in our state alone.

 

Credit When It’s Due: Results from the Baseline Study (October 2013) Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois

This report examines the policy context for the 12 states (including Michigan) involved in the Credit When It's Due (reverse transfer) initiative as well as summarizes the analysis of baseline data provided by each state.

 

Joining Forces: How Student Success Centers are Accelerating Statewide Community College Improvement Efforts (October 2013) Jobs for the Future

This brief explores Student Success Centers that are serving as important new vehicles in several states, like Michigan, to support college efforts to improve student completion.

 

Forging New Pathways: The Impact of the Breaking Through Initiative in Michigan (November 2012) Michigan Center for Student Success and Jobs for the Future

This brief examines whether Breaking Through strategies have taken root in Michigan and spread beyond the original colleges participating in that initiative. Drawing on a statewide survey and interviews with early Breaking Through colleges, this brief highlights several important themes such as the importance of scaling up from “boutique” programs to serve more students; the need to create clear pathways between noncredit workforce training and credit programs; the significance of investment in up front services such as skill assessments and career guidance, and the role of workforce training programs in incubating student success strategies.

 

Autonomy and Innovation: Systemic Change in a Decentralized State (October 2012) Jobs for the Future and Michigan Center for Student Success

This report focuses on the experiences of the seven early Achieving the Dream (ATD) colleges in Michigan. Drawing from interviews with college presidents, and ATD core team members, the brief describes how college reform efforts have highlighted the need for collective, state-level action to foster collaboration, spread innovation and make effective use of student outcomes data.

 

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