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The College Experience:
A Pathway from Enrollment to Graduation
The Title III program at St. Petersburg College is funded by a
$2,238,734 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Message from
the President
Grant overview
The Title III Strengthening
Institutions Program (SIP) provides
grants to help institutions become
self-suffcient and expand their
capacity to serve low-income
students by providing funds
to improve and strengthen the
institutions academic quality,
institutional management and
fscal stability.
Funder: U.S. Department of
Total Award: $2,238,734
Timeframe: Oct. 1, 2013-
Sept. 30, 2018 (5 years)
Focus: Enhance The College
Goal: Increase student success
and institutional effectiveness
Increase achievement
of First-Time-in-College
students in gateway courses
by 20% (grade obtainment of
A, B, C or P)
Increase the number of
returning students from fall
semester to fall semester
(persistence) by 15%
Increase the number of
returning students from fall
semester to spring semester
(retention) by 5%
Increase completion of
students coursework
to receive a diploma
(graduation) by 10%
College Leads:
Dr. Linda Hogans, Executive
Director of Retention Services
Carrie Rodesiler, Director of
Title III
Fall 2014 marks the beginning of the third year of
The College Experience. What began as a set of
fve initiatives has transformed into a robust and
stunningly successful program delivering double
digit improvement rates for minority students. We
have remained steadfast in our mission to improve the
systems, services and supports necessary to successfully
guide students from enrollment to graduation. Through
the efforts of The College Experience, students at SPC
are experiencing greater success, and with expanded
resources like the Title III grant, we are able to move the
needle faster and more effectively.
Less than one year after receiving the Title III grant
from the U.S. Department of Education, many of the
components of The College Experience have been
successfully implemented. The Student Coaching
System has undergone signifcant upgrades, making it
faster and easier for advisors to access the information
they need to support students. Additionally, a two-
day institute was held for faculty and staff involved
with college-preparation courses, providing them
with training on preparing students to complete
individualized Learning Plans.
Equally exciting are the new projects to come out
of Title III. This summer, SPC faculty began building
Learning Toolkits, out-of-class support tools that provide
students with a competency-based, interactive learning
experience. Once completed, the online toolkits will
be available to students along with a newly created
Virtual Learning Commons, a one-stop online portal that
will link and strengthen existing libraries and tutoring
As the grant continues to unfold over the next four
years, efforts to help students fnish what they start will
continue to increase. Our dedication to student success
will help them be successful not just in their courses at
SPC but in reaching their career goals as well.
Over the past year, New Student Orientation has undergone a series of
changes designed to help students gain access to the information and
resources they need to be successful. Consultants from Achieving the Dream,
a Lumina Foundation initiative, were invited to review the program. Based on
their feedback received, the four-hour, face-to-face New Student Orientation
was reduced to a two-hour program. It focuses on assisting students in
considering career goals, delivering timely information to help students locate
services on campus and navigating their frst semester at SPC. Likewise, the
online orientation received important updates so that content mirrors that of
the new face-to-face option.
New Student Orientation will continue to undergo changes as we streamline
our registration process to make it quicker and easier for students to enroll.
The Fast Track initiative has now made registering an easy fve-step process
with even fewer steps for some:
1. Apply
2. Submit transcripts
3. Take the college placement test (if needed)
4. Register for classes
5. Pay tuition
This past summer, more than 70 faculty and advisors participated in a comprehensive, two-day
professional development opportunity, the 2014 Student Life Skills (SLS) Summer Institute.
SPCs college-preparation course utilizes a team-based delivery structure known as the Triangle
of Success:
an SLS-1101 faculty member leads instruction
an advisor guides students through academic planning
an SLS-1126 faculty mentor provides one-on-one support outside the classroom
During the Summer Institute, participants had the opportunity to discuss their role in the
Triangle and how to prepare students to use My Learning Plan as a tool for academic planning.
Participants also had the chance to attend a workshop with Dr. Joe Cuseo, a national expert on
SLS and the frst-year experience.
With an emphasis on existing program successes, work will begin on revising and improving
the Triangle of Success. Efforts will focus on helping students choose a career path that will
successfully bridge them to the workforce, access college resources and become academically
prepared for college-level course work.
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What Is a Learning Toolkit?
A Learning Toolkit is an online collection of interactive, competency-based
activities that provide out-of-class support to help students succeed. Toolkits
deliver what students need to learn, when they need it, in a variety of
Toolkits vary slightly by discipline and usually contain:
Video Lesson: Short (1-5 minute), competency-based video lessons created
by SPC faculty
Interactive Activities: Interactive demonstrations, drag-and-drop activities
and formative assessments to accommodate kinesthetic, visual and auditory
Adaptive Practice: Actively assesses students knowledge in a Q&A format,
using short review videos when they encounter diffculty and badges that are
earned based on their fnal score
Quiz: Class length assessments for students to practice and gauge their
knowledge and receive feedback
Toolkits are being designed by teams of SPC faculty and tutors. Each module
is chosen for development based on feedback received from faculty surveys.
MyCourses (SPCS new learning management system) performance analytics
will help guide future development and revision of toolkit material. Over time,
toolkits can be expanded to include more modules and courses.
How do the Learning Toolkits differ from the MOOCs?
While SPCs Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are open to the public,
Learning Toolkits will only be available to SPC students through MyCourses.
Also unlike MOOCs, toolkits are not full or miniature courses that may take up
to one semester to complete. Instead, they are a collection of independent
competency-based modules that can be completed in a study session. Access
to the toolkits will also be available through the Virtual Learning Commons,
another project funded by the Title III grant.
MOOC Learning Toolkit

