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February 24 - Genetics Workshop

February - Press Release: Black History Month

February - Learning Resource Center Workshops

February to April - Diversity & Inclusion: The Last Mountain

March - Learning Resource Center Workshops'

March 3 & more - Men and Women Advocacy

March 4 - Art Gallery: Heros Among Us

Though March 5 - Art Gallery: 1000 New Visions of Detroit

March 7 - Broadway Tonite

March 11 - All About the Arts: Ring of Steel

March 25 & more - PTK Spring Meeting Dates

March 28 - Diversity & Inclusion: Celebrating Women's History Month

April - Learning Resource Center Workshops

April 2 - All About the Arts: Community Sing

April 9 & 30 - Thursdays at the Museum

April 18 - Flashback & Funny Forward

April 25 - 4th Annual Earth day: Climate Action

May 23 - Home Garden Community Event

June 13 - 2020 Commencement Ceremony

2020 Commencement Class Meeting Schedule

2020 Special Recognition Award Application

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Detroit Opportunity Youth Collaborative Program

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Learning Resource Centers (LRC) and Local Library Partnerships

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Press Release: WCCCD Signs Transfer Agreements with 25 Michigan Universities

Spring 2020 Federal Work-Study Orientation

Student Assistance Program

Wayne County Community College District offers former students debt relief

WCCCD and Taylor Library Literacy Partnership

Wildcats Basketball 2019-2020 Schedule

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ACHIEVING THE DREAM INITIATIVE AT WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT— ACHIEVEMENTS

WCCCD serves 32 communities and townships in Wayne County, Michigan with a total population of nearly 2 million citizens. WCCCD is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan and serves a very diverse student body.  WCCCD operates five campuses of which two are in suburban areas (Western Campus and Downriver Campus) and three are in urban areas (Downtown Campus, Eastern Campus, and Northwest Campus). 

The WCCCD Achieving the Dream team is currently focusing on two major initiatives: (1) increasing student achievement by implementing Learning Communities, and (2 ) increasing student retention by instituting the early alert system. Soon the AtD team will begin a third initiative called the Lecture Capture System. Lecture capture is an umbrella term describing any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally. In addition to simple video recordings, instructors can incorporate other media as well (charts, diagrams, graphs, maps, tables, and websites) to enhance interactive learning. The AtD program has become the leading edge of the redefinition, promotion, and implementation of WCCCD’s student success agenda.  AtD has launched the district on a long-term journey of transformation in the way in which student success is defined, pursued, and achieved.

A summary of 2008-09 AtD activities is as follows:

Priority Area One: Improve the student advisement process:
Improve the early alert system and increase in faculty participation; create professional development programs for faculty members and student advisors; conduct research on student COMPASS testing, advisement, and course placement practices; create a faculty/staff task force to align COMPASS cut-off scores to developmental education course objectives; and training of registration staff on COMPASS protocols.

Priority Area Two: Improve academic performance of developmental English students:
Implement new approaches in communication with faculty members on needs of the AtD student cohort; increase in faculty referral of students to the learning center; develop toolkits of teaching techniques specific to the needs of the AtD student cohort; improve the assessment of student learning outcomes and feedback for teaching and learning improvement.

Priority Area Three: Increase the student retention rate for first-time degree-seeking students:
Establish baseline and benchmark data on student retention; conduct faculty and advisor dialogue sessions to discuss student retention issues and solutions; design and implement formative and summative assessment processes; complete first phase of implementation of effective interventions to increase student retention.

Priority Area Four: Expand Institutional Effectiveness capacity:
As part of AtD initiative one of WCCCD most notable achievements has been the continuous enhancement of the college’s institutional research capacity in support of AtD as well as state and federal agencies accountability initiatives.  The Office of Institutional Effectiveness continues to expand institutional research functions through professional development and increased use of management reports to measure student success and quality improvement initiatives such as AtD.  The need for tracking the progress of the AtD student cohort was one of the primary driving forces for the expansion of WCCCD’s institutional research capacity and the strengthening of the overall institutional effectiveness function.  Other related improvements include a number of upgrades to the information technology capacity, coordination of a web-based survey research calendar of more than 25 instruments a year, and advancement of multiple strategies for environmental scanning efforts to ensure timely response to changes that impact the college within its internal and external climate.

 
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