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Report of Accomplishments

Student Development: promoting student learning and student success

Highlights of 2012–2013

From the Student Development Leadership Team
It is our pleasure to share the 2012-2013 Moraine Valley Community College 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.



Normah Salleh-Barone, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Development



Joann Wright
Dean of Counseling and Advising

Severo Balason
Dean of Enrollment Services

Chet Shaw
Dean of Student Services

Bill Finn
Director of Athletics

Veronica Wade
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President


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 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

Program Highlights


Admissions coordinates multiple automated phone campaigns throughout the school year to prospective and currently enrolled students. Some examples of phone campaigns include priority registration, registration reminders, applied but not registered, and drop for non-payment. On average during each campaign, approximately 7,000 calls were made. This is a coordinated effort between Admissions and Client Services.

The Admissions Office coordinated the Student Ambassador Organization in the 2012-2013 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. During the 2012-13 academic year, 1,750 prospects were given a campus tour.

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 the Admissions 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 to complete their Educational Planning Guide. Academic advisors facilitated 158 sections (serving approximately 3,400 students) of COL-101 mandatory course content of Educational Planning in the fall semester. During the spring semester, the advisors led another 60 course sections, serving approximately 1,300 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; 593 prospective nursing students attended the 13 sessions from July 2012-June 2013.
  •  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 24 students.
  • In the fall and spring, after the school year had begun, the academic advisors held 34 orientations for 139 full-time students. These mini-orientations provided students with college procedures, policies, academic information, assistance, and registration.
  • The Academic Advising Center created an advising model to provide comprehensive services that focused on delivering pertinent information and academic strategies at educational milestones, from new student entry through to program completion. This will enhance student awareness of their role and responsibility throughout the learning experience. The model was developed to serve as the foundation of all advising services and support for students. The model created was an Academic Advising Syllabus. This syllabus allows expectations, policies, and responsibilities to be clearly outlined for the student and serves to guide them through their education by benchmarking success points at semester intervals. Based on semester of enrollment, students should be able to demonstrate specific proficiencies such as knowing the difference between career and transfer programs and understand how to navigate the student portal or when to petition for graduation. It includes responsibilities of the students and the advisors so expectations are set. This syllabus provides the students with a pathway toward their degree completion and basic checkmarks along the way. It provides a guideline for students when they meet with their advisor to create understanding from the student prospective of their own educational plan and sets the student on the path to completion of their educational goals from day one. The syllabus was also incorporated into a newly created advising tool for new full-time students that they receive at orientation.

The college now uses Colleague’s Degree Audit as an advising tool that allows students to know what courses they need to complete their degree or certificate program. They are also run by the Records Department as a final graduation audit. Articulation has been working with Academic Affairs to update all academic programs. By fall 2013 semester, E-Advising is expected to be operational, enabling students and staff to create degree audits and course plans. Articulation is working with Academic Advising and Information Technology for this implementation.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, 150 athletes completed 3,432 credits with a completion rate of 80 percent at a GPA of 2.67. In spring, the department received 82 percent positive feedback on their academic progress reports for 167 athletes. Athletes received personalized advising support throughout the year, and the advisor continuously checks on each athlete’s schedules. Forty-four second-year athletes petitioned for spring/summer 2013 graduation.

The Athletics Department had yet another banner year both academically and athletically as eight student athletes received National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-American awards. The Cyclones continue to be leaders in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Academic arena with 28 student athletes named to the Conference All-Academic team.

Men’s basketball topped the sports teams with a Runner-Up finish at the NJCAA National Championships after back-to-back Region IV Championships and a share in the Skyway Conference Championship. The team was led by this season’s Coach of the Year and the Player of the Year, who was also awarded the NJCAA All-American status for the second consecutive year.

Women’s volleyball achieved a Moraine Valley first undefeated regular season, earning a trip to the NJCAA National Championship tournament. The team boasts their own NJCAA All-American, also named the Skyway Conference Player of the Year, in addition to the Region and Conference Coach of the Year.

Women’s tennis also had an undefeated season with one player defending her singles championship, making Region IV history with back-to-back undefeated seasons as the team earned a berth to NJCAA Nationals for Region IV and yet another Skyway Coach of the Year honor.

Additionally, golf and men’s cross country represented the college at NJCAA National Tournaments.