Open to the public

Available only to SPC students, faculty and staff

Full course content, sometimes

Modules focus on concepts students struggle with
spanning multiple courses the most

Content may take up to a

Modules contain targeted interactive activities
full semester to complete and concise lessons
Where can I fnd the Learning Toolkits?
When completed, toolkits will be accessible in MyCourses and
SPCs newly created Virtual Learning Commons. Efforts will focus
on gateway courses, those with the highest enrollment yet lowest
success rates. The frst courses to receive toolkits will be MAT 0018,
MAT 0028, MAT 1033, REA 0017 and ENC 0025, with completion
projected for Spring 2015.
What is the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC)?
The VLC connects SPC students, faculty and staff with an online,
unifed delivery system. It offers an easy-to-access portal that
includes learning toolkits as well as library, learning center and other
support services and resources. Components for this project are
slated to begin Fall 2014.
Interested in being a part of the team?
If you are a faculty member or tutor and are interested in
learning more about how you can be a part of a development
team, please visit our blog at or
email us at
Early Alert
The Student Coaching System upgrade (SCS 2.2) is now in place. This
upgrade better facilitates communications between students, faculty,
advisors and academic coaches. These groups can now more effciently
collaborate in real time, using relevant and current documents that
relate to students academic and fnancial status. The coaching system
integrates a variety of systems and resources such as Whos Next, Early
Alert, SPC email, transcripts, placement test scores, advising notes and
the ability to upload pertinent documents.
Online training now available to all advisors and student success coaches.
The College Experience data has shown that students who use My
Learning Plan to outline their courses for at least one semester have a
higher success rate than those who do not. Because this tool is vital to
student success, a committee was formed to review SPCs current My
Learning Plan system with the goal of improving the student experience.
Committee members have reviewed a variety of systems, including
options for enhancing the current system. Emphasis has been placed on
identifying a system that creates a user-friendly, seamless experience for
students as they move from course planning to registration.
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Career and
Academic Advising
We have begun a formal business process review that is quickly
gaining momentum. The purpose of the review is to identify and
enhance current college processes, including cross-institutional
communication needs. The frst portion of the review consisted
of a series of focus groups and resulted in feedback from more
than 400 prospective and current SPC students. Information about
their experiences from the moment of their frst contact with
SPC through graduation will impact the selection of a Customer
Relationship Management system.
Once the entire business process review is complete, a Customer
Relationship Management system will be selected. Implementing
such a system will help integrate our technology systems while
streamlining communication with students.
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For more information:
Dr. Linda Hogans, Executive Director of Retention Services at
Carrie Rodesiler, Director of Title III at
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