Foundations for Student Success

Federal data indicate that 68 percent of community college students and 40 percent of students at open-access four-year colleges take at least one remedial course.      

from Community College Research Core, Teacher's College April 2014

What's Our Focus?

The FSS grant objectives focus on improving the quality of developmental education programs starting with the developmental math program and moving into developmental reading and developmental English.

The focus on developmental education at MCC is one of the strategies for increasing completion rates overall. Specifically, grant priorities are related to the improvement of course completion rates and improvement of persistence and graduation rates at the college.

How Do We Do This?

Grant activities center on intensive, continual professional development for faculty who teach developmental education courses, the redesign of developmental courses, and the redesign of academic learning environments. 

Each of the core disciplines (math, reading, and English) has a 2-year implementation life cycle to incorporate faculty training and curriculum changes. A portion of grant funds are being utilized to purchase new technology/equipment for classroom and laboratory use for each core discipline.

The Foundations for Student Success is a Strengthening Institutions Program, Title III, Part A grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The $2,000,000 federal grant allocates $400,000 per year over a 5-year period from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2016.