Report of Accomplishments
Highlights of 2011–2012
From the Student Development Leadership Team
It is our pleasure to share the 2011-2012 MVCC Student Development Report of Accomplishments with you. This annual report provides evidence of the important work that has occurred across our Student Development departments on behalf of our students and community.
Our Student Development colleagues can take pride in what they have accomplished based on this report. We will continue our commitment to student success, promoting student learning, and student development, and we look forward to implementing new initiatives next year. We want to thank everyone throughout the college who assisted with the outstanding achievements over the past year.
Student Development Mission Statement
The Student Development Division supports Moraine Valley Community College’s mission by facilitating the education, growth and development of the whole person in a student-centered, learning-focused and multicultural community. The Student Development staff members are dedicated to working collaboratively to provide innovative, relevant, high quality programs and services that meet the needs of its diverse students and the community, and that exemplify our core values of integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility and diversity. We are committed to student learning, student development and student success.
To this end, we will:
- Promote a dynamic, caring, challenging and safe environment.
- Offer high quality services, which are accessible, accurate, clear and timely, to our students and prospective students.
- Foster self-discovery and personal growth leading to meaningful goals and values for life-long learning.
- Maximize students’ potential by inspiring, motivating and engaging students through purposeful, stimulating and enriching programs and services.
- Teach students to become partners in the learning process and to make connections with appropriate faculty, staff and resources to fulfill their goals and expand their opportunities.
- Embrace and integrate diversity through a community of respect that affirms the value of each individual.
- Teach life skills that enhance self-reflection, self-direction and self-sufficiency.
Student Development: promoting student learning and student success
EMPHASIZE AND PROMOTE STUDENT SUCCESS
The Admissions Office coordinated the student ambassador organization in the 2011-2012 school year. The student ambassadors are chosen for their academic standing and willingness to share their experiences at Moraine Valley with prospective and current students. Student ambassadors provide campus tours twice monthly for community members and participate in group tours for high school and middle school groups.
The Admissions Office continues to be a leader in facilitating the transition of current and prospective students throughout the enrollment process. Our location and cross-trained staff are equipped to assist students and community members in all areas. Thousands of students are served in our office on an annual basis.
The Academic Advising Center provides direct services that support students’ academic achievement and success. Academic advisors provide information regarding requirements for all Moraine Valley degrees and certificates. In addition, academic advisors support students in their exploration and decision making about transfer schools and choosing appropriate transferable courses to meet required study for specific majors.
- Academic advisors facilitate COL-101’s (College: Changes, Challenges, Choices) mandatory Educational Planning Session content for first-time, full-time freshmen. During these sessions, advisors explain resources and assist freshmen with completing their Educational Planning Guide. Academic advisors facilitated 154 sections (serving approximately 3,200 students) of COL-101 mandatory course content of educational planning in the fall semester. During the spring semester, the advisors led another 57 course sections, which reached an additional 1,146 students. This learning experience helps students in organizing and developing an educational plan and in meeting the course requirement and learning outcomes for success.
- In support of the admission requirement for the nursing program, academic advisors along with nursing faculty, conducted mandatory information sessions for prospective nursing students each month. 507 prospective nursing students attended the eight sessions from July 2011 through March 2012.
- Academic advisors supported HDV-100 (Human Potentials) classes for students who are veterans and adult learners by hosting a cohort-specific educational planning workshop for approximately 20 students.
- The Mandatory Veterans Orientation and advising program continued this year. Through this program, the team is able to lessen existing barriers, including access, financial means and preparedness, an important objective of embracing diversity. There were 143 veterans who attended the 13 mandatory orientations offered from July 2011 through March 2012. There are 474 veterans who have attended the mandatory advising sessions and attended classes at Moraine Valley since fall 2010. The orientation covered the following services:
- In the fall and spring, during the first week of school, academic advisors held 11 orientations for 142 full-time students who decided to attend Moraine Valley. These mini orientations provided students with college procedures, policies, academic information, assistance, and registration.
ARTICULATION AND TRANSFER INFORMATION
The “R U Ready to Graduate/Transfer Event” held Jan. 31, 2012, was on the day before graduation petitions were due in order to remind students of the deadlines. Six academic advisors met individually with students to conduct degree audits and hand out graduation petitions to eligible students. In addition, 14 universities attended to conduct on-the-spot admissions decisions with no application charge. 53 students applied and 45 were immediately admitted, nearly an 85 percent acceptance rate. The event was located on the Student Street and in the Student Union so students could easily access the Cashier’s Office for immediate transcript requests and graduation petitions. A celebratory/completion theme was emphasized and the 16 participating graduation petitioners were entered into a drawing for free dinner for four at local restaurants, to be awarded upon graduation.
- College visits
- Fall 2011
- Spring 2012
- Annual Transfer Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2011
- 58 colleges and universities represented
- Approximately 850 students attended
- Adult Transfer Night, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2011
- 9 colleges and universities represented
- Approximately 35 students attended
- Adult Transfer Night, April, 10, 2012
- 8 colleges and universities represented
- Approximately 30 students attended
- R U Ready to Graduate/Transfer Event (new), Jan. 31, 2012
- 14 colleges and universities represented
- Approximately 100 students attended
- 53 students applied for university admission, 45 were accepted at the event.
- 6 academic advisors met with 28 students
- 24 students were eligible for graduation, 16 graduation petitions were given and turned in to the Cashier’s Office.
- Annual PICU (Private Illinois Colleges and Universities) Fair Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
- 30 colleges and universities represented
- Approximately 225 students attended
In the fall, 151 athletes completed 1,826 credits with a GPA of 2.73 or above. In spring, the department received 82 percent positive reports for 167 athletes. Athletes received personalized advising support throughout the year and the advisor continuously checks on each athlete’s schedules. 44 of our 65 second-year athletes petitioned for spring/summer 2012 graduation.
Fourteen second-year student-athletes were nominated for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All American awards, including two Pinnacle Award nominees for academic excellence at 4.0 GPA, and the Cyclones once again led the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference in academic achievement with 32 student-athletes named to the All-Academic team.
Two men’s cross country runners earned 2011 Academic All NJCAA honors from the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association.
Two women’s cross country runners were named to the First Team All-Region and All Conference and represented the college at the national tournament. Another was named an Academic All American.
The 2011-12 men’s basketball team won the championship of the Region IV tournament, qualifying them for competition in the national tournament where they finished in the top 16 in the country in Division II basketball. A member of the team was named to the 1st team All American, 1st team All Region, 1st team All-Conference, plus received the Skyway Conference Player of the Year award. The head coach was selected as the Skyway Conference Coach of the Year as well and received the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Co-Coach of the Year award.
A former member of men’s basketball recently signed a contract to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Women’s basketball continued a streak of 20-plus-wins seasons, finishing 24-9 after the Region IV championship game. Six players received All Region and All Conference awards.
Women’s soccer finished one of the best seasons on record in the Region IV Semi Finals. Seven players were named to the All Region and All Conference teams.
One member of our golf team was named All Region Player of the Year having medaled five times this past fall season. The entire men’s golf team made its second consecutive appearance at the national tournament.
Men’s tennis finished the season in strong fashion representing the college at the NJCAA Nationals in Texas with baseball and softball both competing down to the wire at the Region IV tournament.
A member of the women’s tennis team received the prestigious Novo Nordisk Donnelly award, established by tennis legend Billie Jean King, as part of a scholarship program with World Team Tennis Charities to give youth players with diabetes the opportunity to continue to compete in tennis. The first singles champion in the region, she also was named the Skyway Conference MVP and Region IV Player of the Year, and led her team in qualifying for the national tournament in May.
Women’s volleyball ended the season one win shy of returning to the national tournament by losing in the Region IV championships. Several players were named to the All Region and All Conference teams.
EDUCATION CENTER AT BLUE ISLAND
The Student Service Office at the Education Center at Blue Island provides admissions, financial aid, class scheduling and advising services to potential, current and new students. During this academic year, we offered One-Stop Enrollment/Financial Aid/Advising workshops to assist students with their academic needs in one streamlined process, and assisted students with COMPASS placement testing. This year we had 232 placement tests completed. In total, the student service office had 602 in-person contacts with students.
