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The Title III grant team in collaboration with the Basic Skills Initiative, the Faculty Inquiry Network, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS), Program for College Education (PACE), and student services is striving to emphasize the importance of foundational learning for all BCC’s students. An overarching challenge to effectively preparing students who come to college without the traditional skills to succeed is in providing the support and mentoring that enables them to see connections between disciplines and develop their competencies. The college must meet the needs of the whole student by integrating every aspect of the learning experience, from counseling to instruction to tutoring.
In broadest terms, what The Learning Network intends to achieve is to facilitate BCC’s transformation to a learner-centered institution with a strong culture of assessment and a focus on continuous improvement. Some of the strategies the college will use to accomplish this are:

  • Staff development in the new teaching/learning center to help faculty and staff engage in reflective practice;
  • Support for assessment at the course, program, and college levels to investigate whether students are developing the competencies across the curriculum that will lead to transfer or career;

The proposed activities and strategies are designed to address the institutional problems that present the greatest barriers to success among many BCC  students. They are designed to be a permanent addition to the academic and student support structures of the college. BCC has chosen strategies for implementation that hold the greatest potential to permanently strengthen the institution beyond the five-year grant period.

The Learning Network is funded by a Title III grant from the US Department of Education.
Do you have ideas for projects that might help the college become a true learning college?  Do you know of best practices here or at other institutions that are helpful to students?  Stop by the Title III office (355) or the Teaching Learning Center and let us know.


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