Foundations for Student Success

Contact Us

Melissa Carpenter

Director: Foundations for Student Success
College Student Educational Services
Office: LB 11 - Room: LB171
P. 480-461-7698 | F. 480-844-3313

Dr. Ashley Armour

Program Analyst: First Year Experience Program, Foundations for Student Success
Office: LB 174 - Library - 1st Floor
P. 480-461-7939

What Students Say

"Thank-you for all your support and encouragement. I have truly enjoyed and learned so much from the workshops - best time I've spent outside of the classroom."
— Vickie


Southern & Dobson

Building: LB 11
P: 480-461-7667

Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fall Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Red Mountain

Building: RDM-W, First Floor
P: 480-654-7735

Math Boot Camp

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Read/Write Boot Camp

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The Foundations for Student Success began as a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Title III grant is part of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). 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 exists for students who place into preparatory coursework.

What's Our Focus?

The FSS grant objectives focused 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, program 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 centered 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) had 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 allocated $400,000 per year over a 5-year period from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2016.