Student Development Services at the Education Center at Blue Island provides student services at the site located in Blue Island, IL. This office emphasizes and promotes student success off campus by assisting students with enrollment, registration, financial aid, advising and class scheduling needs. This office works in collaboration with the offices at the main campus to provide seamless service for the students. During FY2012 -2013, the office had 1,132 contacts with students.

Student Services
Students Assisted Seat Count/Credit Only Seat Count /Credit
Noncredit/ESL & GED
FA 2012 752 842  1,089
SP 2013 380 807      984

Placement testing is another service offered off campus at the center. Working in collaboration with the Testing Services office, the center administered 196 placement tests this academic year. Based on the number of students requesting placement tests at the center, this continues to be a valuable service.

Placement Testing Tests Administered
FA 2012 165
SP 2013 31

Photo ID, another requested service offered at the center, is coordinated with the Admissions Office. This year, there were 269 students requesting a new or updated Photo ID. This is a 40 percent increase from last academic year.

Photo ID ID’s and Updates
FA 2012 145
SP 2013 124

In collaboration, with the Financial Aid, Admissions, Counseling and Career Development and Transfer Articulation offices at the main campus, the Education Center hosted a FAFSA completion workshop, Career Paths and Coffee Adult Information Sessions, a Mindfulness and Relaxation counseling workshop, and college visits for our transfer students by four-year institutions.

Center for Disability Services enhanced its retention and completion efforts by having students check in with the case manager regularly, tracking students’ credit hours completed, and number of students retained

Total Number of Students Invited to Participate in Fall 2012 Check-in For Success
Number of Participants
Number of Students Who Opted Out

Number of participants who successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted
Percentage of participants who successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted

Number of participants retained for Spring 2013
Percentage of participants retained for Spring 2013

Number of students who opted out and successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted
Percentage of students who opted out and successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted

Number of students who opted out and were retained for Spring 2013
Percentage of students who opted out and were retained for Spring 2013

Average number of Check-in for Success Visits
Number of occurrences where participants were referred to additional campus resources

Total Number of Students Invited to Participate in Spring 2013 Check-in For Success Program
Number of Participants
Number of Students Who Opted Out

Number of participants who successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted
Percentage of participants who successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted

Number of participants retained for Summer or Fall 2013
Percentage of participants retained for Summer or Fall 2013

Number of students who opted out and successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted
Percentage of students who opted out and successfully completed at least 60% of credits attempted

Number of students who opted out and were retained for Summer or Fall 2013
Percentage of students who opted out and were retained for Summer or Fall 2013

Average number of Check-in for Success Visits

Number of occurrences where participants were referred to additional campus resources




















The Children’s Learning Center, along with Financial Aid, met with a representative from the Illinois Department of Human Services to clarify the policy and procedure for reports submitted to the agency regarding subsidized child care payments. The goal is to ensure that accurate payments are made and student parents have a better understanding of their financial obligations.
The average enrollment for both fall 2012 and spring 2013 was 53 children, approximately 71 percent of the center’s licensed capacity of 74.