Another function of this office is to develop programming for current students. This year programming included a health advising workshop offered in collaboration with the Academic Advising Office in which nine students attended. In addition, a stress relief and career counseling workshop offered in collaboration with the Counseling Office in which 11 students attended. A 2012-2013 Financial Aid workshop for English- and Spanish-speaking current and potential students was offered in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office. Eighteen students were assisted through the financial aid workshop. Programming also included visits by transfer institutions' representatives from Governors State University, Saint Xavier University and DePaul University. Twenty four students met with transfer admissions representatives.
CENTER FOR DISABILITY SERVICES
The Center for Disability Services (CDS) in collaboration with 10 in-district high school counselors coordinated the annual transition visits for juniors and seniors. Visits include an informative PowerPoint presentation about the transition from high school to college, the admission process, differences between certificate and career programs, student responsibility, tuition, financial aid, and more.
Eligible high school seniors attended a workshop at Moraine Valley and received academic support services and accommodations from CDS staff to support completion of the intake process and COMPASS exam, attended an orientation, and are proactive in gaining needed accommodations to college success.
Students who plan to return to college and do not have current documentation can register for diagnostic testing. The diagnostician administers the Woodcock Johnson III for $100 to 20 Moraine Valley students and for $200 to 49 community members.
CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER
The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) implemented a monitoring system for students receiving child care subsidy payments. The system allows CLC to prepare a report for these students, which indicates the exact out-of-pocket money they will be expected to pay for child care after subsidy amounts have been applied. The goal of the system is to assist students in making class and child care schedules and take the necessary measures to pay for child care, therefore, avoiding outstanding balances at the semester end that will prevent them for enrolling for the next semesters.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND STUDENT LIFE
Approximately 8,500 students participated in more than 150 Student Life events throughout the year. Code of Conduct and Student Life sponsored seven leadership workshops on professionalism, team building, democracy commitment, a leadership retreat, communication, club essentials, and the Student Leadership Challenge. To build community awareness, Student Life facilitated fireside chats to discuss topics such as drugs/alcohol, black history, self-image, haters, interracial dating, and sacrifice. Approximately 300 students signed the Agree to Degree pledge as part of the campaign initiated by Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s national honor society. Phi Theta Kappa also:
- Received 5-star status from national headquarters – the highest level to be attained
- Nominated Dr. Vernon O. Crawley, college president, for the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award
- Received two Illinois Regional Awards for Service Hallmark and College Project
- Nominated two students for the All Illinois Academic Team for Community Colleges
Forty-one clubs were active throughout the year. More than 15 campuswide events were implemented by Student Life to foster a sense of belonging for all Moraine Valley Community College students.
The Code of Conduct offices offered presentations to faculty and staff to assist them in working with our students, such as how to handle disruptive students, Title IX, an overview of Code of Conduct, and an overview of Student Life.
- The Criminal Justice Club invited Jeremy Hirst, a former Army Ranger, to speak about leadership and ways to manage emergency situations
- In response to Title IX issues, Women Empowered and K-Fu Clubs hosted a self-defense workshop open to students, staff and community members.
- Women Empowered hosted free resources, including planning, abstinence, testing, workshops and free supplies to new parents
- Moraine Valley’s Speech Team brought home many awards from the National Convention
- The Glacier had another fulfilling year:
- Earned a Pacemaker award for the online edition at the Orlando ACP/CMA National College Newspaper Conference
- Placed fifth in the Best of Show in the two-year newspaper category.
- Online edition earned eighth place in the Best of Show.
- Online Glacier placed first for Web page design for the third year in a row.
- Awarded third place for layout.
The Glacier hosted the ICCJA sectionals where the top three students from each of the 16 categories advanced to the state finals.
COUNSELING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Served 3,847 students through personal, career and educational counseling services. From the total number of students served, 523 required assistance from counselors in overcoming personal roadblocks that interfered with their academic success. 1,212 students learned more about themselves through career counseling, which helped in their choice of a suitable major or career path. More than 1,064 students worked with a counselor in the development of strategies for improving their academic performance and in achieving their academic goals. Counselors also provided student identified with academic integrity sanctions based on filed reports of cheating and plagiarism. In addition, counselors worked in collaboration with academic advisors, and the New Student Retention office served more 3,400 students who participated in the Student Orientation and Registration program.
The CCDC offered 28 workshops on topics ranging from time management to obtaining a healthy body image. These workshops helped students learn how to manage personal, educational and even career planning concerns. In addition, counselors offered five workshops through the Center for Teaching and Learning for faculty and staff. Some of the topics included Students Experiencing Difficulties: A Guide for Faculty and Staff; Communication Challenges When Working with Difficult People; Active Listening; and The Power of Change and Facilitating Change … Our Students. These workshops benefited faculty and staff by helping them learn how to refer students to the Counseling Center and how to help students achieve their academic goals.
The Counseling Center played a major role in Staff Development Day, which was themed “Student Engagement, Student Retention, Student Completion.” Counselors presented 10 workshops for faculty and staff to give them a better understanding of how partnering to support student success ensures meeting the college mission. Other workshops focused on our functions and roles in promoting student engagement, student retention and student degree completion.
Counselors participated as contributors and members on a number of collegewide committees, including AQIP, Celebrating Diversity, Faculty Development, Pathways to Results, Threat Assessment Team, SOAR Committee, and the College 101 Task Group. Participation in the various committees offered the college the unique perspective of a group of faculty who serve students as both instructors and as Student Development professionals.
Counselors finalized procedures for the Academic Integrity Multiple Violator intervention process. The office now has in place a procedure for offering education and support to students who have violated the college’s cheating and plagiarism policy at least twice. This will help students learn how to overcome obstacles such as time management and procrastination that may have led to cheating and plagiarizing. It also helps students understand the importance of espousing the value of doing their own work.
In conjunction with faculty from the Academic Advising Center, counselors created and implemented an interdepartmental student referral form, which enables faculty and staff members to refer students for services in any department. This will facilitate students receiving the support that they need from Counseling, Advising, the Academic Skills Center, and other offices on campus.
Counselors visited the department meetings of eight academic departments to help instructional faculty understand our functions and the services we offer students and faculty. This helped educate instructional faculty on how and when to refer students to the Counseling Center so that students could receive the help they need. It also enabled instructors to focus on their role as counselors helping their students work through personal issues that impacted classroom performance.
Counselors participated in the Student Life Leadership Series by offering student leaders a workshop on career planning. The workshop helped students learn more about themselves and their strengths as leaders. It also helped them discover than a suitable major or career path.
Special programming was offered to students, faculty and staff during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This programming raised awareness and helped students and survivors learn how to access support and more information.
Counselors participated in training in Charlotte, N.C., for the Next Generation Learning Challenge grant. The training helped counselors learn better ways of serving students targeted by the grant. Counselors received more than 300 requests for student interventions in fall 2011 and approximately 150 requests in the spring. A checklist was developed to guide counselors in conducting interventions with this student population. During the past school year, approximately 100 students responded to counselors’ offers for help in improving their academic performance in developmental education classes.
The Counseling Center enhanced its website and is now publicizing events on Twitter and Facebook to help students find out about our events and workshops more easily so that they can receive the help they need.
Over the last five years, Moraine Valley has had a 185 percent increase in federal aid. In addition, application volume continued to increase by 52 percent. Federal financial aid awards have gone from $7.9 million to $22.5 million. To emphasize and promote student success, the office has:
- revised its process to expedite verifying files
- hired an additional full-time expeditor
- provided more overtime hours for permanent staff in order to complete verification as quickly as possible
- increased the use of electronic media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, monitors, emails, portal, college website) to communicate financial aid information to students
- emailed students and called them personally when their file was incomplete
- researched the use of document imaging
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
The Office of International Student Affairs (ISA) continues to bring a diverse population of international students to our campus, with 270 students from 52 different countries enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College in spring 2012 semester. International students contribute to the campus financially, intellectually, and culturally, as these diverse students participate in the classroom and are active in student life, providing outstanding opportunities for local students to increase their global awareness.
