Make the Connection: Accelerated Initiatives with Online and Hybrid Education
General description of the project
The Weekend College was founded in 2015. It was specifically designed for working adults seeking an associate’s degree or a type of certification that can lead to a livable wage. The entire degree is set up in an accelerated 7-week format and can be completed in 18 months or less. The program’s current retention rate is 89% and is just as impressive in success. The program allows students a razor focus on exact pathways so time is not spent taking unneeded courses -this saves students both time and money. Every schedule is tailored to address students’ goals and their educational journey. Data indicates the majority of students taking advantage of this type of program are Hispanic/Latino (over 35% of enrollments). TCC Connect campus continues to refine the program through marketing, adding hyflex courses, and 100% online synchronous courses. Weekend College connects with students through recruitment, advisement, and accelerated programs.
Current technologies utilized are:
Explain project results
This innovative practice reviewed the highest population of learners and ensures all marketing materials are in both English and Spanish. Offering an accelerated degree in the evening and on Saturday accommodates broadens the access to higher education. Engaging with various forms and styles of learning strategies within the program addresses cultural diversity. Implementing various forms of modalities allows learners to choose which technology and establish their learning preference. The program also allows for hands-on classroom time and virtually real-time sessions.
Why it should be considered best practice?
Weekend College is replicable and is considered a best practice because it sets up a schedule and program that is student-centric. The why behind is this type of program will allow for enrollment growth opportunities, address student needs, shorten the time to degree, and focused on advising and case management which allows students to earn a degree while balancing a hectic life and busy work schedule.
Highlights of your proposed presentation
Highlights of this presentation include:
Diving into the DNA (Data, Numbers, and Accountability) of Weekend College
Providing a map of the Weekend College program
Overview of Online Student Services
Overview of Professional development
Presenting various modalities used in the program
The Evaluation Committee will evaluate submitted proposals based on the following criteria. Each area will be rated on a scale from 1 to 7 (1= non-satisfactory; 7 =outstanding), for a maximum of 63 points.