  • Approximately 10,000 students participated in over 150 events/activities throughout the year
  • Approximately 50 clubs were active throughout the year
  • The average GPA of all club members (2.894) was higher than the average GPA of all students (2.76) for Fall 2012
  • Over 15 campuswide events were held by Student Life to foster a sense of belonging for all students, including:
    o Fall Fest for campus community
    o U Take the Lead – Leadership Series
    o Constitution Day
    o Chris Jones, hypnotist, performed in the cafeteria
    o Sweetest Day Dating Game
    o Halloween Costume Contest
    o Student Life Thanksgiving Dinner Recognition
    o Fall Talent Show
    o Ice Cream Social/Pep Rally for Athletics Teams
    o Welcome Days – to encourage new students to get involved in clubs/organizations
    o National Compliment Day
    o Valentine’s Day Celebration
    o Spring Break Kick-Off
    o Spring Fest for campus community
    o Stress Relief Days
  • The following presentations were offered to faculty and staff to assist them in working with our students: How to Handle Disruptive Students, Sexual Harassment (Title IX), Overview of Student Conduct Process, Overview of Student Life, Code of Conduct – Mission/Vision/Core Values, Community Standards Board Training, FERPA Training
  • The following presentations were offered to students: Civility for Cyclones, Social Media and the College Student, Ethics Workshop, Community Standards Board Training, Conflict Resolution for Student Leaders, Code of Conduct Jeopardy
  • Implemented a poster campaign to promote Moraine Valley’s core values and expected classroom behavior
  • Women Empowered hosted free resources, including planning, abstinence, testing, counseling, workshops, and free supplies to new parents
  • Phi Theta Kappa nominated 2 students for the All-Illinois Academic Team for Community Colleges and one was awarded a Bronze Medallion
  • Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Iota Lambda Chapter) of Moraine Valley received numerous awards at the Illinois Regional Convention, the most recognition for one chapter in region history.
    o Five Star Chapter Award
    o Outstanding Chapter Award
    o Honors in Action Project Award
    o Outstanding Chapter Officer Team Award
    o Leader of Distinction Award – Timothy Stoehr, President
    o Hall of Honor Officer Award – Phillip Bianco, Vice President of Fellowship
    o Spirit Award – April Gallik – Vice President of Leadership
    o Outstanding Officer- Kayla Smith, Vice President of Communications
    o Hall of Honor Advisor Award – Kimberly Golk, Co–Advisor
    o Horizon Advisor Award- Kimberly Golk, Co-Advisor
    o Outstanding Advisor Award – Demetrius Robinson, Advisor
    o All-Illinois Advisor Team – Demetrius Robinson, Advisor
    o Illinois Region Yearbook -1st Place – recipient of 3 registration fees waived for the
       Fall Regional Convention
    o Special Recognition from the Illinois Regional Officer Team for receiving awards at
       the national convention in April.
    o Kayla Smith, Vice President of Communication, was installed as the Northeastern 
       Vice President for the Illinois Regional Officer Team
  • The Speech and Debate Team won the Gold Medal for the overall tournament in the Phi Rho Pi National Speech and Debate Tournament
    o Coach John Nash was awarded the 2013 Phi Rho Pi award. The Service Award is given
      to an individual who goes above and beyond normal duties to help both the regional and
      national tournaments run smoothly
        o Lauren Smith in Communication Analysis
        o Samm Hilger in Speech to Entertain
        o Angelica Krizka in Persuasive Speaking
        o Brett Krivich in Poetry Interpretation
        o Brett Krivich in Dramatic Interpretation
        o Tom Murphy in Dramatic Interpretation
        o Onute Jureviciute in Dramatic Interpretation
        o Onute Jureviciute in Prose Interpretation
        o Lauren Smith in Program of Oral Interpretation
        o Lauren Smith in Poetry Interpretation
  • The Glacier continues to achieve:
    o Received First Place for the Mike Foster Award for General Excellence at the Illinois Community
       College Journalism Association’s award banquet in Springfield
    o Received Second Place for Front Page Design at the Illinois Community College Journalism
       Association’s award banquet in Springfield
    o Received 5th Place in Best of Show for two-year student newspapers at National College
       Newspaper Conference held in San Francisco
    o Mike Frederiksen received First Place for Photo Spread and First Place for Single Photo
    o Michael Hartmann received First Place for Advertising Design and Second Place for Freehand
    o Emalee Kay received Second Place for Advertising Design and Second and Third Place Awards for
       Computer Graphics
    o Phil A. Bianco received Second Place for News Story
    o Kevin M. Coyne and Fallon Sweeny received Second Place Awards in Editorials for their
       Point/Counter Point on Gun Control
    o Fallon Sweeney received Third Place for Arts Features Story
    o Lucy Welch received Third Place for Freehand Design
    o Kevin M. Coyne received Honorable Mention for News Story
    o Sean McDermott received Honorable Mention for Sports Features Story
    o Frank Florez received Honorable Mention for Arts Features Story

The Counseling and Career Development Center served more than 4,300 students through personal, career and educational counseling services. From the total number of students served, 605 required assistance from counselors in overcoming personal roadblocks that interfered with their academic success. In addition, 625 students learned more about themselves through career counseling, which helped in their choice of a suitable major or career path. More than 2,000 students worked with counselors in the development of strategies for improving their academic performance and in achieving their academic goals. An additional 1,100 students were served through the Academic Success Workshops, a new initiative that serves Academic Caution students in groups. The workshops teach students about academic success strategies, college resources available to assist them and college policies. Academic advisors provide students with an educational plan during the workshop. Students also receive assistance with registering for the following semester.

