September 16, 2016
Alamo Colleges Breaks Records in Student Success
The Alamo Colleges has achieved a resounding success in its efforts to increase student completion, awarding more than 12,000 degrees and certificates to students in FY2016! This represents a 22.5% increase over the 9,778 awarded in FY2015 and exceeds not only the goal of 10,500 for FY2016, but the FY2017 target of 11,500. It very nearly eclipses the FY2018 goal of 12,500 and represents an all-time record for the Alamo Colleges!
The record number of degrees and certificates reflects the Alamo Colleges' ongoing efforts to ensure that more students complete their educational goals. These efforts include new programs and initiatives across all the colleges, including 4DX, that encourage students to complete their degree or certificate, as they pursue career employment and a baccalaureate degree. Faculty have played a key role in these efforts, developing intervention and improvement strategies to improve student success in courses that have traditionally had low completion rates and/or poor grades earned.
The Alamo Colleges also achieved significant increases in other measures of student success, including fall-to-fall retention, graduation and the productive grade and course completion rates, while reducing the percentage of the budget allocated to personnel. The Alamo Colleges' bond rating also improved to AAA from Standard & Poor's and Moody's.
Alamo Colleges, Area Universities Collaborate on Pathways
At a press conference recently, Alamo Colleges' Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie joined the five Alamo Colleges' presidents and representatives from 10 area higher education institutions to announce the signing of the first-ever Collaborative Agreement establishing a Transfer Pathways Compact. This agreement commits the institutions to creating guided pathways to improve student success from eighth grade through a bachelor's degree.
On hand to sign a giant poster embellished with logos of all the partners were: Dr. Diane E. Melby, president, Our Lady of the Lake University; Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, president, Hutson-Tilloston University; Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena W. Loston; Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College President Dr. Robert Vela; Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College President Dr. Mike Flores; Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College President Dr. Ric Baser; and Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College Interim President Dr. Tom Cleary.
Also signing were representatives from Austin Community College, Concordia University - Texas, St. Edwards University, St. Mary's University, Texas A&M University San Antonio, Texas State University, University of the Incarnate Word, and University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Transfer Pathways Compact responds to the latest research in higher education which supports the use of guided pathways to increase student completion and success. Elements related to program structure, support services and instructional approaches will be redesigned and realigned to help students: clarify their career and degree goals; choose and enter pathways that will achieve those goals; remain on those pathways to completion; and master knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in the job market and successfully pursue lifelong education.
CTTC Celebrates Grand Opening of New Building
An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) in New Braunfels September 9 to celebrate the opening of the center's new building, which adds about 30,000 square feet to the facility, more than doubling its size. The $6.3 million expansion, which was 16 months in the making, also doubles the number of students the CTTC can serve to more than 3,500 seeking technical certifications or an associate degree. The new building, similar in appearance to the original finished in 2004, houses classrooms, a library, conference rooms, faculty offices and student support areas.
The CTTC was designed to help community members attain entry level job skills or technical skills that lead to jobs or further educational opportunities. The facility also offers nursing programs and a college core academic curriculum that can transfer to a four-year university.
The CTTC operates as a partnership between Alamo Colleges and the cities of New Braunfels and Seguin. The City of New Braunfels included the CTTC expansion project in their May 2013 bond package and secured $4 million, which was combined with a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Additional funding was provided by the New Braunfels 4B Board and the Seguin 4A Board.
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