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PCC’s First Year Pathways

• • • • • Boutiques, Silos, and Guerilla Warfare The Gang of Five The North Star New Leadership SASI and Title V

The Leadership Journey: Identifying Our Noble Purpose

Debunking the Myth(s), Facing the Facts

A cohort of 3,403 new developmental education students were tracked for 6 years…
% of students who made it through the developmental education sequence: Math – 13%, English – 36%, ESL – 21%

• 12% earned an Associates Degree, AA/AS
• 5% earned a Career or Technical Certificate • 25% transferred

• 69% had no discernible milestone
• 19% were lost after first year
PCC, Planning & Research, 2009

Welcome! Good luck getting the
classes you need.

78% of new students placed into developmental education English 85% of new students placed into developmental education math Developmental education English & math placements: 8,928 # of seats available for new students: 1,234
PCC, Planning & Research, Fall 2010

Focusing Efforts, Herding the Cats

Pathways at PCC
First-Year Pathways • • • • • XL Athletes Pathway International Student Pathway Design Tech Pathway Music Pathway

Other Programs Serving First-Year Students • Ujima • Puente • Veterans Learning Collaborative

Pathways Teams
XL Staff • English, ESL, Math, and Counseling leads • Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator • Tech Team First Year Pathways Council • Program coordinators • Academic & Counseling Deans • Enrollment Management • Outreach, A&R, Assessment, Research

The First Year Pathways Process
Fall April High school outreach PCC application, assessment prep at PCC, on site assessment, FYE application Info sessions at PCC -- guaranteed full schedule, priority registration Summer bridges (Math, ESL, and Design Jams) English, math, College 1, GE course Student Success Team: counseling, coaching, tutoring Campus events: One Book, One College and FYP Student Conference English, math, GE courses Counseling, coaching, tutoring

June August Fall


First-Year Pathway students begin college with a two-week orientation and math prep. We call it MATH JAM.

FYE seminars [like College 1] have been shown to increase student persistence, use of campus resources, academic ability, and graduation, especially when paired with shared intellectual experiences such as a One Book, One College Program (National Resource Center), but such programs are most effective when they are rooted in a broad base of support across campus, evolving with input and involvement from faculty from across the disciplines, classified staff, and students.

The Fall 2011 FYP Schedule
9/15 Dr. George R. Boggs, President Emeritus of Palomar College and of the American Association of Community Colleges FYE Professional Learning What We Can Do to Increase College Completion Rates Effective Strategies for Teaching First Year Students; Introduction to the FYE Pathways Program Teaching for Uncoverage: Using Backward Design to move beyond “content anxiety” It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing Immediate Immediacy: Engaging Today’s College Student Beyond the “Diversity Requirement”: Innovative Approaches to Support an Inclusive Classroom 9/21 & 22

10/5 & 6 10/14 10/20 11/16 & 17

FYE Professional Learning Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running Chris Gurrie, Director of Speech Program, University of Tampa FYE Professional Learning


Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George The Legacy of The Pact Jenkins, authors of The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream

11/30 & 12/1

FYE Professional Learning

Who Wrote Your Syllabus? Using the Syllabus and First Day of Class to Ignite Student Success

First Annual FYE Student Conference


2011-12 FYE Cohort Findings
Comparative Results (Fall 2011) FYE students had higher engagement with faculty, higher engagement with peers, higher participation in campus activities, and a greater sense of security. A higher proportion of FYP students attempted English 1A, Math 125, and Math 131.

Pre-Post Results for FYE (Fall 2011 to Spring 2012) There was a statistically significant increase in engagement with faculty. Class participation was a statistically significant predictor of GPA. There was a statistically significant increase in math anxiety.

1. A Firm Foundation -- Ten years of experience with first year experience programs 2. Our North Star – The Educational Master Plan 3. The L Word – Solid leadership and support from administration 4. The A Team – A unique combination of skill sets and personalities

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Communicate, communicate, communicate Rich Man, Poor Man – Allocating scarce resources Rising Expectations – Solve the problem right now Size Matters – How big can we get? MySpace – Move over. It’s crowded in here. The Ins and Outs – Students outside the district Techno funk – Pretend it’s 1985. It’s not hard. Then what? – What happens to students after the first year? 9. Selling success– Why do I need College 1? 10. The McDonald’s dilemma – Special orders kind of upset us.

Unintended Outcomes
The FYPs is a focus and catalyst for institutional transformation… 1. Managed Enrollment & Program Discontinuance 2. Dialogue and collaboration between faculty and counselors 3. Program redesign 4. Tutoring center coordination 5. Professional development