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Connect2Complete Program Theory of Change 1/26/12 OMG Center for Collaborative Learning C2C Goal: C2C students will increase academic success and persistence towards credential completion and will be more engaged with their peers, community college, and broader community as a result of peer to peer mentoring and community engagement opportunities. C2C will also work toward embedding community engagement and peer to peer interaction into community college systems as strategies for retention and persistence. Target partners: Connect2Complete will engage community colleges, state affiliates, and Campus Compact to accelerate 4,500 students through developmental education courses, increasing their academic success and persistence towards credential completion. 2 Working Theory of Change: Providing PELL eligible students who place into developmental education with peer advocates and supportive peer cohorts will increase their likelihood of persistence towards credential completion from community college. The relationship between developmental education students and peer advocates will build leadership skills in both groups and increase community engagement on local college campuses. By embedding this work in the mission of the community college and through supports provided by state affiliates and Campus Compact : 1) local campuses will be able to repurpose existing infrastructure and funds and leverage new ones to increase productivity and sustain this program beyond the grant and 2) this model can be scaled nationally. KEY STRATEGIES INTERIM LONG TERM OUTCOMES OUTCOMES Partner with Strong Community Colleges Design and implement pilot programs that marry vision and local Increased context; track program and use data for continual improvement; Institutionalized C2C programs at student completion, repurpose existing public and private funds or secure new ones to community colleges (pilot sites institutionalize programs; commit to ongoing learning community policy and practice participation, best practice dissemination, and work towards a and non-pilot institutions) that changes at C2C collaborative state agenda. are achieving student and system institutions, level outcomes such as increased increased non-pilot Engage State Affiliates for Support, Network student persistence and more campus adoption - Building and Program Expansion coordinated student supports. implementing Manage state learning community; support implementing colleges, program (scaling and including through relevant advocacy support; advise national office; Increased C2C and community institutionalization), prepare for broader implementation by identifying and leveraging college presence within the state and federal funding and communicating to Compact network about C2C; disseminate Compact network and nationally. findings. agenda and emerging Campus Compact seen as expert policy and practice on building community changes in support Develop National Learning Community and Make engagement in college settings, of community the Case for Scale to a Broad Audience peer-to-peer impact models. Serve in an advisory role to state and community college partners; engagement , peer package lessons learned , finance approach and research findings; codify Leveraged funds to support the to peer mentoring, and disseminate model broadly; build political will to influence policy and C2C agenda. and retention on practice changes; secure funding for scale and sustainability. college campuses. 3 Connect2Complete Theory of Change The Context for Campus Compact’s Work Our Assumptions Our Strategies for Change Opportunities “Something different has to be tried The current administration, the funding because what we are doing is not working” Partner with Strong community, and the business community are Assumptions about the student population & program design Community Colleges focusing on college completions as paramount to C2C students need personal guidance and individualized support over Design and implement pilot programs the future of our country and our economy. multiple semesters to meet their educational goals. that marry vision and local context; Since 2008, community college enrollment has Students are the most underutilized community college resource, and there track program and use data for increased 15 percent; there may be urgency and exists an opportunity and need to engage them. continual improvement; repurpose readiness for initiatives to tackle some of the C2C students & peer advocates have the necessary capacities and existing public and private funds or college’s pressing needs. willingness to participate in this program. secure new ones to institutionalize There is currently national attention being paid to The more students are engaged in their college system and in community programs; commit to ongoing developmental education and more knowledge pursuits, the more likely they are to persist. learning community participation, about the challenges related to it; the timing may Peers want to engage with peers. best practice dissemination, define be ripe to pilot an initiative with this target Student voice is essential for student development and C2C success. and work towards a collaborative population. Community engagement opportunities will create a sense of community state agenda. There may be community reinvestment funding among students and increase academic persistence. available for initiatives that can link to twenty first Faculty will be willing, engaged participants in C2C design and century workforce skill development. implementation and are critical factors for its sustainability. Engage State Compact Challenges: Each CC will bring innovation and creativity to the design of their C2C Offices for Support, program, will adapt it differently based on their context (vocational vs. Network Building and Budget cuts at the state and federal levels have transfer focused CC), and will work collaboratively with their state office and led to a constrained resource environment at Program Expansion other C2C CCs toward a shared agenda. many of the country’s community colleges. Manage state learning community; In the face of low resources, community colleges CCs with an existing community engagement infrastructure and mentoring programs will be better suited pilot institutions. support implementing colleges, are dealing with numerous competing demands including through relevant advocacy