Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) was awarded a five-year Individual Development Grant ($1.765 million) under the Strengthening Institutions Program, authorized under Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The primary goals of executing this grant are:
•To increase retention (within each semester) of high risk students (enrolled in at least one CPCC developmental course);
To increase the number of high risk students that receive a grade of "C" or better in their developmental courses;
•To increase the number of high risk students who graduate (with a certificate or Associates degree) or transfer to a four-year institution;
•To increase the percentage of developmental faculty who incorporate multiple teaching methods to accommodate student learning/cognitive styles in their teaching; and
•To increase high risk students' access to improved academic and student support services.
Improving Academic and Student Support Services for High Risk Students
The College will implement an Activity to address the single, most significant problem threatening the self-sufficiency of the institution--too many developmental students are unsuccessful. The Activity is composed of three components that relate directly to the success of developmental students, and should result in a response that integrates student services with classroom teaching:
Component 1: Improving Student Services
Component 2: Improving Faculty Skills
Component 3: Improving Technology for Student Tracking
At the end of five years, CPCC will have established: an expanded and improved model of student services for high risk students operating from Student Success Centers on each of its six campuses; two new assessment instruments to determine student learning/cognitive styles and personality types; a comprehensive orientation course for entering high risk students; a faculty training series to increase integration of student learning styles and student success strategies into teaching; an online supplemental instruction/tutoring program for developmental English and reading; and an Online Student Profile providing faculty and staff with access to demographic and performance data, student goals, assessment results and an early warning system for student intervention.