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Advocates for College Education Success (ACES): A Program for Reentry Students San Francisco State University Project Description: The intent of this program is to improve the academic performance and retention of formerly incarcerated students enrolled at San Francisco (SF) State, through a series of general education courses designed to improve study habits and critical thinking skills. Stakeholders are: the Associated Students’ Project Rebound, a program founded in 1967 by a late SF State Sociology Professor to help formerly incarcerated individuals gain formal admittance to the University and support them through the transitional reentry and educational process, the City’s District Attorney’s Office, and numerous nonprofits that provide services to formerly incarcerated individuals. This program is housed in the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.  Read more >>

Civic Engagement: A First-Year Experience Course Connecting Quantitative Reasoning for Undeclared Students Emporia State University Project Description: Motivation is an important element in student learning, and this First-Year-Experience (FYE) course centers around civic engagement with an intentional emphasis on math and quantitative reasoning for undeclared students with low ACT math scores. The idea is to cultivate leadership in civic engagement early in the undergraduate experience in campus and community activities and weave math and quantitative reasoning into what we do. For example, students created assessment of the projects. In addition, field trips where real-world applications of math and quantitative reasoning illustrate the efficacy of student learning. Read more >>

Initiatives to Transform the Writing Performance of Undergraduate Students Across the Curriculum University of Central Florida Project Description: This project makes writing a vertical curricular experience through administrative reorganization, hiring of faculty members, class-size reduction, writing center resources, and writing across the curriculum. It includes:hiring or converting (from adjunct or visiting instructor lines) twenty-four permanent instructors and hiring five tenured or tenure-track faculty members over three years;increasing the rigor of the composition curriculum through professional, permanent staffing;lowering composition class sizes, including a three-year pilot program with19 students per class;increasing University Writing Center tutoring and campus support across sites and modes;implementing a writing-across-the-curriculum initiative; and creating the Department of Writing and Rhetoric for oversight, coordination, and assessment functions. Read more >>