and there is concern of “being spread too thin.” This is a pilot program, and we are testing C2C models for codification/rapid prototype development with scale as a goal from the start. support; advise national office; At many institutions of higher education including prepare for broader implementation There is a growing need for colleges to improve institutional productivity; community colleges, the systems that impact by identifying and leveraging funding the mobilization of student mentors and advocates may help address this by students are not integrated with one another. and communicating to Compact providing no cost/low cost approaches for student supports at scale on There are federal pending policy changes, network about C2C; disseminate campuses. including within the Corporation for National & findings. Large pockets of existing public dollars can be leveraged and repurposed if Community Service, that may impact the ability of C2C achieves success and is replicable for rapid prototype development. the C2C students and peer advocates to use federal funding and other in-kind supports to Assumptions about network building and program expansion Develop National Learning support their educational trajectory. F.ex. The State affiliates are local experts that can help shape policies related to their federal government has eliminated the provisions Community and Make the community colleges; they are important partners necessary for scale. allowing students additional semesters of Pell Organizing CCs in state clusters will build a stronger state agenda, link CCs to Case for Scale to a Broad grants within the award year that could be used additional resources, and allow for a stronger evaluation as factors external Audience for summer study, impacting the ability of some to the grant will be considered. Serve in an advisory role to state and students to take summer courses. Learning communities will be effective ways to share learning across CCs community college partners; package and increase likelihood of scaling. lessons learned , finance approach State affiliates will need to create the right environment and policy setting and research findings; codify and to adopt this practice more widely. disseminate model broadly; build Linking eligible states to the Gates Foundation’s priority states will provide political will to influence policy and opportunities for potential accelerated adoption of C2C and for future practice changes; secure funding for leveraging of success and resources. scale and sustainability. 4 Connect2Complete Theory of Change Strategy 1. Partner with Strong Community Colleges: Design and implement pilot programs that marry vision and local context; track program and use data for continual improvement; repurpose existing public and private funds or secure new ones to institutionalize programs; commit to ongoing learning community participation, best practice dissemination, define and work towards a collaborative state agenda. Activities Intermediate Outcomes (Years 1-3) Long-term Outcomes (5+ Years) Community colleges design and implement pilot Overall aiming for student persistence, increases Overall aiming for student programs that: in community engagement and leadership, and completion, policy and practice •Include incentivized participation for peer advocates community colleges reinventing the way they changes at C2C institutions, (through work-study funding, course credit, and work with this population. increased non-pilot campuses additional creative means) to engage C2C students both implementing program. C2C students: one-on-one and in cohorts and connect them to existing •Increased persistence (movement out of D.E. courses, Student completion, transfer rates, CC resources passing intro English & math gatekeeper courses) job transition rates •Include community engagement activities for C2C •Re-enrolling in consecutive semesters students and peer advocates •Movement into peer advocate roles Community engagement is •Include leadership development activities for C2C •Increased familiarity with/knowledge about CC system embedded into the mission of the students and peer advocates •Increased confidence in academic abilities and career institution, as evidenced by policies •Include student voice through a strategic feedback aspirations •High self-reports that program is effective and practices that encourage and mechanism support student community •Higher GPAs •Establish selection criteria for faculty, administrators, •Increased knowledge and positive attitude re: peer engagement throughout campus and other essential partners that includes expected level group, CC, and broader community and with the broader community, of commitment, ability to dedicate time, and being •Increased commitment to personal and/or professional f.ex. Reconfigured Work Study vested in CC involvement in improving her/his community programs to support student •Garner commitment from CC leadership to make the Peer advocates: leadership development/community pilot a priority for their campus’ completion agenda •Increased career aspirations engagement and persistence •Incorporates key players across CC departments •Increased engagement in peer group, CC, and broader •Promotes vision of “one college and one community” community, as evidenced by take up of peer advocate Peer-to-peer mentoring and role in C2C community engagement are •Increased commitment to personal and/or professional Community Colleges track pilot program outcomes and common and core practices toward involvement in improving her/his community. commit to using data to drive continual program Community colleges: retention that are institutionalized at improvement and build the case for replication and •Program well known throughout CC & linked to core the pilot CCs scale-up mission of institution, established and common definition of “success” for C2C and students Increased # of CC implementing this •Additional funding secured and/or repurposed to model (beyond pilots and Compact Leverage existing revenue streams or secure new ones institutionalize program f.ex. Work Study funds network) to sustain program •Better alignment of support services •Faculty and cross-departmental staff have a greater Participate in technical assistance and support grasp of developmental learning and contextual opportunities, contribute to state and national challenges students face, increased institutional capacity dissemination efforts, and collaborate with