ISA continues to provide a model program of student support services, including pre-arrival and visa support, airport arrival, housing placement, host homes, and a weeklong international student Orientation Program. New efforts to advise and integrate students resulted in a growing number of international students participating in Moraine Valley’s Student Life, Student Government, Interclub Council, and the Honors Program, which helped several of Moraine Valley’s international students transfer to prestigious institutions such as University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and other top schools.
Additional highlights included successful implementation of the International/ U.S. Conversation Partners Program to increase friendship and interaction between local resident students and the international population. With 78 fall partners and 105 spring partners participating, local and international students attended events and shared their experiences, enabling all students to gain cross-cultural knowledge and awareness during communication sessions. International student ambassadors also contributed to campus life, assisting in the multicultural fashion show, various festivals, and the international student panel discussion. Students took questions from various classes, and they shared the benefits and challenges of being study abroad students at Moraine Valley. In addition, the ambassadors raised almost $2,000 for Japan earthquake relief and the International Red Cross organization. These students conducted events to share their culture, including teaching their native languages, international music, and their own culture. Other ISA ambassadors and students contributed their talents as Interclub Council members, Glacier newspaper writers, and faculty scholarship winners. An international student was named winner of Moraine Valley Community College and Illinois Student Employee of the Year awards.
To continue this important program into the future, International Student Affairs effectively performed all required reporting and policy requirements mandated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Department of State and Department of Homeland Security to ensure that Moraine Valley Community College’s international students maintain their legal status in the U.S. This year, our Recertification Petition Package was submitted by ISA’s Designated School Officials to the government agency SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program), which regulates international students in the U.S. as required by federal law. ISA continued its efforts to recruit students through a comprehensive annual plan of activities in cooperation with the USA Community College Consortium, Study Illinois and other organizations. Students from Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and China are target markets for this group, but Moraine Valley Community College continues to attract students from all over the globe. In 2011, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, Benin, Sweden, Yemen, Poland, and the Philippines were the top-sending countries to Moraine Valley.
JOB RESOURCE CENTER
The Job Resource Center (JRC) hosted two Job and Internship Fairs with 110 employers and 902 job seekers attending. JRC met with 809 students and alumni for individual appointments which included internship appointments and orientations from April 2011 through March 2012. Resume and cover letter critique, job search and interviewing strategies are some activities covered by JRC. Individualized, customized assistance promote student success in areas of attaining employment and internships so that students can remain in school and graduate with a focused career plan. This impacts retention and completion.
The Job Resource Center assisted 332 student employees in obtaining student employment positions at the college.
JRC hosted the second annual Student Employment Recognition Luncheon during National Student Employment Week. There were 42 people in attendance; 28 student employees and 14 supervisors. For the first time, JRC added the Student Employee Supervisor of the Year Award. We had six supervisor nominees. Mary Nagel, from the Athletics Department, won the Student Employee Supervisor of the Year Award. In addition, JRC had seven nominees for student employees. Both awards were announced at the recognition luncheon.
- Between April 2011 and December 2011, there were 259 student employees. Out of those students, 65 received a degree or certificate (approximately 25 percent).
JRC’s staff had contact with 47,678 students and alumni via phone, email or at the front desk. JRC’s front desk had 130 contacts with faculty and 2,791 community members (via phone and in person).
JRC established 10,795 connections with employers via phone, email, or in person regarding employment and internship opportunities for students, alumni and community members.
In an effort to promote professional dress and advertising of the job fair, JRC conducted a Professional Week with mannequin displays across campus and a Dress for Success Showcase event, which also resulted an increase in social media followers and student participation at the Job and Internship Fair by 10.4 percent. There were 82 participants at the JRC Dress for Success Showcase.
JRC hosted two Mock Interview Days with 27 employers and 133 participants.
JRC provided career-related workshops to 431 students to assist them in gaining a competitive edge in the market place.
JRC continues to actively engage our students through “high-touch” services and unique events to increase student retention and completion. In January of 2012, JRC held a social media campaign to enhance this outreach and engagement efforts. In two weeks, JRC exceeded the goal of 300 Facebook “likes.” Conversation and sharing of JRC status updates increased.
JRC international student employees actively assisted in JRC’s social media campaign. Through the student’s peer-to-peer marketing, international student employment hires increased by 43 percent in four months.
JRC developed videos about our services geared to target both students and alumni. In addition, we enhanced the YouTube Channel to include these videos as well as a local cable show (Meet with Moraine) that is co-hosted monthly by JRC staff to increase recruitment, retention and completion at Moraine Valley. Producing online learning material has enhanced service delivery, increased community awareness, and fostered programs that are inclusive for individuals of diverse backgrounds.
JRC updated the job posting technology with an online job search tool, College Central Network (CCN), an Internet-based job listing service powered by 12 local community colleges. 2011-2012 Data: job postings 1,381; employers registered 599; job seekers 2,535 (Moraine Valley Community College students 1,873, alumni and community members 662)
- JRC placed 95 students in internships. Currently, there are 143 in the Internship Program.
- The Internship Employer Panel provided 31 students the opportunity to learn about industry expertise from four employers.
- The Intern and Employer Meeting and Awards ceremony is the Internship Program's annual event where an intern and employer of the year are selected. There were 45 attendees.
- Retention: between spring 2011 and spring 2012
- Spring 2011-fall 2011: 112 students were retained out of 155 students (72 percent).
- Fall 2011-spring 2012: 83 students were retained out of 132 students total enrolled in program (62.8 percent).
- Between April 2011 and December 2011, there were 74 students who started with the Internship Program, and 14 of these students were awarded a degree or certificate.
MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
The Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and English Language Learner (ELL) Center is responsible for the recruitment, retention and support services to students of color and limited- English-speaking students. The staff served more than 7,000 students.
During the academic year, the MSA/ELL Center offered a variety of educational and cultural support services to students, including academic advising, presentations to our community high schools for recruitment, ELL orientation and registration for Intensive English Language Program, conversation practice workshops for ELL students, DREAM mentoring workshops, cultural workshops, professional development workshops, math workshops, transfer workshops, high school recruitment bridge program, MSA graduate recognition banquet, and visits to four-year colleges and universities. In addition, MSA co-hosted the National Hispanic College Fair with the Admissions Office with more than 1,000 high school students attending, served as advisors to three ethnic student clubs, held MSA open houses, coordinated ethnic and cultural awareness celebrations, accompanied students to United States Hispanic Leadership Institute conference, and organized community service Dream Come True project for area high school seniors.
A result of the ELL orientation and registration for Intensive English Language (IEL) Program is that students are enrolled in the appropriate course level to assist them in being successful in their educational transition from the IEL Program to general education level courses. During the orientation sessions, students are provided with information about the support services available to them in the center to help students be successful. The academic advising sessions provide a more intrusive personalized session with students to help increase retention with students of color. The office observed positive results from the DREAM mentoring program, study tribe and workshops, and found that our students feel a connection to the center as well as to the school. They feel they have a voice and that there is an advocate for them at Moraine Valley. The MSA bridge program recruited 25 out of 45 high school seniors who have enrolled at Moraine Valley for the fall semester.
NEW STUDENT RETENTION
The office of New Student Retention’s (NSR) mission focuses on enhancing and fostering student success. Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) and our College-101 course are essential components of that mission. Through programs and services provided by NSR, the students are equipped for their college journey to make the most of their future opportunities.
- In the 2011-2012 school year, the office of NSR held 86 orientation sessions serving 3,477 students. The 3 ½ hour orientation program provided students with college procedures, policies, academic information, assistance and registration.
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- The office of NSR provided 211 sections of the College-101 course for 4,358 students. This freshman first-year seminar course is designed to assist future learners make a successful transition to the college environment.
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- Through the Mandatory Veteran Advising Session and Veteran Orientation programs, an additional 327 students were served for fall 2011 and 352 for spring 2012. These programs are provided to ensure that our student veterans and military family members are in the correct programs and courses to receive their military benefits.
