SUCCESS FACTORS
Theme: Culture of Achievement
Organization Level: Institution-Level
Critical elements: Leaders, staff, and faculty within the institution believe that preparing all students to successfully advance to the next level of education is an essential and obtainable goal. This mindset is central to establishing this system-wide mission. The goal shapes all aspects of the institution and is evident in the daily life of every student.
Practice: Clearly establish a system-wide mission believing all students can successfully advance to the next level of education.

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CriteriaLess Effective PracticesDeveloping Success FactorsCollege Readiness and Success
Communication of Mission

The mission of the institution is not clearly communicated and there is no guiding set of principles to determine priorities.

The institution clearly articulates on an annual basis the broad goals for all students concerning their academic achievement mission.

The institution frequently and consistently communicates a clear prioritization of specific change efforts to improve student outcomes.

Support of Mission

The institution has begun efforts of establishing a regional College Promise initiative with a few districts.

The institution has established regional College Promise initiatives, with some institutional commitments from K-12 districts, community colleges and universities to remove barriers and articulate a clear pathway for students.

The institution has established regional College Promise initiatives, with institutional commitments from K-12 districts, community colleges and universities to remove barriers and articulate a clear, accessible pathway for students (especially low income, first generation and YMOC) to attend and complete college.

Learning From one Another

The institution allows no time or access to effective practices from other institutions.

The institution supports engagement with other colleges to better understand effective practices.

The institution creates venues where key concepts of effective practices learned from other institutions can be shared with a broad cross-section of faculty and staff.

Orientation

The institution provides minimal support informing students transitioning from high school or any new student to community college other than the website.

The institution provides a face-to-face orientation program in which most students participate, as well as offers web-based orientation.

The institution sees great value in providing mandatory orientation programs for all students. These programs extend beyond the registration period to include mandatory first-year experience courses and/or intrusive advising services.

Multiple Measures

The institution feels it is best to use only one assessment to determine appropriate course placement for students.

The institution utilizes multiple measures for students to improve course placement.

The institution establishes and personalizes a system utilizing multiple measures of student capacity to improve placement of all students into an appropriate academic level where students are most likely to succeed without remediation.







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