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					                                        Board of Governors
                                  California Community Colleges
                                        January 12-13, 2004

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  Presentation:   Thomas J. Nussbaum, Chancellor
                  California Community Colleges

                  Kate Clark, President
                  Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

                  Larry Toy, Chief Executive Officer and President
                  Foundation for the California Community Colleges


This item announces the recipients of the 2003 Exemplary Program Awards for the Board of
Governors recognition.


The Exemplary Program Awards were established in 1991 by the Board of Governors to
recognize outstanding community college programs. Two California Community College
programs will receive cash awards of $4,000 and four programs will receive honorable mention
plaques. The program is sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

Each college can nominate one program. Local academic senates are encouraged to form selec-
tion committees with representation from student government, staff, administration, and faculty.
Focus should be on programs that respond to the Board of Governors Basic Agenda in the areas
of transfer and general education, economic development, vocational education, and student

A committee that included representatives of the state administrator groups, students, and faculty
evaluated nominees at the state level.
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The awards recognize programs that:

       have a direct and demonstrated effect on students in the area of access, retention,
        completion or transfer;

       can submit data that demonstrate the impact of the program;

       show particular promise for being replicated across the state;

       increase the access, retention, completion, or transfer rates for underrepresented groups;

       offer support for students who are taking degree-applicable credit courses but are
        deficient in basic skills.

Award Winners

Santa Barbara City College -- Gateway to Success Program

The Gateway to Success is a highly collaborative program to improve student success in the large
transfer classes by providing high-quality supplementary instruction to selected students who,
according to early assessment, may be at risk. Because they serve as gateways to fulfilling
degree, certificate and transfer requirements, success in these core courses is critical for students
in achieving their academic goals. The program provides a well-organized structure in which
students interact with tutors who, in consultation with the instructor, provide students with highly
focused supplemental tutoring. One instructor comments, "I am certain there are several students
in each class who have been able to complete the class or have received a passing grade because
of the assistance and guidance they received from the tutors." Program results clearly show that
the success rates of Gateway students have substantially surpassed the average college success
rate in every course every semester.

Santa Ana College -- Center for Teacher Education

The Center for Teacher Education program, initiated in 1999 with support from a Fund for
Student Success grant, centralizes comprehensive student services that provide outreach,
counseling, and academic support to students interested in pursuing a career in public K-12
education. Students have access to a clearinghouse of information and resources as they navigate
the requirements for teacher credentialing in California. Santa Ana College, in responding to the
critical need for qualified teachers in California, has centralized in the Center myriad activities
related to the successful identification, retention, and transfer of teacher education students, such
as engaging faculty across disciplines in teacher education and expanding articulation with
universities. The Center helps students reach their academic potential, transfer to California

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State University, University of California, or an independent university, and become excellent

Honorable Mention

Los Angeles City College -- “Pi Shop"

The primary goals of the “Pi Shop,” a course established in 1998 with the support from a Fund
for Student Success grant, are to increase student enrollment, success rates, and retention in math
courses. Through one-on-one peer tutoring and mentoring geared toward at-risk students
enrolled in mathematics courses, the Pi Shop course provides students with a user-friendly, non-
threatening environment in which they can get help with basic skills, address their math anxiety,
hone their test-taking strategies, and engage in informal counseling and advising for their majors.
Overall, Pi Shop students enjoy a much higher rate of success in their other math courses than do
their non-Pi Shop peers. Participating students in both preparatory and advanced math classes
have a success rate that exceeds that of their non-participating peers by nearly 30 percent. By
offering an open, attractive, learning-centered environment for students of all backgrounds and
skill levels, this program has humanized mathematics instruction and contributed to City
College’s mathematics department being one of those most actively engaged in student learning
on campus.

Los Medanos -- Support Players Offering Resources to Transfer (SPORT)

This program was established to assist student athletes to meet their potential in the classroom as
well as on the sports field and to transfer to the next level of competition and finish their
education at a four-year institution. SPORT coordinates services and programs that address the
individual needs of student athletes across the areas of transfer, general education, developmental
education, and student services. The program packages key resources to encourage greater and
more effective participation. Student athletes are introduced to first semester services such as
assessment, orientation, and educational planning and offered additional services of academic
monitoring and parent orientation. Traditional tutoring services are provided in a collective,
team approach familiar to most team sport athletes. SPORT strives to make student athletes
winners in the classroom as well as on the field of athletic competition.

Reedley College -- Student Athlete Retention Program

The Student Athlete Retention Program (SARP), initiated in 1999, focuses on improving student
retention, persistence and academic success along with increasing graduation and transfer rates to
four-year universities. SARP provides a comprehensive approach to assisting student athletes in
achieving their educational goals through supplemental services such as flexible tutorial hours,
extensive progress monitoring, follow-up, and intensive counseling services. The program's
main goal is to provide student athletes with supportive services to ensure that they comply with

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the academic standards set by the Commission on Athletics and the National Collegiate
Association of Athletics and University Admissions. SARP is designed to promote academic
success and preparation for successful citizenship beyond the athlete experience.

Sierra College -- Sierra College Writing Center

The Sierra College Writing Center, established in 1993, provides the entire college community
with writing resources to supplement instructional work in the classroom. The Center provides
students with a variety of self-paced materials, individual instruction, computers for essay
composition, and a variety of take-away publications, as well as advice on research and Modern
 Language Association citation. The Center serves as many as 190 students per day. However,
despite the numbers, no student has long to wait for assistance because all members of the staff
are dedicated to student service. This program embodies the Sierra College mission “to facilitate
learning, inspire change and build community.”

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