Learning Environment Adaptability Project (LEAP)

McLennan Community College embarked on a five year initiative titled Learning Environment Adaptability Project in 2012 to address first time in college students' Emotional Intelligence.  The project's goal is to help students become more self aware and self motivated, providing them necessary resources, and coaching to learn skills of adaptability  in order to be successful in the college experience and beyond.  The initiative addresses the student's first year experience through interventions with a focused orientation, a first semester Learning Frameworks courses, and Emotional Intelligence modules in Gateway courses. This also includes professional development of faculty and staff on Emotional Intelligence skills and how they in turn can help students towards their success.  Other aspects include an early alert system and success coaches to address student needs throughout the semester.  The whole process is managed through data collection process that informs each step of the process.

At of the end of Spring 2016, over 50 gateway faculty had been trained in EI and developed EI modules in their curriculum.The Learning Frameworks course is required for all first time in college students.   An increasing number of faculty have taken advantage of professional development for certification in Emotional Intelligence which will allow them to teach Learning Frameworks. As a result, there have been discipline-specific LF courses developed for Engineering majors, Honors College students, Visual and Performing Arts majors.  A section has also been developed for Men of Color that corresponds to a MOC Mentoring Program.

Spring of 2017 brings us to the end of LEAP.  However, all  parts of the initiative will remain in place such as Learning Frameworks for all FTIC students, consistent and constant access to Orientation online as well as face-to- face student led Connections, faculty EI certification and Early Warning system.  With dual credit becoming more popular, Learning Frameworks is now offered to 9th graders as the first DC class they take at MCC.

Quantitatively, we have seen a rise in GPA with FTIC grades  going from 60% Success rate (grades A-C) in Fall 2010 to 68% Success rate in Fall 2015.  Fall to Fall retention (2010-2015) for FTIC students went from 57% to 59%.  Qualitatively,  students  said they felt more successful in school or a particular class when self-management and/or Intrapersonal skills were addressed and less successful when these areas of EI were not addressed or were done poorly.

LEAP was the primary driver for  our institutional ATD plan.  Although the LEAP initiative comes to an end, the focus on student success is ongoing.  The research on LEAP will be preserved in an institutional digital repository, MCC will contiue work in diaggregating the data and continue to expand the student success services.




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