Launching a College Transition Center at Davidson County Community College
How might we create a College Transition Center to improve student outcomes?
- Launched a College Transition Center to deliver developmental education at no direct cost to students
- Recruited former high school teachers skilled in instruction as faculty
- Designed center to encourage collaboration
- Enhanced student sense of leadership and confidence through peer-based instruction
- Invited students to participate in center messaging and promotion
- Implemented a proven, interactive computer software (Hawkes) to accompany curriculum
The percentage of students who successfully completed developmental education courses increased from 2014-15 to 2015-16 from:
- 75% to ~90% in DMA 010 course (math)
- ~50% to 87% in DMA 020 course (math)
- 57% to 71% in DRE 096 course (reading)
Student performance in curriculum-level gateway courses improved, and 7 out of 7 students who participated in the center passed their gateway courses.