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MY-GPS: Mapping Your Guided Pathway to Success (Title III Grant)

MY-GPS: Mapping Your Guided Pathway to Success (Title III Grant)

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Roane State Community College (RSCC) is a comprehensive, public, two-year postsecondary institution located in Harriman, Tennessee that serves the needs of a diverse eight-county service area. With nine campus locations, RSCC offers a wide range of flexible teaching delivery modes and distance education technologies. The college awards the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Science in Teaching degrees for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution. Additionally, the college awards Associate of Applied Science degrees and Technical Certificates for students who want to enter the workforce. Nearly half of students enrolled at Roane State are low-income (45.5%), and over half (53.8%) are first-generation college students.

Roane State will implement a Title III Strengthening Institutions Program project entitled MY-GPS (Mapping Your Guided Pathway to Success), a single Activity to improve academic success and completion by providing students with enhanced academic and career planning options and holistic support services. Strategies include Program Guided Pathways, enhanced student success services including success coaching and mandatory advisement, and course scheduling that facilitates timely program completion.

Title III Goal and Objectives

Roane State Community College will increase student completion rates by implementing an integrated model of student services designed to enhance student success. By September 30, 2020, Roane State will:

  1. Increase the % of first-time, full-time degree or certificate-seeking students who were in their first semester of college the previous fall and are enrolled the current fall semester from 62.9% to 64.9%
  2. Increase the % of first-time, full-time degree or certificate-seeking students who graduate within 150% of normal time from 17.4% to 20.7%
  3. Decrease the % of students who graduate from an associate program with more than 150% required credit hours from 12.5% to 8%
  4. Decrease the % of students who graduate from a certificate program with more than 150% required credit hours from 50% to 45%
  5. Decrease the % of “withdrawal” grades from 7.7% to 4.1%
  6. Decrease the % of students who change majors more than once in any single semester from 1.7% to .5%

Competitive Preference Priority

Roane State’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program proposal addresses the Competitive Preference Priority: Supporting Programs, Practices, or Strategies for which there is Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness.

Stephens, N.M., Hamedani, M.G., & Destin, M. (2014). Closing the social-class achievement gap: A difference-education intervention improves first-generation students’ academic performance and all students’ college transition. Psychological Science, 25(4), 943-953.

Contact: 

Jeffrey J Tinley • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4816 • tinleyjj@roanestate.edu

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