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CBC Smart Start: A Quality Enhancement Plan
“The QEP was developed after conducting student surveys and extensively reviewing student data. Our QEP is designed to raise the bar and raise expectations of CBC students and staff. It’s about packaging services to make the freshman experience at CBC better than ever. All of these things led us to developing the CBC Smart Start experience,” said Velma Elizalde, Vice President of Student and Administrative Services at Coastal Bend College.
CBC Smart Start was designed to ensure all students at CBC have the tools, support, and knowledge they need in order to be successful. There are 3 main components to the CBC Smart Start QEP: a mandatory student orientation, a dedicated faculty advisor, and EDUC 1300 student success course - My Cougar Course:
CBC Smart Start builds on the college’s student success agenda by utilizing data to turn initiatives into practice. All three components together will work hand-in-hand to help increase student success, learning outcomes, retention, and completion rates at all CBC sites. For more information about the CBC Smart Start QEP, please contact the QEP Director at (361) 354-2276.
Coastal Bend College Student Success Course:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
requirements are central to the Student Success Course:
The QEP Team developed a Pilot Student Success Course for
the fall of 2013, My COUGAR Course, which was grounded in CBC instructional
data, CCSE results, focus group reports, and Best Practices research. They also
identified the requirements for the course and the nine learning outcomes. My
COUGAR Course will be:
EDUC 1300 essential requirements for becoming “college
Research indicates that students
who complete a student success course, also referred to as a First Year Seminar
(FYS), are more likely to complete other courses, earn better grades, and have
higher overall GPA’s, and obtain degrees. – Center for Community College
Student Engagement (2012)
My COUGAR Course is designed to
create a sense of community between the students, the personnel, and their
environment. The strategies and insights gained from the course should insure
each student will:
of My COUGAR Course requires collaboration across campuses:
“Incredible learning can result when faculty work together
with student support staff to create a total focus on learning, knowing, and
doing with an institution” (Mellow & Hellan, 2008).
Why a Student Success Course?
College Readiness was identified as a major challenge facing
CBC students by a consensus of the students and faculty who participated in a survey
in May 2012. It was confirmed as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic. The
QEP Team has continued to develop a data-driven, research-based plan of action
to implement a Student Success course to improve the college readiness of
Coastal Bend College students.
Foundational researcher David Conley defines college
readiness as a multifaceted concept which crosses four interacting, overlapping
dimensions of knowledge and skills; key cognitive strategies; key content
knowledge; academic behaviors; and contextual skills. Students who demonstrate
competence across four areas are more likely to complete educational goals.
CBC’s Student Success Course curriculum will align with
Conley’s definition and is specifically designed to assist each student to :
identify personal learning styles and strategies to become more efficient,
lifelong learners; develop short and long term goals; evaluate personal
behaviors/ethics and congruence with communities; develop and practice research
and technology skills; prioritize responsibilities; align educational and
career goals with personal interests; and more.
Center for Community College Student Engagement (2012). A
Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student success (A
First Look). Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin, Community College
Conley, D. T. (2007). Redefining College readiness, Volume
5. Eugene, OR: Educational Policy Improvement Center.
Mellow, G.O. & Hellan, C. (2008). Minding the dream: The process and practice of the American community
college. Lanham, M. D.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.