Turning Students from “Under-prepared” to “College Ready”: Learning from the Data

Peninsula College LogoWith generous funding from College Spark Washington, Peninsula College designed and implemented a two year high support accelerated learning project.

During this project, more than 60% of their “under prepared” students successfully completed college level math and English within two years— 98% in English and 40% in math.

Eve WallisHow did Peninsula College dramatically increase these student success outcomes?

The data they collected during the project has some interesting answers!

During this webinar, Eve Wallis, Math and Student Success Instructor, shares not only the data, but also the key factors of this success.

Watch the Webinar: https://vimeo.com/253281459

Download the Slides: https://goo.gl/5eprKF

Questions?  Contact Eve at ewallis@pencol.edu




Seattle Central in the News: Rethinking Teaching Math

Math comes easily to some students. For others, it’s a real challenge.

Many students drop out of school altogether because they can’t pass their math requirements. So Washington’s community and technical colleges are “re-thinking” math in an effort to change that.

Listen to a Seattle Central faculty member discuss the redesigned curriculum, and to a student describe evidence of her newly boosted “math ego.”

Standing in the Gap COMPASS is Leaving—Now What?

Join colleagues from across the state for a day of learning, participating, and strategizing the future without COMPASS.

Register Now!

October 13th, 2015, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Highline Community College, Mt. Constance/Olympus Room

ACTS’s recent decision to discontinue all COMPASS products provides our state with an opportunity to investigate our historical use of standardized testing for access to college courses. The current use of placement testing predicts success in college-level courses, deeming many- up to 75% at some colleges- not “college ready” and thus relegated to developmental courses. An overwhelming amount of community college research in the last 5 years has shown that placement into these courses does not move students closer to college ready, but rather hinders their likelihood of ever completing college English or math courses and subsequently a degree. We cannot turn away from this empirical evidence, especially when the group deemed not “college ready” is disproportionately comprised of students of color. ACT’s recognition that COMPASS is “not contributing as effectively to student placement and success as it had in the past” is an excellent prompt for us to begin to imagine what would contribute to student success more effectively. We have an opportunity as a state to create an assessment process that is equitable and participatory for all students, while maintaining the academic integrity of our courses. This is an opportunity to dig deeper into why, how, and when we assess students.

While this event is free, registration is required.

Due to limited space, we encourage you to sign up before the deadline of October 2nd, 2015.

Questions about the Event: Bill Moore (bmoore@sbctc.edu) or Jennifer Whetham (jwhetham@sbctc.edu)
Questions about Registration: Jackie Eppler Clark (jeclark@sbctc.edu)

AYPF Webinar on Accelerated Learning

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the College Readiness and Career Success Center (CRCSC) invite you to the second webinar in their accelerated learning series.

Accelerated learning serves as a promising tool to provide students the opportunity to move through secondary and postsecondary education at a pace that meets their academic needs.

“Early College, Early Success: Program Overview, Research Findings, and Implications for Practice” will present recent research findings from a rigorous study of Early College High Schools, followed by a discussion of implications for  practitioners.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 30th, from 1 to 2PM.  For more information, please click here.  To register, please click here.