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Arkansas Baptist College
Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) plans to use Achieving the Dream Coaches and Data Coaches in order to assist the college in closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success by improving student learning outcomes, using data to prioritize actions, and implementing and evaluating strategies. By becoming an Achieving the Dream Institution, ABC is dedicated to cultivating a culture of continuous improvement in:
- Methods to recruit, retain, and graduate first generation students
- Enriching formal, informal, and entrepreneurial education experiences
- Data collection and utilization in order to improve decision-making and inform changes in institutional programs.
ABC has begun to strive toward higher student success rates by implementing an assessment plan that includes pre- and post-testing, student surveys, student course evaluations, and course assessment summaries by instructor. With the help of Achieving the Dream, ABC plans to establish solid, systemic institutional improvement and to strengthen their processes for reflecting, analyzing, and monitoring the needs of faculty, staff, students, and the community that surrounds the college.
ABC, originally known as the Minister’s Institute, was founded by both black and white religious leaders in 1884. ABC is a private, historically black, two-year and four-year liberal arts college. ABC is dedicated to the development of graduates who are exceptionally educated, spiritually and culturally aware, and able to meet the demands of our rapidly advancing society. Located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, near the River Market area and the Clinton Presidential Library, a large percentage of enrollment at ABC consists of academically and developmentally underprepared students.
The college’s enrollment has increased from less than 200 to more than 1,100 students within a five-year period. Over 90% of the students at ABC are black and a small percentage of white student enrollment had peaked at 5% for the fall 2010 semester. In that same academic year, 64% of students were male, 86% were enrolled full-time, and 60% of all students were under the age of 24. The majority of students are in-state, yet 3% of students came from foreign countries. In 2010, 82% of students at ABC received Pell grants, while 100% of all students received some form of financial aid.
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