- To better serve the needs of our developmental reading and part-time students, New Student Orientation Sessions and Information Sessions have been implemented to assist students with identifying appropriate college resources and course selection. This is a collaboration between New Student Retention, and Academic Advising and Counseling.
- In April 2012, the college received The Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant (NGLC), a collaborative project with six other community colleges and funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the League for Innovation in the Community College. The focus of this truly collaborative initiative is to improve course completion and persistence rates of students enrolled in two or more Developmental Education courses. This effort is led by the assistant dean of New Student Retention, in collaboration with Developmental Education, counseling and advising faculty members.
- The assistant dean and student success coordinator attended several workshops and seminars in the 2011-2012 school terms to enhance knowledge and gain additional perspectives regarding first-year-experience and retention programming. The workshops and conferences included the Pearson Student Success National Forum in addition to several conferences and webinars that focused on the concerns of our growing student veteran population.
REGISTRATION AND RECORDS
The ability for students to manage the details of their academic progress has been enhanced with Colleague, allowing for online, in-person and on-the-phone transactions. Along with the members of the Student Development Division and other collegewide volunteers, the registration staff continues to guide students through MVConnect, familiarizing them with registering, printing schedules, processing adds and drops, viewing grades, and results of placement tests, transferring credit, and checking their personal profile for accurate program and contact information. Not all students have achieved the level of comfort or expertise necessary to navigate the online system, so we continue to process transactions in person and on the phone.
The Registration Office is working with the college to put more control in the hands of the student, and assist and support their academic success. During peak registration, we provided more overtime for full-time staff in order to serve the students who chose to come or call the office for registration or schedule changes for credit and noncredit courses. The registration staff continues to provide immediate processing of transcript requests during business hours.
Project facilitators in the Records Office remain committed to streamlining efficient and effective processes for transcript evaluation for incoming Moraine Valley students, auditing files for graduation, and ranking Allied Health applicants for admission into those selective programs.
SOUTHWEST EDUCATION CENTER
The Southwest Education Center provides student development services in course planning and registration, financial aid, and admissions. Admissions events held during the 2011-2012 school year included an open house for prospective students and community members, reaching out to businesses and community organizations, hosting career paths and coffee presentations for adults, developing relationships with local non-profit organizations, participating in high school career fairs, and presenting to high school seniors. Student retention and completion efforts were held in the form of transfer school visits, activities at the beginning and end of the semester, a center blood drive, financial aid workshops, scheduling and registration workshops, and a club and resource fair. The DREAM mentoring program was successfully implemented in collaboration with the Multicultural Student Affairs office for the first time at the Southwest Center. Mentors and mentees engage in meaningful discussion and activities that encourage and support student retention and success. Contributing to student involvement and retention efforts, campus sustainability day, and earth week events were coordinated to actively engage students in sustainability concepts and the green learning features of the center. More than 1,000 students attended events or utilized student development services. Assessment on services was conducted during the fall in the form of a student focus group. Results from those focus group sessions were incorporated into planning for the following semester. The number of students attending courses at the Southwest Education Center continues to increase with the addition of more general education and career course offerings.
STUDENT SUCCESS INTERVENTIONS
During the 2012 year, the Student Success Interventions (SSI) team, which is the activity project for the Title III grant, entitled Strengthening Student Success: Intervention Strategies to Increase At-Risk Student Success, continued to focus on projects to strengthen the Moraine Valley Community College’s infrastructure (e.g., systems, processes) with the goal of enhancing retention and success of at-risk students defined as adult students, online students, developmental education students, and part-time students. The Title III grant is categorized into four tiers: Tier 1-Assessment Intervention Strategies, Tier 2-Improved Early Warning Support and Standards of Academic Progress Strategies, Tier 3-Intrusive Counseling/Advising Strategies, and Tier 4-Developmental Education Success Strategies. In addition, the Student Success Interventions team continued its collaboration efforts to establish the Datatel Colleague Retention Alert with the goal of serving as a centralized and integrated tracking system to support these intervention strategies.
The College Student Inventory survey by Noel-Levitz was purchased and administered to students completing placement tests from July 1, 2011, to Jan. 27, 2012. The tool identifies academic readiness, dropout proneness, predicted academic difficulty, educational stress, and receptivity to institutional help such as academic assistant, career and personal counseling, and/or social enrichment. During the two administrations, the first prior to fall 2011 and the second prior to spring 2012, students completed 1,993 surveys. Counselors began offering results feedback to students in fall 2011 through spring 2012, providing students guidance and resources to help strengthen academic skills.
Based on input from the Title III Steering Team and key faculty members, the Title III team extended the Tier 1–Assessment Intervention Strategies to include post-testing, or licensure exams, for adult and part-time students completing allied health career training. The pilot focused on helping students prepare for computerized allied health licensure and certification exams. All software was purchased and used in fall 2011 and spring 2012. By April 2012, 67 students in the Health Information Technology, Respiratory, Phlebotomy, and Medical Assistant programs logged 1,697.5 hours using the software in preparation for licensure exams. Final data on program completion and licensure passage rates will be collected at the end of the spring 2012 semester.
The SSI staff, specifically the student tracking specialist, has become involved with the establishment of Datatel’s Colleague Retention Alert. The tracking specialist assisted with the development of the enhanced Early Warning Support System (EWSS) to track retention rates of students identified by faculty through the Early Warning System.
Finally, Moraine Valley partnered with Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Next Generation Learning Challenge grant project. The partnership allowed Moraine Valley to address specific Title III project initiatives by adopting CPCC’s Online Student Profile Learning System (OSPLS), a learning analytical solution with a proven track record of improving the academic success of adult learners enrolled in developmental education courses. The SSI staff has assisted with the data collection and analysis of retention and course completion rates of students who are part of this project.
The Testing Services Department administered and proctored more than 50,000 tests and exams to Moraine Valley students and community members, which shows our commitment to student success, enhancing community awareness and developing new partnerships.
TRIO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
The TRiO Student Support Services program is in its 11th year of operation, serving first-generation, low-income and disabled students. The program is designed to increase the academic success, retention, graduation and transfer rates of students who are at high risk of leaving college prior to graduation. The program, supported by a U.S. Department of Education five-year $1,277,525 TRiO grant, provides service to 160 Moraine Valley students.
Student Support Services emphasizes and promotes student success through math and composition tutoring, personal support, technical (computer assistance), academic workshops, financial literacy, and transfer information. The retention, transfer and graduation rates continue to increase beyond the rates of the general population. Student learning is achieved through community outreach and partnerships via collaboration with Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Counseling, Academic Advising, and Registration. Academic Affairs provides excellent tutoring assistance via the Academic Skills Center. Dr. Lara Hernandez Corkrey and Professor Craig Slocum have donated their time to assist TRiO students with specially designed workshops in composition and math. Sumeet Singh has been designated as the TRiO academic advisor to provide assistance to TRiO students. Afrodiet Nemeh and Sharon Brennan have been designated as TRiO counselors to provide personal and career counseling services. A strong relationship has been developed with the Registration and Financial Aid offices, which are essential in addressing student concerns and challenging situations that otherwise would result in a student withdrawing from the college.
Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a plethora of activities which culminate with a joint graduation celebration of MSA and TRiO graduates. Representatives from ISAC have provided FAFSA workshops to assist Student Support Services participants. Participants were provided community service opportunities via the Shamrock Shuffle and Chicago Marathon sponsored by the Bank of America. TRiO students have visited colleges such as University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University and Northern Illinois University to obtain transfer information.
ENHANCE COMMUNITY AWARENESS, CONNECTIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
The Admissions Office redesigned the monthly adult information sessions, now called Career Paths and Coffee. The office continues to partner with district libraries to offer these adult workshops. The recruiters also partnered with ISAC to provide detailed financial aid information at our library sessions. Career Paths and Coffee sessions have been added to the Southwest Education Center and Education Center at Blue Island. Recruiters began providing an outreach presentation to local unemployment support groups about career programs and availability of JRC workshops.
Admissions offered the first of a semi-annual Speaker Series: Career Paths and Coffee designed to help adults improve job skills or prepare for a new career. The first event was held March 10, 2012, featuring a speaker from the Department of Labor. More than 80 community residents attended.
