Pierpont Community & Technical College Accepted to Higher Learning Commission's Student Success Academy

Pierpont Community & Technical College Accepted to Higher Learning Commission's Student Success Academy

Pierpont Community & Technical College Accepted to Higher Learning Commission's Student Success Academy
 
Fairmont, WV– Pierpont Community & Technical College was one of only 13 colleges nationwide selected by the Higher Learning Commission to participate in their new Student Success Academy," says Director of Advising and Assessment, Nancy Williams Parks.  
 
"Our application was submitted this summer, and we were recently notified of our acceptance.  Our college's on-going efforts in improving college completion rates definitely factored into our acceptance into the Academy” said Parks.
 
Pierpont has focused on improving student success through several initiatives. The college eliminated its freestanding developmental education courses and embedded such instruction in gateway courses or co-requisites. Students in these revised offerings persist and succeed in the gateway courses in rates comparable to those students who would not have been deemed developmental.  
 
The college researched the number of students who actually completed a federal financial aid application (FAFSA) and discovered that fewer than three-quarters of our students had completed the application in the time frame for them to benefit most from federal and State resources. As a result, more concerted efforts are being made in Financial Aid education. Furthermore, the college is transitioning to a Guided Pathways approach to embed more immediate academic rewards on the traditional Associate degree path.
 
“Pierpont wants to help lead the way in getting more West Virginia adults to college graduation, and we are excited about participating alongside other colleges in this national project.  We have a team of seven who have committed to this three-year project, but everyone in our institution will play a role as we re-examine our policies and procedures and become even more flexible and student-centered" added Parks.
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