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LCC Selected to Participate in National Project to Improve Student Success

October 27, 2016

LANSING, MICH. - Lansing Community College (LCC) is among eight postsecondary institutions in Michigan participating in a three-year project with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to improve student outcomes in high-risk courses.

The Michigan Gateways to Completion Project (Michigan G2C) is designed to help institutions improve teaching, learning and outcomes in courses with historically high rates of failure by creating evidence-based plans.

Failure in high-risk courses is directly tied to lack of degree completion, especially among low-income or first generation students, or those from historically underrepresented groups. Sometimes called "gateway courses," high-risk courses are typically large survey or introductory classes that all students must take for particular majors.

"Despite our genuine commitment to student success, far too many of our most vulnerable students are falling short of their educational goals," says Richard Prystowsky, provost and senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at LCC. "We simply cannot allow that to continue. The Michigan G2C initiative provides the guidance and resources colleges and universities need to retool instructional delivery methods that ensure students succeed in these pivotal courses."

Each institution participating in the initiative will rework at least two gateway courses. At LCC, those courses include Introduction to Computer Programming, Pre-Calculus I, and Introduction to Sociology.

The Michigan G2C project will last through the 2018-19 academic year. In the first year, faculty and staff will gather and analyze data, then create plans to transform classes. Those redesigned courses will be taught and refined during the second and third years of the project.

Lansing Community College underscored its commitment to the Michigan G2C effort by hosting the project launch meeting on Sept. 28, 2016. More than 80 faculty and staff from the eight participating institutions visited campus for the daylong meeting with staff from the John N. Gardner Institute and Kresge Foundation. Other two- and four-year institutions participating in the effort will host future meetings.

The Michigan G2C project is supported through a grant from the Kresge Foundation. Launched in 2013, the project has helped faculty and staff at more than 40 U.S. colleges to make measurable and meaningful changes in the ways they facilitate student learning and success. In addition to LCC, participating institutions joining the project this year are Eastern Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Oakland University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education, and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit, and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

About the John N. Gardner Institute

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education is a national non-profit focused on partnering with higher education institutions, individual educators, and other entities to improve teaching, learning, persistence and completion. The Institute helps higher education and related organizations to individually and/or collectively define or redefine excellence in undergraduate education – especially in the first and second years of college, the transfer experience, and in gateway courses. For more information, visit jngi.org.

About the Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2015, the Board of Trustees approved 371 grants totaling $125.2 million, and nine social investment commitments totaling $20.3 million. For more information, visit kresge.org.

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