The Admissions Office partnered with the Palos-Orland Chapter of the American Association of University Women to host their annual Math/Science Conference for more than 50 fifth grade girls and their parents. Admissions presented information about programs and resources at the college for adult students.
Admissions Office staff visits area high schools four times per semester providing them with pertinent information about Moraine Valley’s programs and services.
Twice a year Admissions hosts a Saturday Open House for high school students. The fall program on Nov. 5, 2011, was attended by 285 students, and their parents. Presentations were given by Admissions, Academic Advising, Financial Aid and Student Life followed by tours of the campus. We continue to include an adult information module for parents. This same program was held for a second time on June 9, 2012, with 150 people attending.
The fifth annual Distinguished Scholars Night was hosted by Admissions on March 6, 2012. The Admissions Office, in cooperation with Financial Aid and Honors, worked together to make this a success.
Moraine Valley’s annual districtwide College Career Night was held Oct. 12, 2011. More than 180 colleges, universities and military representatives were present. Approximately 3,000 parents and students toured our campus and received information to help them select a college. Parent information booths were placed in the Gym and Building M.
On Dec. 2, 2011, the office held its annual high school counselor and department chair breakfast meeting. Counselors and department chairs were served breakfast and heard presentations on topics that were meaningful to the transition from high school to college. The topics were focused on College and Career Readiness and Agree to Degree. The presentations were provided by Dr. Jo Ann Jenkins and Suzanne Ryerson on College and Career Readiness. Dr. Margaret Lehner presented on Agree to Degree. More than 125 partners from the high school and college were present.
The Admissions Office works collaboratively with adult outreach by presenting information to all GED classes and test orientations. The office continued to strengthen partnerships with Adult Basic Education and the Adult Learner Program coordinators.
The Admissions Office continues to attend monthly chamber of commerce networking events and community expos. These events allow Moraine Valley to strengthen our relationships with local businesses in the community.
Moraine Valley’s Title III grant is focused on intervention strategies to increase the retention and academic success of the college’s at risk students. The Academic Advising Center was approved to use Title III funds to support four part-time academic advisors to pilot intrusive advising intervention strategies for part-time students. These directive and intentional case management interventions in academic advising services will include strategies that correspond to the learning and special service needs of non-traditional part-time, adult students, and students transitioning from developmental education into college-level courses.
New part-time students will be assigned to an academic advising team to guarantee they have the essential supportive systems to enable one-to-one intervention throughout the year. This pilot was designed to increase these targeted student groups’ knowledge about and use of new and/or enhanced college practices, policies, and procedures with the ultimate goal of increasing college retention, degree/certificate completion, and academic and personal success. The evaluation results from these piloted intervention strategies will be used to verify the impact of these strategies on student retention, completion and academic success.
ARTICULATION AND TRANSFER
Moraine Valley is one of the eight community colleges that have signed the Dual Degree Program agreement with Governors State University, which also carries additional scholarship opportunities for our transfer students. The GSU Promise Scholarship awards full tuition to 50 eligible transfer students, and the Dual Degree Program Honors Scholarship awards 4 semesters of tuition and fees to eligible students. The Articulation and Transfer Center is currently working with GSU in developing a fully online Certificate of Advanced Study in Transfer Student Services aimed at educating and aligning staff professionals, administrators, and faculty to support degree completion with the aid of a grant received by GSU through the Kresge Foundation.
Moraine Valley and DePaul University signed the Dual Admission Partnership Program, which also includes a $2,000 DAPP Scholarship opportunity for transfer students. Students should complete the A.A. or A.S. degree in order to be eligible.
Moraine Valley also renewed its 2+2 Agreement with Saint Xavier University in Teacher Education, for both SXU’s bachelor’s programs in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. In addition, Saint Xavier created the Vernon O. Crawley Scholarship, which provides $12,000 annual awards for up to eight Moraine Valley associate degree graduates to transfer to Saint Xavier University.
The Athletics Department returned as a partner with SportsTownChicago Radio and the Silver Lining Foundation inviting the community to the 2nd annual Illinois High School All Star Volleyball game featuring the top female players in the state. The radio show also broadcasts Moraine Valley volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball games.
Athletics once again partnered with the Massage Therapy (MT) Program to allow MT students to gain practical experience while our men’s soccer players benefited from the therapeutic results. Men’s soccer and women’s basketball met on a team and individual basis throughout the season with a student intern from the Adler School of Professional Psychology who was completing the Sport and Health Practicum of her degree. The intern focused on mental skills training as a goal to help each athlete reach an ideal performance state and create a mental-peaking plan to maximize both individual and team potential.
Approximately, 151 athletes started in fall 2011, and 145 returned in the spring 2012. 44 of our 65 sophomore athletes petitioned for May/August 2012 graduation. 13 outstanding athletes were honored as NJCAA Academic All-Americans, with 33 Skyway Conference Academic Award Winners.
EDUCATION CENTER AT BLUE ISLAND
Student outreach and recruitment is a major function of the center. This year, the Blue Island Center held a Preview Day in the fall and spring to offer potential students an opportunity to learn about upcoming Blue Island course offerings, student services available, and advantages of taking classes at the center. Thirty students attended Preview Days. Other outreach activities included presentations to our GED classes and, in collaboration with the Admissions Office, we offered Career Paths and Coffee Adult Information Sessions for potential adult students. Approximately 50 students attended the GED presentations, and 15 potential students attended the Career Paths and Coffee sessions. Lastly, we attended the annual Blue Island TGIF picnic, in which 30 people visited Moraine Valley’s table and the Robbins Youth Day Career and College Fair, and the Eisenhower High School Back-to-School Health Fair, where approximately 10-15 potential students expressed interest in programs at the Education Center at Blue Island.
CENTER FOR DISABILITY SERVICES
The CDS remains in compliance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for eligible students by renewing all departmental support documents for students and faculty (i.e., ADA compliance handbook, Section 504 handbook, and Learning Ally Inc. Membership).
CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
Through its “Trike-A-Thon” fundraising event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, CLC helped to raise funds that were used to assist 60 families within the community.
In collaboration with South Suburban Association of Education for Young Children (AEYC), CLC sponsored a children’s concert at Moraine Valley that was attended by more than 800 children from the local elementary schools.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND STUDENT LIFE
Code of Conduct and Student Life offered numerous events for students and community members.
- More than 100 community members attended Movie in the Moonlight. Gnomeo and Juliet was shown, and Student Life clubs set up a concession stand
- Approximately 155 units of blood were donated through two blood drives sponsored by Student Government Association
- Approximately 50 students attended the SGA Meet and Greet with three candidates for state senate that allowed them to ask questions and hear the candidates’ views and priorities
- The Science Club in collaboration with the Health Fitness Center sponsored a 5K run/walk open to the community
- The Filmmakers Club sponsored a Film Festival where students and community members were invited to view student films and offer their critique
- Many clubs held fundraisers to benefit the community
- The Glacier partnered with the Illinois Press Association to hold a workshop for Illinois high school journalism educators concentrating on video editing
- The Glacier held the Annual SICA High School Publication Seminar to prepare high school journalists and yearbook staffs for IHSA Sectionals. More than 160 students, advisors, presenters and Glacier staff attended.
COUNSELING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Counseling Center continues to offer Career Assessment and Career Planning Seminars to members of the community. This year, the seminar was offered at the Southwest Education Center in addition to the main campus. These seminars help community members learn more about themselves and discover a suitable program of study or career path.
The Counseling Center hosted the Community College Counselors Consortium. 15 community colleges participated with represented 53 professional counseling in attendance. The C-4 Consortium offered professional development to community college counselors, with this year’s guest speaker providing counselors with knowledge on how to serve students who have been out of work for a long period of time.
The Counseling Center administers the Adult Learner Program and works with the Admissions Office to advertise the program to community members. The program offers adult learners the opportunity to take certain courses with other adults to promote their successful transition into the college environment.
