KC selected to join ‘Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count’:
Signifying a commitment to student success and institutional improvement, Kilgore College, along with 26 other colleges from seven states and the District of Columbia have joined “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count”, and will begin work to identify new strategies to improve student success, close achievement gaps and increase retention, persistence and completion rates.
What is Achieving the Dream?
Kilgore College is part of a national organization to help more community college students - particularly low-income students and students of color - succeed. These students come to us with high hopes, but too many leave without completing the courses they take, earning certificates or earning degrees. We want to learn what we can do as an institution to change that.
What exactly is Kilgore College doing?
We are tracking the progress of students as they move through classes to see where they are successful and where they are not. This means we are using the data we have more intentionally and, in some cases, gathering new data to help us better understand what keeps students on our campus and what causes them to leave.
Using data to help close performance gaps...
Achieving the Dream focuses on measurable outcomes, particularly closing achievement gaps. Because there are disparities in student outcomes at community colleges, Achieving the Dream colleges are disaggregating student achievement data — breaking it down by race, age and other demographic characteristics — to better understand and begin to close performance gaps.
ATD Official Website
KC Achieving the Dream Annual Data Profile Tables:
(Fall Cohorts 2007 to 2012 for First Time In College plus First Time At KC Transfers)
ATD Data Summit - Oct. 19, 2010:
Data Summit Areas of Concern (no particular order):
Non-returners: Black males have the highest drop out rate.Table Discussion #1
Overall success: Males perform poorer than females.Table Discussion #2
Overall success: Black students perform poorest when compared with whites and Hispanics.Table Discussion #3
Developmental mathematics: Students on Pell perform poorer, especially <20-year olds in the lowest two levels of developmental mathematics.Table Discussion #4
Arts appreciation courses (ARTS 1301, DRAM 1310, MUSI 1306) & BCIS (computer applications): For students enrolled in these core curriculum courses, those required to be enrolled in at least one developmental course perform poorer than students not required to be in a developmental course.Table Discussion #5 Table Discussion #5 (BCIS and History Only)
KC Core Team Members:
Mike Turpin, Chair; Mariann Baker, Bill Holda; Robin Huskey; Mike Jenkins; Becky Johnson; and Gerald Stanglin.
KC Data Team Members:
Mike Turpin, Chair; Mariann Baker; Dave Bugay; Lucy Carroll; Trey Hattaway; Robin Huskey; Becky Johnson; Staci Martin; Jimmy Rieves; Donald Seals; and Rob Williams.