Counselors worked in collaboration with academic advisors and New Student Retention to serve more than 3,400 students who participated in the Student Orientation and Registration program. Counselors also served students who attended a mandatory Veterans Orientation, a Part-Time Educational Planning Session, or a Student Orientation and Registration Program for RDG-041 and RDG-071 students.

Counselors provided services to students who had received academic integrity sanctions based on filed reports of cheating and plagiarism. Counselors helped students understand the college’s Code of Academic Integrity and assisted them with test anxiety, time management, stress management, and other challenges that contributed to their behavior. In addition, counselors worked with Academic Affairs faculty members to shape policies for instructors’ use of SafeAssign, a language comparison tool within Blackboard that can teach students how to avoid plagiarism.

The CCDC offered 31 workshops on topics ranging from active learning to the consequences of alcohol and drug use. These workshops helped students learn how to manage personal, educational and 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 Understanding the Student Veteran, Setting Achievable Goals, and Retention and Completion from Theory to Practice. These workshops benefited faculty and staff by helping them understand our student population and offering strategies to improve the college’s retention and completion rates.

Counselors offered workshops to over 1,100 students who took the Noel Levitz College Student Inventory when they completed their COMPASS placement exams. The workshop helped students understand their inventory results, which assessed their need for personal, academic and career planning support. Students who participated in the workshop learned about college success strategies and college resources.

Counselors presented 7 sessions in this year’s Learning College Day, which was themed “Innovations at Moraine Valley: Moving Forward.” Presentation topics focused on stress reduction, life balance, retention alert, and helping students change for the better. The sessions provided faculty and staff with strategies for taking care of themselves as individuals as well as supporting student success.
Counselors participated as contributors and members on a number of collegewide committees, including AQIP, Celebrating Diversity, Faculty Development, Pathways to Results, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Committee, 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.
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 resources.

Counselors continued to work with the full-time Developmental Education faculty on the Next Generation Learning Challenge. Over 150 students were referred to the Counseling Center to help them acquire academic success skills. Preliminary data analysis revealed that students who received an intervention from a counselor were more likely to achieve success in their developmental coursework.

Over the last five years, Moraine Valley has had a 136 percent increase in total aid, which includes a 343 percent increase in federal aid. In addition, application volume continues to increase. Federal financial aid awards have gone from $5.5 million to $24.6 million. To emphasize and promote student success, the office has:

  • revised its process to expedite verifying files
  • hired an additional full-time expeditor
  • provided overtime hours for permanent staff in order to complete verification in a timely manner
  • increased the use of electronic media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, monitors, emails, portal, student newsletter, and college website) to communicate financial aid information to students
  • emailed students and called them personally when their file was incomplete
  • continued to research the use of document imaging.

In collaboration with the Admissions Office and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the Financial Aid staff facilitated FAFSA completion workshops on campus and at the off-campus centers in Blue Island and Tinley Park.

The Office of International Student Affairs continues to recruit and retain strong enrollments of international students. By providing outstanding services and fostering a culturally inclusive environment, over 280 international students from 52 different countries chose to attend Moraine Valley. To continue enrolling students from abroad in a very competitive student market, ISA conducts comprehensive recruitment strategies utilizing government resources such as Education USA, the U.S. Commercial Service as well as consortia efforts of USA Community College Consortium, Study Illinois and a comprehensive plan of activities. This year, a new website, transfer enhancements, online services and video testimonials continue to help address student needs. ISA continues to provide a model program of support services, including pre-arrival advising, embassy and visa advising, airport pick-up, community host homes and housing services, medical insurance program, orientation week, intake testing, advising and registration services, and ongoing academic, cultural, educational, immigration, personal and transfer advising services.


The Job Resource Center emphasizes and promotes student success through providing:
Individual Appointments

  • JRC met with 671 students and alumni for individual appointments (Includes internship appointments/orientations (April 2012–May 2013).
  • Meeting with students for individual appointments for resume and cover letter critique, job search strategies and interviewing strategies. This impacts retention/completion by providing individualized, customized assistance depending on student’s job search needs and abilities promoting student success in areas of attaining employment and internships so that they can remain in school and graduate with a focused career plan.

