Raising Expectations of Achievement for African-American Males

African-American male students at the Central Georgia Technical College were taking twice as long in completing their program of study and had lower success rates than their peers. An organization called Raising Expectations of Achievement (REACH) was created Spring semester 2014 to improve the outcomes of this population. The vision of this organization is to create a college community which pursues, empowers, and fosters an environment for student success in post-secondary education and beyond. The purpose of this organization is to also collaborate with community and industry-driven leaders who proactively establish a professional standard of values and ethics towards challenging and nourishing students to achieve a productive lifestyle.

The REACH committee is comprised of faculty and staff who conduct by-monthly success-driven work sessions on concepts such as Leadership, Communication and Study Skills, Stress and Time Management, Cultural Diversity, and Professional Image. Students are engaged in discussions and activities centered on these sessions. Committee members also mentor students and guide them on the road to retention and graduation. Students are exposed to career options, enhanced academic progression and career placement opportunities. The ultimate goal of this organization is to focus on overall student development by grooming them to become productive citizens, facilitating their growth by sharing valuable resources and networks, and challenging them to strive for excellence.

The Purpose of REACH is to collaborate with community and industry-driven leaders who proactively establish a professional standard of values and ethics towards challenging and nourishing students to achieve a productive lifestyle.

The Vision of REACH: Raising Expectations of Achievement envisions a college community which pursues, empowers, and fosters an environment for student success in post-secondary education and beyond.

Targeted Population:  Men of Color who are first-time enrollees in at least one Learning Support course and a Recipient of PELL at Central Georgia Technical College.

Intervention Strategy: REACH Results

Year 1: 2013 Planning Year

  • Devised REACH concept to improve performance of men of color;
  • Hired a Program Specialist in the Institutional Effectiveness Organization to oversee REACH and PBI objectives;
  • Devised a Committee of faculty and staff mentors to oversee REACH activities;
  • Devised REACH program and evaluation criteria;

Year 2: 2014 Data Year

  • In AY2014, of the 36 beginning students, 21 remained in the program (58.3%) and 13 of the 21 (62%) had G.P.A.s of 2.0 or higher;
  • Partnered with internal stakeholders, e.g. faculty and staff, to support REACH activities;
  • Partnered with external stakeholders, e.g. business, industry, and community organizations;

 

Year 3: 2015 Data Year

  • In AY2015, total beginning participants was 53 of which 47 (89%) had a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher; with an additional 30 participants in Spring semester bringing total participants to date to 83 students of which 15 were alumni;
  • Conducted REACH outreach each semester enrolling 100 participants from Fall, AY2014 to Spring, AY2015; New students may join the organization each semester
  • Partnered with internal stakeholders, e.g. faculty and staff, to support REACH activities;
  • Partnered with external stakeholders, e.g. business, industry, and community organizations;
  • Started a SAAB (Society for African American Brotherhood) Chapter;
  • Sponsored students and faculty mentors at the 2015 National convening of SAAB.

 

Year 4: 2015 Data Year

In AY2016, total beginning participants declined dramatically requiring a restructuring and management change. 
Partnered with internal stakeholders, e.g. faculty and staff, to support REACH activities;
Partnered with external stakeholders, e.g. business, industry, and community organizations;
Mainainted a SAAB (now referred to as Brother 2 Brother) Chapter;
Sponsored students and faculty mentors at the 2016 National convening of SAAB.

ID 15573

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #15573, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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