In partnership with the Admissions Office, Financial Aid staff presented financial aid information at Career Paths and Coffee Adult Information Sessions, Parent Open Houses, and Open Houses at the Blue Island and Tinley Park Education Centers. In addition, Financial Aid staff presented information at the High School Counselors and Department Chairs’ Breakfast and the Distinguished Scholar Night for high school students and their parents.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
In the community, ISA collaborates with district residents for the International Host Home Program, wherein almost 90 international students are living in local community members’ homes. ISA supported hosts and students, and provided new host orientation and cross-cultural support as they support students’ daily needs and academic success.
With the Community Colleges for International Development Consortium, International Student Affairs and Academic Affairs co-hosted a delegation of eight faculty and administrative staff from Anhui College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and the Nanjing Institute of Industry Technology in China in December 2011 for a productive campus visit to promote Moraine Valley Community College’s automotive technology and career programs.
JOB RESOURCE CENTER
Through various campus collaboration and outreach services, JRC connected with more than 850 constituencies to showcase the services and resources available for our students, alumni and community members.
Employer Relations/Employer Luncheon
The fair and the pre-fair employer luncheon hosted 110 recruiters (fall and spring) to glean from their expertise about hiring trends and factors. It enhances community awareness, connections and builds partnerships with local businesses; local, state, and federal government agencies; and faculty.
JRC provided 16 career workshops with 50 community participants. The workshops build confidence to help individuals step back into the market place or into the classroom. This impacts recruitment as community members and/or alumni are often interested in returning to school and pursuing an alternative career path or enhancing their current skill sets with additional training.
Collaboration with Corporate, Community and Continuing Education:
JRC partnered with CCCE to provide professional clothing through Neat Repeats (a second-hand clothing store) for job fair attendees dressed in non-business attire, therefore increasing the number of jobseekers attending the fair. This also boosted the confidence of the 32 jobseekers who took advantage of this opportunity.
MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) held the fourth Dream Come True event, which involved our 26 surrounding communities and the Moraine Valley Community College community. The event provides high school students with a free prom dress donated by community members and Moraine Valley Community College staff, faculty and students. This year, 50 students received dresses for their high school prom.
NEW STUDENT RETENTION
New Student Retention (NSR) was approved to receive an AmeriCorps VISTA grant in March 2012 to provide two VISTA volunteers to work at the college 40 hours per week. The volunteers’ efforts are used to improve the college’s services to our increasing student veteran population. The VISTAs will also coordinate services provided by the many community organizations to meet the needs of student veterans both inside and outside of the classroom.
The office of NSR participates with the College and Career Readiness grant, which focuses on partnering with our 10 area high schools to better align curriculum and services to reduce student remediated once they enter into college. During the fall 2011 term, the office co-facilitated a College Prep course for 22 high school students.
This course is now pending approval from ICCB to be added permanently into Moraine Valley’s list of course offerings. As co-chair of the grant, NSR staff has participated and presented in several curriculum alignment meetings with district high school administrators, faculty and staff.
Orientation newsletter booklets are distributed to all full-time, first-time students during our New Student Orientation programs with information on resources, activities and events.
NSR has created web-based information regarding new students for parents and the larger community on the New Student Retention and the Parent web pages.
Testing Services has partnered with both internal and external stakeholders to have each student meet their individual educational goal, whether it is to obtain an associate’s degree or certificate and assist them in completing their journey at Moraine Valley.
The Testing Center has proctored and administered more than 32,000 faculty and departmental exams and assessments. In this past year we have partnered with five of the developmental math faculty to offer all of their online exams for the Mastery Learning Program using the MathXL software to help students in developmental classes become successful and be able to enroll in the next level of classes. We also have become part of the Student Success Interventions Title III project by administering more than 1,800 Noel-Levitz College Student Inventory (CSI) to new incoming full-time/part-time freshmen. CSI’s goal is to enhance retention and success of at-risk students by offering insight for the Moraine Valley counselors as to the individual student’s academic and career aspirations, and to some of the student’s self-identified barriers to success.
TRIO EDUCATIONAL TALENT SEARCH
The TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) is currently in its second year of a 5-year grant cycle; Moraine Valley Community College has hosted/operated the program for the past 9 years. ETS provides services to low-income and first-generation middle and high school students in Moraine Valley’s southeast sector. The services are designed to develop students’ academic skills, encourage them to graduate from high school, and spur their interest in attending college. ETS is funded to serve 518 participants at five targeted middle schools and two area high schools. Our efforts are coordinated with teachers, school counselors and administrators, parents, college admission personnel, and various Moraine Valley Community College departments.
ETS outreach specialists conducted weekly visits to the targeted schools where they met with students individually and in groups for academic, career, and financial aid counseling workshops. ETS also plans trips to provide exposure to college campuses and cultural enrichment for middle school students.
The services provided to the ETS middle school participants during 2011-12 included more than 200 hours of after-school tutoring at our five target middle schools. In addition, ETS provided cultural enrichment trips to the National Museum of Mexican Arts and the Chinese Cultural Center (Chinatown, Chicago). Our middle school participants also were exposed to Moraine Valley’s main campus for several events including Fall Fest, Spring Fest, and the Taste of Moraine Valley. Students were invited to campus to participate in two gender-specific mentoring programs — Bring Your A Game for boys and the DANCE program for girls.
For our high school participants, ETS offered campus visits to several universities, including Illinois State, Western Illinois, Kentucky State, and Columbia College. Participants from our high schools also were offered an ACT preparation class along with financial aid workshops offered in conjunction with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. A summer technology camp was provided on campus in June 2011 that included career exploration and computer instruction in several computer software programs.
TRiO UPWARD BOUND
The TRiO Upward Bound program is currently in its fifth year of a five-year grant awarded to Moraine Valley. Upward Bound is a federally funded program that provides free services designed to improve academic, career and personal skills to prepare eligible (first-generation/low-income) high school students to be successful in high school, and be eligible for and successful in college. The services are offered during the academic year and in the summer, and consist of academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, ACT preparation, college/career planning, cultural awareness, leadership development, community service, and college/cultural field trips. Students are expected to commit to Upward Bound until completion of high school and successful enrollment into post-secondary education.
Upward Bound focused on enhancing services during the academic/summer enrichment programs and continuous collaboration with other departments of Moraine Valley. The program was able to retain the 50 eligible students from the previous year. The academic enrichment program consisted of academic, career and personal advising that was offered in the daily tutoring program (8 hours per week) and in 16 Saturday Academic Academies, where the students received instruction in the core academic subjects, workshops, two community service opportunities (Feed My Starving Children/Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach), three college visits (Saint Xavier University/Lewis University/IIT) and a cultural experience to the DuSable Museum. By participating during the academic year, the students prepared for their current classes and for the ACT and COMPASS exams. The senior students and parents also participated in workshops geared toward completing college applications, scholarships and the financial aid application. During the summer enrichment program the Upward Bound staff also was able to implement a six-week program on the Moraine Valley campus that consisted of seven academic classes, five academic/college and career/social workshops, and recreational activities and college/cultural field trips (Medieval Times, Chinatown Tour, Chicago Sky basketball game and Career Day, University of Notre Dame, and Western Illinois University). To complete the six weeks, the students participated in a weeklong college/cultural tour where they visited Purdue University, Central State University, The Ohio State University, and University of Cincinnati. The students also went on a riverboat tour, visited the Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum, and took a Ride the Ducks City Tour. Upward Bound had continuous collaboration with other Moraine Valley departments.
At the conclusion of the program year, Upward Bound successfully achieved its goal of enrolling at least 65 percent of graduating seniors into a program of post-secondary education. Students were enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College, Western Illinois University, Fisk University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This goal, along with all of our goals, was attained with the support of all of the departments and staff of Moraine Valley.
On March 15, 2012, the college hosted the National Hispanic College Fair through a partnership with The Career Council Inc. and National Hispanic College Fairs Inc. to promote higher education to Hispanic high school students. The college hosted 70 college and universities from around the country and brought in more than 800 students from the district. Admissions collected more than 100 prospect cards at this event.
The Athletics Department’s six teams for men and women included students from 12 different countries representing a wide range of cultures and generations, including several returning adult student-athletes.