Student Employment

  • The Job Resource Center assisted 296 students to obtain student employment positions.
  • April 2013: National Student Employment Week Recognition Luncheon—The Job Resource Center hosted a Student Employment Recognition Luncheon during National Student Employment week. In attendance were 26 student employees, 16 supervisors, 3 guests and 4 JRC staff members for a total of 49 attendees. Recognition awards were announced and the winners included: Student Employment Best Practice of the Year—Student Life, Student Employment Supervisor of the Year—Terra Jacobson (Library) and Student Employee of the Year—Emmanuel Santoyo from Student Life. One department was nominated for Student Employment Best Practice of the Year, 3 supervisors were nominated for Supervisor of the Year, and 6 student employees were nominated for Student Employee of the Year.


  • During April 2012-December 2012, there were 376 student employees. Out of those students, 76 received a degree or certificate.
  • Between January 2013-May 2013, spring semester, 238 student employees were employed with 37 student employees receiving at least one degree or certificate.
  • Retention:
    - 227 student employees were retained from spring 2012-fall 2012 (97 percent retention rate)
    - 246 student employees were retained from fall 2012-spring 2013 (85 percent retention rate)
  • GPA:
    - 99 student employees had a 3.0-3.49 GPA
    - 137 student employees had a 3.5-4.0 GPA
    - 3.025 was the average GPA

Constituent Contacts (includes employers, students, faculty, community members and staff)

  • The Job Resource Center’s staff had contact with 89,762 (duplicated count) students and alumni via phone, email or at the front desk.
  • Job Resource Center’s front desk had 282 contacts with faculty and 1,731 contacts with community members (via phone and in person)
  • JRC established 15,881 connections with employers via phone, email, or in person regarding employment and internship opportunities for students, alumni and community members

Job and Internship Fairs

  • JRC hosted two Job and Internship Fairs with 119 employers for 1,137 job seekers. JRC had a record number of student participation which increased by a notable 95 percent compared to last year. This impacts retention and completion by providing job search opportunities, networking opportunities, and affecting the student’s goal of obtaining internship or employment. When students obtain part-time, full-time jobs or internships, they are more likely to be able to fund their education and other needs therefore retaining the student and assisting in completion.
  • In an effort to promote professional dressing and advertising of the career fair, JRC held two pre-fair events. Prior to each semester’s fair, we held a “Professional Week” with mannequins and book displays across campus in collaboration with the Bookstore and Library. JRC held 2 “Dress for Success” Showcase events which also promoted an increase in social media followers and student participation at the Job and Internship Fair by 18 percent. There were 205 participants at the JRC “Dress for Success” Showcase events.

Hosting Mock Interview Days

  • JRC hosted two Mock Interview Days with 30 employers and 154 participants. JRC had a record number of participants and a 30 percent increase in student participation.
  • This impacts retention and completion by providing job search preparation resources, venue for practicing interviews with the goal of obtaining internship or employment. When students obtain part-time, full-time jobs or internships, they are more likely to be able to fund their education and other needs; therefore retaining and assisting in completion. Quality professional development in turn leads to employment. Recruitment: Potential students are made aware of how our services relate to recruitment.

Facilitating Day Workshops/Class and Special Presentations

  • JRC provided career-related workshops to 1,598 students to assist them in gaining a competitive edge in the market place.
  • Workshops and Presentations impact retention/completion by enhancing our service delivery to students. Students engage as a group therefore enhancing learning, utilizing technology and embracing diverse thinking. As student’s professional development skills are improved, their ability to secure employment is improved. Securing employment during school and increases retention and completion, as students are better able to fund books, tuition and daily living expenses.

The JRC utilizes technology and produces enhanced learning
The Job Resource Center (JRC) utilized innovative ways to deliver career services to increase student success and their successful pursuit of employment opportunities. JRC actively engages our students through “high-touch” services and unique events to increase student retention and completion.

  • JRC Facebook page has timely job postings, articles, job search information and career event information which also allows for interactive question and answer sessions and surveys. Facebook followers increased by 28 percent. Twitter followers have increased by 300 percent during this year. JRC held 4 online activities related to Professional Week displays to promote student engagement.
  • JRC collaborated with the Library to provide 2 presentations related to online software and effective job searching tools.
  • JRC updated the job posting technology with an online job search tool. College Central Network is an Internet-based job listing service powered by 12 local community colleges. Jobseekers can review positions and post their resumes and portfolios for employers to view. In addition, they can review career related resources, learn about upcoming events and stay connected with the Job Resource Center.

