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
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, in partnership with
- Comstock High School
- Gull Lake High School
Macomb Community College, in partnership with
- Chippewa Valley High School
- Jefferson High School
- Monroe High School
- Dundee Community Schools
Gogebic Community College, in partnership with
- Ewen-Trout Creek High School
Grand Rapids Community College, in partnership with
- Grand Rapids Public Schools
Michigan community colleges are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity. Though Cohort 1 has already began work, there is still space available in Cohort 2 to begin work in June! To learn more and apply, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.