Moraine Valley Community College is in the
seventh year of its continuing effort to become a Learning College. Challenged
by Terry O'Banion, keynote speaker at the 1995 college in-service program,
Moraine Valley initiated activities focused on improving the learner-centered
In the last three years, numerous initiatives have been introduced that focus
attention on increasing student success. The Learning Challenge Grant Program
was established by the college in 1996 to support faculty with training and
technical resources to facilitate learner-centered instruction. Approximately 72
courses have been revised to accommodate diverse learning styles.
In 1998, departments revised Vision 2000 goals to develop enhanced
approaches to curriculum delivery. Faculty was encouraged to design learning
experiences unencumbered by the traditional time- and place-bound classroom
The college continued its commitment to expand learning options through its
collegewide technology plan. The plan, completed in 1998, recommended 45
projects with action steps and identified the need for a Center for Teaching,
Learning and Technology. The Center was introduced in 2002, to assist faculty
and Student Development staff in developing innovative approaches to improve
The Student Development staff began the process
of improving services and learning options by developing and implementing
alternative delivery in many of the services currently provided to students.
Enhancements include online advising and implementation of a Web-based new
student orientation program. These delivery methods have been ontroduced
to improve and provide access to consistent, accurate information received by
students, ultimately achieving the goal of enhancing student success.
The college also introduced a student success course COL-101-College:
Changes, Challenges, Choices as a required 1 credit-hour course for all new
full-time students. This course emphasizes the importance of learning and
identifies the skills students need to be successful in college.
Over the past five years, Moraine Valley Community College has taken major steps
on the journey to become a Learning College. Many of these steps are identified
and defined in this Web site. Outstanding
Features provides links to many of our important documents. The Project
Plan identifies specifically what we have accomplished and
our future goals. Advice to Our Colleagues includes
a listing of our successes and challenges.
This project and our Web page is a "work in progress." Our focus has
been on identifying the many things that we have accomplished collegewide to
date. Our focus for the Vanguard project is on enhancing and building upon our
strong foundation as a student-centered college.