ITCC GENS/LIBA 279 Capstone Course

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Angela Gast
Director of Adult
Student Resources
IU Bloomington
Martin Wolfger
Dean of Liberal Arts
Ivy Tech Bloomington
High School
• Student
chooses Ivy
Tech to start
academic
career
• May or may
not have
plans to
transfer to
IUB
Ivy Tech
• Student
completes
TGEC (30 cr.)
and courses
that transfer
• Transfer plan
to IUB takes
shape
• Student does
not know
much about
IUB
IUB
• Student
arrives at IUB
and faces
“transfer
shock”
• Feels
unprepared
for the
challenges of
a university
environment
Ivy Tech Bloomington
 Over 6,000 students
 Third-fastest growing
community college campus in
the nation for its size (Borden,
2007)
 Offers certificates, technical
certificates, and associate’s
degrees
 Over 400 credit hours transfer
to Indiana University
 Small class sizes, low tuition
 Centralized and easily
accessible services (one stop)
IU Bloomington
 Over 40,000 students
 “Global” campus and
flagship institution of the
Indiana University system
 Situated on 1,933 acres
 Over 120 majors
 More than 1,800 FT faculty
 Decentralized services
 “We’re not in Kansas
anymore..”
Number of Transfer Students
ITCC Bloomington - IUB
1200
1000
800
600
400
200
0
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Transfer Credits
ITCC Bloomington - IUB
16000
14000
12000
10000
8000
6000
4000
2000
0
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Transcript Requests (Ivy Tech Bloomington)
6600
6400
6200
6000
5800
5600
5400
5200
2011
2012
2013
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Angie Gast (IUB) served as
guest speaker in LIBA/GENS
279 Capstone course
 Both degrees are intended to be
transfer degrees
 Students expressed a clear need
for more transfer support!
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Possible solution: Creation of a
special “Transfer to IUB”
section of LIBA/GENS
capstone course
Timeline
 January 2013 - Proposal for Lumina funding is
submitted and approved
 $7,500 for course development and marketing
 Truly collaborative project between ITCC and IUB
Course was developed and piloted during the
2013-14 academic year
 Enrollment exceeded expectations!
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Word-of-mouth and
individual course
registration
Postcard
Course brochure
Website
Monitors on campus
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16-week, hybrid format
 Taught by Angela Gast
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Face-to-face sessions
Discussion Board topics
Outside assignments
Independent study work preparing
final projects (education plan and
portfolio)
▪ Campus visit to IUB
 Text: You Majored in What?
Mapping Your Path from Chaos to
Career by Katherine Brooks, ED.D
Covers all learning
outcomes
• Example: Demonstrate mastery of ethical and responsible
behaviors (COR)
• Assignment: Using the IU financial aid website, determine
your costs for attending IUB, the types of financial aid
available, and possible scholarship opportunities. Then,
Adds related IU
describe three actions you can take during your first year
resources to each
at IUB to reduce your student loan debt.
outcome
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Keep in mind:
• It will always be a work in progress. You may add items to it
anytime you want and we will revisit it in future chapters.
• There are no rules, so don’t sabotage yourself by creating
arbitrary rules, such as:
o I must figure out the answers to all my questions.
o I must make the perfect map that includes absolutely
everything that’s important.
o I have to be some kind of artist to create this map.
o I should include ____________ because my
parents/family/friends think it’s important.
Begin by writing your name in the middle of the sheet.
Angie
Now, add items such as meaningful events, classes, activities, hobbies, jobs, etc.
Being an
aunt
Cooking with
friends
Trips to
Europe
hiking
Mental health
caseworker
Time with
family
Wolf park
internship
Angie
Becoming an
academic advisor
Spending summer
backpacking thru NZ
gardening
Earning
master’s degree
music
Securing endowment
for adult student scholarships
Teaching opportunity
at Ivy Tech
Now, begin to notice any themes that are present and draw lines to connect.
Being an
aunt
Trips to
Europe
Cooking for
friends
hiking
Mental health
caseworker
Time with
family
Becoming an
academic advisor
gardening
Earning
master’s degree
Wolf park
internship
Angie
Hobbies,
outdoors
Spending summer
backpacking thru NZ
music
Securing endowment
for adult student scholarships
Teaching opportunity
at Ivy Tec
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What did you learn by completing this activity?
 Any new or surprising themes?
 New ideas about connectedness?
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Do your themes relate to your academic and career
goals? In what ways?
What role do values (such as family, friends, time for
hobbies) play in your academic and career goals?
How might you incorporate minors, extra-curricular
activities, volunteer work, etc. into your academic plan
to account for any themes outside of your planned
major?
Special Features:
Visit from IU Admissions discussing transfer
process and timeline
Campus visit to IU Bloomington with brief tour,
goody bags, lunch, and guest speakers from
the following areas:
1.
2.
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Financial aid
Student Academic Center
Disability Student Services
First Year Experience
Academic Advising
ENROLLMENT:
 Fall 2013: 12 students
 Spring 2014: 12 students
GRADE DISTRIBUTION:
A’s: 16 (67%)
B’s: 4 (17%)
C’s and D’s: 0
F’s: 4 (17%)*
*The four failing grades were for non-attendance. All four attended
first session, but participation and attendance tapered off over the
course of the semester.
“ Such a wonderful
experience. I am so happy
that I had the opportunity
to take this course.”
“Very helpful to not
be afraid of IU.”
“Excellent class! I
gained knowledge
AND wisdom.”
“Good bye Ivy Tech.
What a lovely send
off.”
I LOVED THIS CAPSTONE COURSE WITH THE FOCUS ON
TRANSFER TO IU. I FELT LIKE I RECEIVED INSIDE INFORMATION
ABOUT THE IU EXPERIENCE THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED
WITHOUT IT. THE DAY ON CAMPUS AT IU GAVE US THE
OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS OF OTHER IVY TECH
TRANSFER STUDENTS AND ALSO TO HEAR INFORMATION FROM
MANY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT WILL BE OF GREAT
ASSISTANCE TO US IN OUR UPCOMING ENROLLMENT AT IU.
ANGELA GAST WAS VERY HELPFUL AND THOROUGH. I WOULD
ALWAYS RECOMMEND THIS COURSE AND INSTRUCTOR TO
ANYONE WHO WANTS TO TRANSFER!
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Ideas to involve IU Admissions
in this course include:
 IU Admissions may host a campus
visit day for ITCC transfer
students
 IU Admissions may offer
expedited transcript evaluation
during class
 IU Admissions may visit class and
provide information for
application processing

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