Alliance for College Readiness Creating a Readiness System

Report
Elgin Community
College’s Alliance for
College Readiness
Building Effective Partnerships & Transition
Strategies
Julie Schaid, Ph.D., Assoc. Dean College
Readinss & School Partnerships
Alliance Structure
Kindergarten
Team
Writing/
Reading
Team
Student
Services
Math
Team
Team
Advisory
Council
STEM
ELL
Team
Team
DATA
Team
Transition Strategies:
O Summer Bridge Program
O Transition Academy
O New 4th Year HS Math Course
O First Lecture
O Senior PLANS
Summer Bridge Program
Three-week refresher course to help
students who “just missed” placing
into college-level coursework in
writing, reading, or math.
Results:
Six Years = 190 Students and 72% Success
Transition Academy
O Start earlier – 9th- 12th grade
O Team taught (HS & College faculty)
O School year – Once a month – Saturdays
O Summer program
O Mentors
O Parent outreach (emails & workshop)
O Business partners
O Curriculum – based on in part on Academy for
College Excellence (ACE), applied math,
financial literacy, real world problems
New 4th Year High School
Math Course
O Developed by 12 Faculty (8 HS, 3 ECC, 1 University)
O Target: Students who don’t normally take senior math
O Aligned to the Common Core State Standards
O Real-world Applications
O 3 Districts have Adopted
O First year = 300+ students
enrolled!
New Project – “The First Lecture”
O English & History Faculty
O High School & College
O Design Assignment
O College Lecture
O Jointly graded
Senior PLANS
O Student Services & Counseling Team
O Late Feb./Early March event
O 11 High Schools – 20 seniors each – still
unsure
O Partner with ISAC
O Topics:
O Importance of Placement Testing
O Planning for College
O Paying for College
District 509 – ECC Trend Data
College and Career Ready
College Ready By
Subject
2006
2013
Math
29%
42%
Writing
57%
65%
Reading
73%
78%
College Ready All
Subjects
24%
37%
Totally
Developmental
21%
17%
Partnership Principles
O Focus Areas agreed upon by Advisory Council but align
to district & college priorities
O Faculty/staff design & lead projects collaboratively
O Engage those doing the work
O Focus on building relationships across districts &
education levels
O Feed them
O One size does not fit all
O Recreate don’t duplicate
O Institutional commitments matter
O Share and celebrate results
O Fostering space for dialog very important

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