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  • mandatory new student orientation

    The Mandatory New Student Orientation workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to learn more about the college environment, specifically in the areas of financial aid and academic advising. All first time in college students in each semester will be required to attend both a Financial Aid session and an Advising/Registration session, including information about the college online registration process (eConnect).

  • Supplemental instruction

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning that increases student performance and retention. SI offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted course. SI study sessions are informal sessions in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop study strategies, and prepare for exams. Students learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills. The SI sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders,” students who have previously and successfully completed the targeted course. The Coordinator and SI leaders will create awareness and promote program attendance through presentations, brochures, and flyers.

  • developmental studies: professional development

    The developmental education program improvement plan for reading, writing, and math will consist of implementing a new model based on best practices that will reduce the amount of time students spend in the sequence of developmental coursework. Faculty will analyze existing processes, research successful initiatives, and consult with developmental education specialists. Full time faculty partnering with the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center will provide professional development activities for adjunct faculty that will utilize successfully piloted developmental education best practices. This will provide more opportunities to mentor, communicate, and build community with adjunct faculty.
  • college readiness initiative

    A summer bridge program will be offered to students placing into developmental mathematics at the highest level or developmental reading at the highest level. The program will provide DMAT093, DREA093, and PSYT 1313 (Student Success) and group tutoring over six weeks during the summer months for Spring 2011 high school graduates. Online supplements will also be used to enhance classroom instruction. Students completing the summer bridge program will be advised and enrolled in fall classes should they choose to continue their studies at El Centro College.

  • faculty advising

    The purpose of this intervention is to expand and strengthen the academic guidance and mentoring to ECC students, and to serve as a retention and success strategy for first time in college students, and students in technical programs. Faculty will receive professional development in the form of Academic Advising training, and database training. They will meet with their students at least once a month outside of class; provide career and academic advising; serve as a mentor, advocate and coach; and refer students to other campus support services as needed.