    April 2012-May 2013 Data: Job Postings 1,192; Employers registered 619; Job Seekers 2,936 (Moraine Valley students 2,028, alumni and community members 905)

Internship Program

  • During April 2012-December 2012, there were 160 students in the Internship Program, and 59 of these students were awarded at least one degree or certificate.
  • Between January 2013-May 2013, spring semester, 57 students participated in the Internship Program with 5 of these students being awarded at least one degree or certificate.

  • 89 Internship Program students were retained from spring 2012-Fall 2012 (62 percent retention rate).
  • 69 Internship Program students were retained from fall 2012-Spring 2013 (70 percent retention rate).
  • 66 Internship Program students had a 3.0-3.49 GPA
  • 64 Internship Program students had a 3.5-4.0 GPA
  • 3.123 was the average GPA

The Job Resource Center embraces collaboration with faculty, staff and student organizations across campus to bring career-related events to the students that will enhance their industry knowledge and networking skills. One such event is the Internship Employer and Student Panel. This year the Internship Manager partnered with faculty members to ensure that the time of the panel coincided with their class schedules to provide the panel members with a captive audience. Also, a student intern was added to the panel to give a student’s perspective. The Internship Employer and Student Panel offered 40 students the opportunity to hear industry expertise from four employers and one former intern.

Another event is the Intern and Employer Meeting and Awards ceremony. This event is the Internship Program’s annual meeting and celebration of employers and interns who have been active during the year. Interns are able to nominate their employer for Employer of the Year and, in turn, employers are able to nominate their interns for Intern of the year. All are recognized with a certificate. The winners receive a plaque and their name on the office plaque for people to see for years to come. This past event had 54 attendees.

The Job Resource Center also held an Employer Networking Roundtable event to provide students an opportunity to glean from employers’ expertise on career topics, including resumes, professional dress, networking, interviewing strategies and professional etiquette. The Employer Networking Roundtable had 20 attendees.

Due to some of the hands-on experiences that students will receive through the Moraine Valley healthcare programs, the Internship Program sometimes receives employer inquiries that require more than the general agreement. The Internship Program makes the necessary referral to the medical program. Such referrals have led to partnerships with doctors’ offices looking for CNAs and medical assistants. The Internship Program at the JRC had 71 students to secure internships over the last 11 months with 133 internship employment postings. Currently, there are 129 students in the Internship Program with 34 students of color.

The mission of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and the English Language Learner (ELL) Center is to promote the success of students of color and students with limited English. MSA programs are designed to recruit, retain, and promote degree completion of students of color and individuals with limited English. MSA provides direct student support services and coordinates individual and group activities to promote integration into the college environment and academic success. Services are available to all students. However, primary constituents are individuals of color and individuals with limited English. The MSA/ELL staff served 658 students during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Individual Appointments
MSA/ELL Center scheduled 819 individual appointments (includes advising and prospective student appointments). The individual student appointments impact the retention/completion rates by providing prescriptive advising including the following: academic advising for general education courses, IELP to general education coursework, foreign degree incorporation, 4-year transfer information and high school bridge information.

Open House
During the fall 2012 semester, Multicultural Student Affairs provided an event that was extended to all to provide information on services provided by the department and an opportunity to meet the staff.

ELL Workshops # of workshops # of participants % of students improved
Fall 2012 3 22 86%
Spring 2013 6 40 88%

The ELL Center strives to create ELL workshops that both supplement and enhance resident IELP student learning. The workshops covered topics such as conversation practice, grammar review and journal/free writing, and the American culture. Eighty-six percent of IELP Students who attended ELL workshops in the fall 2012 semester showed improvement in their IELP grammar and writing courses with a grade of “B” or better.

Through the integration of the iPad within the ELL Center workshops during the spring 2013 semester, the ELL Center saw a slight increase in student improvement where 88 percent of participating students showed improvement in their IELP Grammar and Writing courses with a grade of “B” or better. Student participants who had poor attendance at the workshops showed little to no improvement.

