PRESS for Completion

Nationwide, while great strides have been made at community colleges for student success, the proportion of faculty (including adjunct faculty) and student services personnel deeply engaged in the work is modest compared to the total number of faculty and staff at the colleges. Further, the reform work has not yet eliminated the disconnections between academic departments and student services that limit vital collaboration.

Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges, known for their commitment to student-centered evidence-based reforms and outstanding increases in student outcomes, were deemed an ideal network of colleges for testing and expanding innovative faculty and staff engagement strategies and student success interventions. Through a competitive grant program funded by the Walmart Foundation and administered by Achieving the Dream, 15 of 50 eligible Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges were selected in June 2012 to participate in the Walmart PRESS (Persistence, Retention and Student Success) for Completion grant program to deepen faculty and staff engagement while increasing student success. The grant includes a 27-month process during which the selected colleges receive technical assistance and support from Achieving the Dream. In addition, each selected college has agreed to serve as a peer coach and be active in the learning community among the other 200+ colleges in the larger Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.

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  • Community colleges are the pathways for millions of Americans to gain valuable education and to access career opportunities leading to family-sustaining wages. Faculty, student services staff, and administrators must share in the responsibility for student success if we are to meet national completion goals and reach even more students.

    During a three year initiative, 15 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges embarked on an ambitious strategy to broaden faculty and staff engagement through the Walmart PRESS (Persistence, Retention, and Student Success) for Completion Grant. This document presents a summary of lessons the colleges learned through the faculty and staff engagement work. 

    Read the full PRESS for Completion publication here.

    Read the companion piece for further study here

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  • Most professionals have plenty of experience learning in classroom settings, through one-on-one instruction, or by accessing reference materials such as books, journals, and online content. Fewer have experience learning in a professional community setting where they are both learner and teacher at different times. Achieving the Dream is committed to the long-term goal of improving sustainable student outcomes through the transfer of effective practices between colleges. This Peer Learning Toolkit provides colleges with the basics on peer learning as well as tools and resources for designing and launching an effective peer learning community.

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  • Community colleges are the pathways for millions of Americans to gain valuable education and to access career opportunities leading to family-sustaining wages. Faculty, student services staff, and administrators must share in the responsibility for student success if we are to meet national completion goals and reach even more students.

    This publication is intended to be used as a tool to help Achieving the Dream colleges understand and implement effective faculty and staff engagement strategies that promote student success. In addition to providing an inside look at the faculty and staff engagement work through the grant program, we synthesize primary lessons learned.

    Because real stories are always helpful for colleges as they plan or refine their own faculty engagement efforts, this publication offers case studies on faculty and staff engagement in action at four of the PRESS for Completion colleges. We hope this guide proves timely and helpful as your college begins its journey to broaden
    and deepen faculty and staff engagement. 

    There is also a companion piece for further reading that includes five additional case studies and a one-page overview of the key lessons learned through the PRESS for Completion initiative.  

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  • This is a companion piece for the Engaging Faculty and Staff in the Student Success Agenda: Case Studies from the Walmart Foundation PRESS for Completion Grant Program publication. 

    Community colleges are the pathways for millions of Americans to gain valuable education and to access career opportunities leading to family-sustaining wages. Faculty, student services staff, and administrators must share in the responsibility for student success if we are to meet national completion goals and reach even more students.

    This publication is intended to be used as a tool to help Achieving the Dream colleges understand and implement effective faculty and staff engagement strategies that promote student success. Because real stories are always helpful for colleges as they plan or refine their own faculty engagement efforts, this publication offers case studies on faculty and staff engagement in action at five of the PRESS for Completion colleges. We hope they prove useful as your college begins its journey to broaden and deepen faculty and staff engagement. 

    Review the one-page overview of lessons learned through the PRESS for Completion initiative.

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  • Achieving the Dream invited proposals for the PRESS for Completion grant program from active Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges. PRESS for Completion grants funded up to 15 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges with awards of $100,000 per institution over a period of just over two years (June 1, 2012- August 31, 2014).

    Leader Colleges that received PRESS for Completion grants implemented broad and substantive faculty and staff engagement strategies to increase the numbers of faculty and staff involved in Achieving the Dream reform efforts at the institution. To bring about broader cultural change, the selected Leader Colleges prepared to become peer coaches to other Achieving the Dream Institutions.

     

     

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  • This publication is a guide that helps colleges design and implement effective faculty engagement strategies on behalf of institutional change for student success. Working within the Achieving the Dream Five-Step Process for Increasing Student Success through Institutional Change, this report attaches a set of core principles for effective adjunct and full-time faculty engagement to each stage in the process. These principles are then considered more closely, and a set of concrete recommendations and practices is offered for implementing each principle.

  • Budget submission for funds devoted to the PRESS Completion effort: for faculty release time, faculty stipends, consultants, office expenses, meeting expenses (including food), local transportation, computer support development, staffing, and travel to project institutes, workshops, and related software and equipment to support professional development activities.  In addition, up to $10,000 of these funds can be used towards the college’s Achieving the Dream participation fees during the two year grant cycle.

     

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  • Walmart PRESS for Completion Grant Program example response to "Evidence of Student Success” section

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  • Leader College webinar with PRESS Grantees on Faculty and Staff Engagement.

     

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