Provost provides Board of Trustees with embedded academic support update

Provost Elaine Pogoncheff updated the Board of Trustees on work done to embed academic support throughout the college during its Sept. 24 meeting. The college convened an Embedded Academic Support Team in February and began implementing first steps during the summer. Actions taken included:

  • Implement a “no late enrollment” policy based on data showing reduced success rates for students who enrolled after class had begun. An increased number of late-start classes were scheduled to accommodate students who missed enrollment deadlines.
  • A redesign of student intake assessments to better understand the support needs of new students.
  • Allow students to use multiple measures – including high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores – to prove their readiness for college-level courses.
  • Offer math and reading/writing refresher courses for students wishing to prepare for placement testing.
  • Assign Supplemental Instruction Leaders to support students in gateway college-level courses.
  • Co-require remedial math and/or reading/writing courses with concurrent enrollment in college-level courses for students who did not place into college-level courses.
  • Assign all new students to an academic success coach and create a proactive check-in schedule to assess progress and support needs.

LCC is also assessing the impact of the initiative on student enrollment, persistence and success. The college has collected baseline data to be able to measure results moving forward.

The next stage of design and implementation is focused on college-level courses, especially multi-section, high-enrollment gateway courses. The college has asked academic programs to identify the embedded academic supports that make the most sense for their discipline and courses. The college is also moving forward with integration of IT systems to facilitate collaboration and communication between faculty, academic success coaches, academic advisors and others. Additionally, LCC is focused on working with the web team to update and improve student “self-help” pages for friendly design and ease of navigation.

Pogoncheff’s report was in response to the Developmental Education Resolution passed by the Board of Trustees during its January 2018 meeting, and is the first of three reports required for Fiscal Year 2019. The full report is available in the Board packet.

During the meeting, the trustees approved:

  • A $275,000 increase to the previously approved cost to replace switchgear servicing the TLC Building from the Lansing Board of Water and Light, as well as replace other equipment. The increase brings the total project cost to $900,000, and work is expected to be complete by June 2019.
  • A certification to the State of Michigan Budget Office that LCC is in compliance with best practices required to receive state funding.
  • A $387,000 no bid purchase order to fund annual Library subscriptions from the non-profit Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. The funds will cover Library subscriptions through Sept. 30, 2020.
  • A combined four-year total of $448,800 for contracts with the Hamm Consulting Group and Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates to provide local and federal lobbyist services for the college. The contract period is one year with three one-year options to extend.

The Board also approved several policy changes. The College Policy Review Committee is examining the board’s college policies to review, revise, eliminate or establish as needed. Approved changes include:

  • Elimination of the “Academic Progress” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Revisions to the “Academic Records” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Academic Standing” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Approval of New Courses and Programs” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Attendance” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Canceled Classes” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Classroom and Laboratory Visitor” policy.
  • Elimination of the “Course Withdrawal” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Revisions to the “Credit for Previously Acquired Knowledge and Learning Experience” policy, and with it, elimination of the “Acceptance and Evaluation of Transfer Credits from Other Institutions of Higher Education” and “Credit by Examination” policies.
  • Elimination of the “Late Enrollment for Face-to-Face Classes” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.

Trustees also received drafts of further proposed policy changes. They include:

  • Revisions to the “Academic Amnesty” policy.
  • Elimination of the “Academic Dishonesty” policy in favor of the creation of procedures to address plagiarism.
  • Elimination of the “Auditing Courses” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Elimination of the “Credit and Non-Credit Courses” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Revisions to the “Dual Enrollment Program” policy, and with it, elimination of the “Home School” and “Special Admissions” policies.
  • Revisions to the “Due Process” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Eligibility for In-District, In-State, Out-of-State or International Tuition” policy.
  • Creation of the “Ethics and Standards of Conduct for Students” policy.
  • Elimination of the “General Education Core Curriculum” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Revisions to the “Granting of additional Associate Degrees” policy.
  • Elimination of the “I Grade” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Elimination of the “No Show (NS) Grade” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Elimination of the “Prerequisites” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Revisions to the “Program Effectiveness” policy.
  • Elimination of the “Using a Course More than Once for Credit Toward a Degree or Certificate” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.
  • Elimination of the “Variable Credit” policy in favor of the creation of procedures.

Details on all policies are available in the Board’s meeting packet.

The Board will next meet 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.