Partnering for Student Success in South Texas
HSI Partnering Grant
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-KINGSVILLE AND DELMAR COLLEGE: PARTNERING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS IN SOUTH TEXAS
The mission of the HSI Partnering Grant is to improve persistence and graduation rates and help facilitate the transition between community college to university to the workforce for Hispanic and low income students. The HSI partnering grant also provides professional development for faculty to improve course delivery and support active learning for Hispanic and low income students.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Del Mar College have joined together in a number of successful collaborations designed to increase student achievement. This shared history of cooperation provides the nurturing environment needed for this Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institution Partnering Grant.
The shared commitment that TAMU-K and DMC have with respect to the students, families and communities of South Texas is enhanced by their being located in proximity with one another. Faculty and staff from the two institutions collaborate on a continuing basis and both institutions are represented on the Board of Directors for Citizens for Educational Excellence, the P-16 Leadership Council tasked with improving student achievement and college and career readiness in public schools of the region. Finally, both TAMU-K and DMC fall under the auspices of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and, as such, are aligned in many areas of curriculum, (the common core, e.g.), assessment (student learner outcomes, e.g.), and reporting (continuing reports on enrollment, retention and graduation rates).
Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMU-K) is a state- supported institution serving an area of rural South Texas bordering Mexico. The University serves an area approximately the size of West Virginia, ranging from San Antonio to the Mexican border. TAMU-K is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution, with ~57% of its student population being Hispanic.
Del Mar College. Del Mar College (DMC) is a community college located in Corpus Christi, TX, which offers a wide variety of academic and vocational programs to traditional and adult learners. DMC is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution, with 58% of its student population being Hispanic.
Activity 1: Strengthening Academic Support Programs and Services Enhancing Student Success. Activity 1 projects have been designed which will enhance student retention and persistence as they progress along the curricular stream from the first year of college to graduation. To help students overcome obstacles to success in gateway courses, supplemental instruction (SI) will be implemented in the freshman year and beyond. This program (SI) targets traditionally difficult academic courses, courses that have a high rate of Ds, and a high rate of withdrawals. Professional development for faculty and staff will be provided and a new event, a South Texas Success Conference for HSIs and emerging HSIs in the state and region, will be supported.
Activity 2: Strengthening Institutional Capacity in Career Services and Enhancing Academic Success through Off-Campus Internship Programming. Activity 2 will develop and strengthen institutional capacity in career services and off-campus internship programming as a positive influence on student success and retention at TAMU-K and DMC. Participants on each campus will develop skills and abilities appropriate to their chosen profession as they gain in their understanding of opportunities available to them upon graduation. Increased understanding will develop as students participate in off-campus internships. No grant funds will be used to compensate students as interns. As students are prepared for life after college in the professional world in this program, they will develop a better sense of options available to them as they develop skills and abilities important to the workforce.
Professional Developments :
Measurable Outcomes. Project evaluation will assess achievement of the following TAMU-K – DMC Title V goals: Student Success Pipeline for activity 1 and 2 participants, Progression toward degree completion for activity 1 and 2 participants compared to peers; Attitudinal changes associated with program implementation; Employer satisfaction; Faculty/staff satisfaction with professional development activities; and Faculty/staff attitudinal changes associated with program implementation.
This page was last updated on: October 16, 2012