EDUCATION CENTER AT BLUE ISLAND
One of our first diversity programs consisted of a wildly popular Piñata demonstration for Hispanic Heritage Month in which 17 students participated and took home a homemade piñata. In February, a line dance demonstration for African-American History Month was offered with approximately 15-20 students who participated. In addition, a breast cancer information table was offered by Metro South Hospital to celebrate Women’s History Month. Lastly, Earth Week offered educational activities to encourage sustainability to approximately 20 students.
CENTER FOR DISABILITY SERVICES
The Center for Disability Services (CDS) provides academic support services and accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure accessibility to the college environment. This chart shows disability code and the number of students.
|CODE||DISABILITY||# STUDENTS W/ PRIMARY|
|0100||Attention Deficit Disorder||68|
|0400||Deaf/Hard of Hearing||29|
|0700||Specific Learning Disabled||347|
|1100||Other Health Impaired||88|
CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
The Children’s Learning Center added Spanish language instruction to its curriculum, employing a student to introduce and teach the language to the children. The center also has invited Arab Student Union students to teach Arabic for a day.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND STUDENT LIFE
Several activities to promote diversity were offered, including the following:
- GLOW sponsored National Coming Out Day
- Alliance of Latin American Students celebrated the Day of the Dead by remembering sustainability and green leaders
- Combat 2 College and GLOW held a celebration luncheon to honor the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
- Arab Student Association celebrated Arab Heritage Month with food, henna tattoos, music, dance, and singing to help educate our students on Arabian culture
- Phi Theta Kappa sponsored Unity in the Community Week, including a cultural luncheon and panel discussion, to improve communal engagement on campus
- The Alliance of African-American Students celebrated Black History Month with Soul Valley (a fashion show and Soul Train Line where historical facts were shared)
- Women Empowered recognized Women’s History Month by viewing Miss Representation, a film that explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence
- The Alliance of African-American Students celebrated Women’s History Month by watching an inspirational movie and discussing the state of women in America
- The Muslim Student Association honored Islam Awareness Week by setting up a booth to address current topics while educating our students
- The Action, Social, Political Club and International Women held a screening of Invisible Children, a presentation about the Congo Tour and information about Joseph Kony
- GLOW held an event to bring about awareness of sexual assault
- Women Empowered hosted a professional training and tips session for styling and care of natural black hair promoting safety, health and money-saving tips
A workshop entitled Understanding the Arab American Student Population was offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning to help faculty and staff understand Arab American culture and how to better serve this student population.
Sections of HDV-100 were offered specifically for adult learners, veterans, and students with disabilities. These sections were substitutes for COL-101 and helped students learn time management, prioritization, stress management, and other college-transition skills.
JOB RESOURCE CENTER
As an effort to increase retention for students of color, JRC developed an initiative to coordinate intensive outreach to this group. JRC staff contacted and met with several student organizations (Alliance of African American Students, Alliance of Latin American Students, Arab Student Union, Asian Diversity, and Muslim Student Association). The JRC provided the students with our objectives and engaged them in the recruitment efforts by having them do outreach and create a marketing plan for the Internship Program. The student of color organizations worked with the college’s Marketing and Creative Services Department to develop promotional materials to recruit students of color into the internship program. JRC currently has 41 students of color in the program.
The Job Resource Center hosted a Non-Traditional Careers Panel highlighting professionals working in non-traditional careers. This event provided more than 42 participants the chance to glean knowledge from four panelists who have overcome barriers, broken stereotypes, and excelled in their careers. This panel was done in collaboration with the Admissions Office, which invited area high school counselors and their students.
The JRC escorted eight students to Northern Illinois University to participate in STEM fest 2011. STEM fest was designed to bring awareness of how science, technology, engineering and math fields play a major role in the advancement of our world. The students stated that attending STEM fest opened their eyes to careers they never thought of before and helped them think about where they would like to transfer to after Moraine Valley. One female student who attended STEM fest has been accepted to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Biomedical Engineering Program for fall 2012.
NEW STUDENT RETENTION
To ensure that all full-time, first-time students are introduced to diverse topics and issues, the COL-101 course assessment requires students to write a two-page paper on diversity.
The assistant dean of New Student Retention (NSR) attended a National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education to keep abreast of innovative programs and services related to diversity. The conference assists higher educational institutions in creating inclusive educational environments, programs and curriculum, improve campus racial and ethnic relations and expand opportunities for educational access and success.
The newest edition of the COL-101 textbook, Cornerstone, Creating Success Through Positive Change, has an expanded chapter on diversity. The chapter now explores not only the types of diversity found in the U.S., but offers a global perspective that has been opened more widely through current uses of technology. The new chapter challenges the student to examine multiple viewpoints and philosophies, and make decisions that are respectful of many types of differences.
NSR continues to provide each instructor of COL-101 courses with information on seminars and workshops that deal with issues of diversity and requests the instructors to strongly encourage students to attend. In addition, the NSR has purchased multiple resources (books, DVDs, and games) to provide a variety of ways for COL-101 instructors to facilitate sessions on diversity in the classrooms.
STUDENT LIFE AND MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
Leadership through the offices of Multicultural Student Affairs and Student Life spearheaded the 7th year of the collegewide Celebrating Diversity Task Group, which highlighted 11 cultures, such as Hispanic, Arab, Black, Eastern European, Women, Asian, Italian, Indian, and Greek. The events consisted of book discussions; movies; lectures; documentaries; music; dance lessons; food; crafts; short plays; service projects; and Spanish, Lithuanian and Arabic language labs.
Multicultural Student Affairs/English Language Learner Center hosted its 8th annual bridge day for English as a Second Language students for five community area high schools. MSA/ELL provided 50 students with campus tours, including 30-minute course sessions from culinary arts to CAD. The students also had the opportunity to meet with Alliance of Latin American Students about their experiences on the campus and were able to take the COMPASS test.
BUILDING ORGANIZATIONAL CAPABILITY THROUGH CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Two of the areas under AQIP addressed were intentional, intrusive academic advising and counseling, and strategies to improve the success of developmental students. The participating advisors and counselors went into the classrooms of developmental reading students to attempt to create relationships with these students. The advisors and counselors developed and organized a separate orientation for students that tested into Reading-041 and 071. There were 35 students who were able to attend one of these sessions. Another effort by advisors and counselors was to reach out to part-time students, which are defined as at-risk students, with Part-Time Information Sessions. There were 40 students who took advantage of this opportunity. Both of these initiatives will be continued next year.
ARTICULATION AND TRANSFER INFORMATION
Articulation conducted several training sessions throughout the year, including degree audits, u.select, the IAI submission process, transfer agreement processes, and curriculum updates for Academic Advising and staff.
The Articulation Department has been trained and conducts updates and maintenance to the new Colleague Degree Audit System.
The transfer coordinator was nominated and selected to serve as the Secretary for the Illinois Transfer Coordinators’ Group.
The Athletics Department recruits future student-athletes through its high school basketball tournaments, All Star games, and summer camps that showcase Moraine Valley’s campus and its athletics programs. Department publications are mailed and handed out as recruitment tools, and the department plans to develop a database for all prospective athletes who visit the campus for future notification of Moraine Valley events.
CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
To better serve and assist families who may be experiencing stress, the CLC staff received training from Pillars on how to identify signs of child abuse and/or neglect, how to approach and speak to parents, and how to partner with parents in seeking help and intervention.
COUNSELING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The college’s continuous improvement model was used to implement Part-Time Information Sessions. The sessions were offered in an effort to help part-time students receive the same valuable information that full-time students receive. This information regarding college policies, programs, registration and academic advising improves the chances of students achieving success.
The Counseling Center received professional development from guest speakers concerning serving undocumented students, trends in psychopharmacology, using community agencies and private practitioners to serve students and understanding sexual assault and sexual harassment regulations through Title IX. This information provided counselors with valuable resources to better serve students.
Several counselors were honored with the opportunity to receive professional development through the college’s first Leadership Assembly. The counselors learned how to serve the college as more effective leaders in their department.
The Counseling Center began steps to assess student academic achievement in its HDV-111, Career Planning courses. The master course outline is being revised in preparation of piloting a new curriculum, which student learning will be assessed.
