Early in this initiative, MCAN and MCCA will bring together “learning teams.” Each team will be composed of community college and high school partners, whose campuses will serve as demonstration sites. Learning teams will use the updated 2020 Core Principles for Transforming Remediation, which will serve as the framework to design and implement projects that improve academic transitions, described below.
SUPPORT AND COMMITMENTS
The network of learning teams will receive support from MCAN and the MCSS. This includes grant funding, broad design parameters, and access to technical assistance and national experts who work on high-impact practices associated with improved academic transitions and gateway course completion. In return, teams will commit to working toward specific improvements that are consistent with the core aims of the initiative. In addition, teams will engage in knowledge development and the sharing of lessons learned through the partnership.
Each learning team project will focus on closing racial equity gaps with respect to increasing access to, and success in, gateway math courses. Project examples include:
- A senior-level transition course for high school students who are not yet college-ready at the end of their junior year that prepares them for gateway college math;
- Math course placement reform (e.g. grade-point average, multiple measures) aimed at increasing access to gateway math for more students; and
- Enhancements in pedagogy (active and experiential learning) or student advising (integrated or holistic supports) that accompany structural changes (multiple measures placement, co-requisite courses), aimed at increasing gateway course success in math.
YEAR ONE TIMELINE
Proposed* timeline is as follows
August-September: Exploratory conversations
Oct. 30: Application deadline
Nov. 16: Award notification
Dec. 1: Program start date
Nov. 20, 2021: Program end date
Dec. 30, 2021: Final report and financials due
*Timeline will be adjusted based on interest form feedback.