other local to identify students who are at risk C2C CCs on state agenda •Build additional/strengthen existing community partnerships 5 Connect2Complete Theory of Change Strategy 2. Engage State Affiliates for Support, Network Building and Program Expansion: Manage state learning community; support implementing colleges, including through relevant advocacy support; advise national office; prepare for broader implementation by identifying and leveraging funding and communicating to Compact network about C2C; disseminate findings. Activities Design and manage a state-based learning Intermediate Outcomes (Years 1-3) Long-term Outcomes (5+ Years) community agenda that supports national C2C Overall aiming for funds to sustain existing Overall aiming for diversified agenda and links state community colleges C2C programs, scaling implementation to funding streams at state level to other institutions across the state, high support C2C and similar programs, Coordinate learning and sharing opportunities for visibility of C2C program and outcomes, state level policy change, and C2C community colleges that support support from broad cast of stakeholders, and Compact seen as expert in field. implementation and statewide C2C agenda; use increased Compact presence across state. knowledge gained through these opportunities to State wide organizations and advocate for additional stakeholder and state Increased C2C and community college institutions are committing resources support and to integrate C2C into Compact’s presence within the Compact network to C2C as well as other strategies that broader state agenda impact community engagement and High state visibility of C2C program and by peer-to-peer mentoring to increase Advise national Compact regarding design, training, extension Compact’s vision, work, and network retention on college campuses troubleshooting for C2C expansion to other states Increased state affiliates adopting (key State affiliate offices seen as local Advocate for value added of C2C to state network to elements of) these models and national experts on using prepare for implementation at other CCs community engagement and peer-to- Increased engagement, knowledge, and peer models for student retention Disseminate best practices and outcomes to financial contributions from business relevant state stakeholders community and other public and private Data and outcomes from C2C used to philanthropic partners impact state level policy setting, Identify and leverage funding for broader education policy setting, college implementation to new campuses Strengthened network around college completion grants (f.ex. states completion, with more leaders engaged in incorporate C2C into their higher these conversations, sharing at conferences, education plans, work study and authorship on thought leader pieces resources are reallocated to C2C kinds of approaches) State-focused plan for replication, adoption and scale of successful C2C model has been developed in partnership with pilot institutions 6 Connect2Complete Theory of Change Strategy 3. Develop National Learning Community and Make the Case for Scale to a Broad Audience: Serve in an advisory role to state and community college partners; package lessons learned , finance approach and research findings; codify and disseminate model broadly; build political will to influence policy and practice changes; secure funding for scale and sustainability. Activities Intermediate Outcomes (Years 1-3) Long-term Outcomes (5+ Years) Develop vision, common goals and non-negotiable Overall aiming for increased national Overall aiming for implementation elements including management of grant visibility of Campus Compact, awareness institutionalization of C2C core process, data collection capacity/requirements, and all about C2C impact, strengthened college elements in community college partners (Brandeis, CCNCCE, leadership team) completion network, and secured systems, Compact seen as national Coordinate training, technical assistance, and support to financing. expert, federal policy and practice state offices and campuses for implementation changes. High national visibility of C2C program and Implement national learning community that produces and by extension Compact’s vision, work, and Across the compact network, the shares best practices across pilot CCs network value and power of peer to peer connections and community Capture and package promising practices, tools, and Increased awareness on the part of key engagement become standard evaluation results, including: partners including national community operations at community colleges •Codification of effective program elements for replication/ college networks, philanthropy, for the purpose of improved transferability to other community college campuses practitioners, and policy makers about the productivity and retention. •How use of technology and social media can increase impact of this program on C2C students, productivity, reach more students, and reduce costs peer advocates, and community college Campus Compact is seen as a •“Student voice” in program design and implementation system national lead organization looking •Develop & maintain database for tracking data across CCs at community engagement to Distribute lessons learned and codified program model Strengthened network around college increase college persistence and broadly through conferences, online publications, video, and completion, with more leaders engaged in success the syllabi project to key players, including Compact’s member these conversations, sharing at institutions, Gates Foundation funded CCs, and other CC conferences, and authorship on thought Policymakers and practitioners networks and organizations leader pieces adopt and implement policy changes, based on lessons learned Build political will to begin shifting attitudes and influencing Secured public and private funding toward through C2C, aimed at increasing policy and practice with regard to target group, community expanding C2C persistence of target population engagement, and peer-to-peer programs at different levels and increasing community (federal and state policy, higher ed institutions, etc.) Three year student outcome metric goals as engagement opportunities on proposed to the Gates Foundation are met campus Develop an plan for/pathway to scale - seek resources to across the three state project. sustain and scale C2C. 7
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