The Foundations for Student Success/Title III grant is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The formal grant term was from 2011 to 2016.
Mesa Community College has institutionalized many features of the grant including the Director of Developmental Education to help coordinate the developmental education program at the college and Foundations Advising to ensure proactive advisement for students who place into preparatory coursework.
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.