Adult Basic Skills and College Pathways

Report
Adult
Basic
Skills and
College
Pathways
Ali Mageehon
Umpqua Community College
The Program
• 800 students annually; 300 graduates
• Focus on fundamental academic and careerbased skills
• Multi-site, including partnership with Wolf
Creek Job Corps
• Mandatory student orientation, managed
enrollment, academic rigor, and advising and
transition services
Program History
• Continuous program since early 1970s
• Changes in focus from preparing students for
work immediately after the GED to helping
students understand that the GED is necessary
but not sufficient
• Greater focus on collaboration with main
campus and transition
Transition History
• 16 credit tuition waiver
• Minimal use of waiver
• Students testing into developmental
education level classes
• Very low rates of transition and completion
OPABS and Accelerated
Opportunities
• Participated in design phase of Accelerated
Opportunities grant
• Used Oregon Pathways to Adult Basic Skills as
curriculum model
• Three term model during year one 2011-2012
• Three cohorts started
Model
Fall
Winter
Spring
OPABS Reading 1
OPABS Writing 1
OPABS Math 1
College and Career
Awareness
OPABS Reading 2
OPABS Writing 2
OPABS Math 2
HD 100 – College
Success (3 credit hours)
CIS125-W – Word
Processing (3 credit
hours)
CIS125S – Spreadsheets
(3 credit hours)
CIS125P – Presentation
Software (3 credit
hours)
CIS125E – Email (3 credit
hours)
Supports
• Assigned academic advisor on campus
• Enthusiastic instructors
• Established curriculum
• Tuition waiver split over two terms
• In 2011-2012, Ability to Benefit
First Year Successes
• Two successful three term cohorts
• Of 15 students, 12 transitioned successfully into
college courses, earning between 13 – 20 credit
hours per student (as of Fall 2013)
• Low GED completion rate
Second Year
• Lower success rate
• Personnel issues
• Only one cohort
• More GED tests passed
Next Steps
• Continuing with one OPABS cohort per year
• Co-enrolled DE and OPABS cohort, team
taught starting in Fall 2013
• TRAC cohort starting in Spring, mixed ABS and
DE with Career Pathways certificate focus and
homegrown curriculum
Questions

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