NEW STUDENT RETENTION
During the fall 2011 and spring 2012, NSR provided each student attending New Student Orientation with a USB flash drive. The goal of this project is to provide the students with access to orientation materials, college practices and procedures, align with the sustainability efforts of the college, and provide the students with a tool that can be utilized during the College 101 Education Planning Session as well as future academic advising sessions.
New Student Retention in collaboration with the Admissions Office facilitated two Parent and Family Orientation sessions for the parents and families of our new incoming students. Sessions were held for the fall term, and approximately 463 parents and family members have attended the sessions.
PLAN, ACHIEVE AND MANAGE GROWTH
Admissions has used Datatel to track applicants through the enrollment process. 8,000 applicants received post cards to encourage enrollment through the use of Datatel. Datatel was also used to track these enrollments.
From July 1 through the end of March, the academic advisors met with 16,378 students. Of this number, 852 were priority appointments while the rest were walk-in students. To assist our continuing students to enroll in the courses associated with their intended degree and certificate completion, a priority advising initiative was created for students based on the college credit hours completed. This new procedure has not only assisted students to better plan prior to their priority registration dates, but it also has alleviated some of the long wait times associated with students coming in at the end of the semester. This past year 852 students took advantage of the opportunity to schedule an appointment with an advisor during their priority advising time slot.
Advising continues to offer support to students who missed the mandatory COL-101 Educational Planning class session. Academic advisors offered 10 structured make-up sessions for students. These sessions were offered in group advising sessions.
CENTER FOR DISABILITY SERVICES
The CDS offers adaptive technology equipment, interpreter services, disability-related information, as well as educational planning, extended time, tape recorder and note taker. The CDS utilizes work-study students and two paraprofessionals to support and tutor students with disabilities.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND STUDENT LIFE
Approximately 600 students voted in the student trustee election, and Taylor Geraghty was selected as student trustee. Students were invited to participate in a lunch meeting with the four college presidential candidates.
For FY13 planning, the Code of Conduct and Student Life office will initiate a poster campaign promoting Moraine Valley’s Core Values and appropriate classroom behavior. The poster will serve as a constant reminder of what is expected from students to ensure the success of all students. Also, the office will participate in the National Assessment of Student Conduct Adjudication Processes (NASCAP) Project. The NASCAP Project offers a convenient way to measure the effectiveness of our conduct system and the learning that occurs as a result of our students’ interaction with it.
COUNSELING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Three new part-time counselors were hired this year to help the Counseling Center serve the growing student population.
With the implementation of the Colleague system, the Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) helped in ensuring that students with less than a 2.0 GPA were not able to access the registration without the intervention support of a counseling member. This new system helped to strengthen processes to reach students for earlier and intrusive services.
NEW STUDENT RETENTION
NSR has added a new full-time student success and veterans coordinator to assist in the efforts of providing services to our new student and student veteran populations.
The COL-101 Task Group, which is comprised of full-time instructors, deans, and counselors, meets on a quarterly basis to examine curricular issues, course effectiveness, and content for continuous improvement for course content programming and services.
In FY11 Testing Services had established an association with Advocate Christ Medical Center-EMS Academy Paramedic Education Program to administer nine modular exams, midterm and final written evaluation of their students and assist in the EMS program certification process.
The COMPASS placement exam was designed into the College and Career Readiness grant pilot program to be used not only for placement but also as a pre/post-test for intervention assessments for junior and senior high school students. It also was used to measure placement-level changes. The diagnostic portion of COMPASS was added to the exam to assess the student’s strengths and areas that need improvement in math and English.
An audit of the ACT Testing Center for high stakes testing was conducted by the American College Testing program, and the Moraine Valley center exceeded the national average in all four areas of evaluation.
- Testing Center procedures and process (4.92/5)
- Testing environment (4.59/5)
- Knowledge of center staff (4.92/5)
- More overall ease of access to the center (4.64/5)
Looking Ahead—Plans for the Year 2013
- Augment advisor access to students to complement an intrusive advising model using a small eight-person lab for mini-group advising/orientation and cohort building among adult part-time students.
ARTICULATION AND TRANSFER
- The office is working on becoming a partner with Illinois Institute of Technology’s Presidential Scholarship program, which also includes a $2,000 DAPP Scholarship opportunity for transfer students. Students should complete the A.A. or A.S. degree to be eligible.
- The Athletics Department academic advisor encourages all athletes to meet for individual and group advising several times each academic year as a vital tool for degree completion and a successful transfer.
- Athletics continues to look for ways that Colleague can provide pertinent data and utilize college reports to assist in student athlete success.
- The soccer and volleyball athletes are planning a trip to Spain that will include international service learning.
- Athlete alumni are invited on campus to be motivational speakers to all current athletes.
- In collaboration with Learning Enrichment and College Readiness, math study groups for athletes will be piloted this fall.
CENTER FOR DISABILITY SERVICES
- In collaboration with the Academic Advising Center and the Education Department, CDS created a peer mentor-mentee partnership to support student connection to the college through campus services.
- In collaboration with Information Technology, CDS is enhancing high quality support services through early retrieval of student needs based on established student success and retention criterion.
CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
- Plan, develop and implement strategies to increase child care enrollment and extend CLC services to community members.
- The development and pilot of the Sophomore Year Experience course is underway to address the unique needs of our second-year students preparing to transition from the community college to four-year institutions.
- The Admissions Office will develop an adult admissions newsletter to be sent to prospects in database that will focus on relevant information and drive target market to adult success page of website.
- Southwest Education Center will implement a Southwest Center Club and Resources Fair to promote student life organizations and clubs, and student development resources to students during the fall and spring semesters.
- Engage in continuous review of institutional processes, systems and structures to assure efficient operations.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
- Review and improve various aspects of International Student and Host Home Orientation Program for the 2012-2013 academic year.
JOB RESOURCE CENTER
- The JRC continues to co-host a monthly cable show called Meet with Moraine. The purpose of the show is to increase recruitment, retention and completion at the college by highlighting the wonderful elements that the college offers to students, alumni, and the community.
- The JRC will continue to enhance and promote student employment to students, especially international students and students of color, with the goal of increasing retention and completion rates at the college.
MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
- The Multicultural Student Affairs Office is developing a guide for employees working with undocumented students and assisting students understand the DREAM Act.
- Provide an outreach and recruitment support night program to in-district high schools. This support night program will provide information on admissions, financial aid and the MSA/ELL Center.
- Implement outreach and retention model for Latino and Arab American communities.
NEW STUDENT RETENTION
- Create a comprehensive Blackboard resource site for College 101 instructors.
STUDENT LIFE and STUDENT CONDUCT
- Initiate a poster campaign promoting Moraine Valley’s Core Values and appropriate classroom behavior.
- Implement an annual reporting process for clubs and organizations.
- Establish and institute a student success lounge within the Student Union.
STUDENT SUCCESS INTERVENTION
- Through the National Grant Learning Challenge, collaborate with New Student Retention to pilot and track interventions with developmental education students designed to improve student retention, course completion and success rates.
- Create an academic planning calendar for student athletes to be used as an intrusive advising tool to promote student success and retention.
- Provide efficiency and consistency in student services through the change of service hours and title of the Testing Center to Testing Services.
- Increase the number of students taking College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and receiving college transferable credit based upon Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). This supports Moraine Valley’s Agree to Degree efforts by shortening a student’s pathway to a degree.
- Educational Talent Search will reorganize its operational procedures for tracking participants.
- Student Support Services will continue to support student success and student retention by offering an incentive for students to attend workshops, which will improve or enhance their academic performance.
- Upward Bound will implement a financial literacy curriculum consisting of workshops and activities to provide awareness and preparation for parents and students.
Student Development Division Departments at a Glance
Academic Advising Center
Center for Disability Services
Counseling and Career Development Center
International Student Affairs
Job Resource Center
Multicultural Student Affairs
New Student Retention
Student Life and Judicial Affairs
Student Success Interventions
Transfer Information and Articulation
TRiO Educational Talent Search
TRiO Student Support Services
TRiO Upward Bound