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


  2003 EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARDS                                                             2
  SPECIAL PRESENTATION
  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




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


Background
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 selection
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 services.

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; and

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




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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 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



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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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