DREAM (Directing Results through Educational and Academic Mentoring)

Semester Minority Students Contacted DREAM Mentee Orientation Committed Participants
Fall 2012 856 80 40

The DREAM Mentoring program is a staff/faculty/student mentoring program designed to help students reach educational and career goals as well as provide social and personal direction. The DREAM mentee orientation provided an overview of the program and expectations as a student mentee. Eighty students attended the orientation with 40 students committing to the program. Thirty-eight of the 48 students were retained from semester to semester with an average GPA of 2.5.

DREAM Book Scholarship

  • MSA created a book scholarship opportunity for all mentees. The application requirements included a 2.0 GPA, essay, letter of recommendation from their mentor and commitment to becoming a peer mentor for the following semester. Funds were allocated from the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. The group raised $1,155 that was distributed into book scholarships for the mentees.

Jody Gaunt Book Scholarship

  • Established by the Alliance of Latin American Students in honor of Jody Gaunt, this scholarship award can be used toward textbooks and classroom supplies purchased at the Moraine Valley Bookstore for the upcoming academic year.

Multicultural Student Affairs Workshops

MSA Workshops # of workshops held # of participants
Fall 2012 6 30
Spring 2013 6 45

Multicultural Student Affairs strives to create workshops that both supplement and enhance students of color and DREAM mentees' college experiences. The workshops included undocumented student resource information sessions, minority student transfer information, minority scholarship search, understanding the college culture as a minority student and Holla Back sessions with Chet Shaw, dean of Student Services.

The Office of New Student Retention’s (NSR) mission is focused 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. During the spring of 2012, in response to our growing student veteran population, NSR formally expanded to include veteran’s services.

In the 2012-2013 school term the office of NSR held a total of 84 orientation sessions serving 3,512 students. The 3-1/2 hour orientation program provided students with college procedures, policies, academic information, assistance, and registration.

Term Number of Sessions Number of Attendees
Fall 2012 65 2,980
Spring 2013 19     532

Through the Veteran Orientation programs, an additional 70 students were served for fall 2012 and 69 for spring 2013 term. The orientation program provides student veterans with institutional and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) information regarding procedures and policies and how to maintain their eligibility status for their benefits. Students are able to select and register for courses. They also receive information on the use of federal and state benefits, how to remain in compliance with the VA and the institution, and resources available. The orientation 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 and obtain their educational goals.

During the fall and spring semesters, NSR in collaboration with the offices of Academic Advising and Counseling, held 14 new student orientation sessions serving approximately 150 students to better serve the needs of our Developmental Reading and part-time students. In addition, 17 part-time student informational sessions were also held to assist our students with educational planning and course selection.

The office of NSR provided 203 sections of the College 101 course with a total of 4,184 students attending. This course allows freshmen to make a successful transition to the college environment.

Term Number of Sessions Number of Attendees
Fall 2012 149 3,078
Spring 2013 54 1,108

The latest data provided by our Institutional Research office confirms who students that successfully complete College 101 have higher grade point averages, have better retention rates and earn higher percentages of credit hours enrolled. The 2011 numbers are as follows:

(earned A, B or C)
Did not Take
(students that were exempt)
(D, F, W, or I)
Grade Point Avg.  2.77 2.53 1.44
Retention Rate Across Term 89%  64% 52%
Retention Rate
Across Year
72% 57% 35%
Percentage of Credit Hours Earned 85% 82% 34%

During the fall and spring semesters, we offer one 16-week “veterans only” section per semester of HDV-100. This course is specifically designed to assist veterans and their dependents and/or spouses with their transition into the college environment and civilian life. The courses are taught by a licensed counselor who has the training and experience needed to address the issues and concerns that veterans may have in their transition to college.

NSR, in collaboration with Admissions, 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 367 parents and family members attended the sessions.

The college continued its efforts to serve students that tested into one or more developmental courses through the Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant (NGLC). NGLC is 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. Data collected shows that early intervention strategies initiated by their instructors and following up with the recommended meeting with counselors make a significant difference in the success of the students. The intervention group’s GPA was almost .5 percent higher than those who did not receive a counseling intervention. The completion rate for all courses was also higher for the intervention group, averaging about 20 percent higher than the non-intervention group, and was found to be promising.

The assistant dean and student success coordinator attended several workshops and seminars in the 2012-2013 school terms to enhance knowledge and gain additional perspectives regarding first-year-experience and retention programming. The workshops and conferences included the National Symposium on Student Retention, League for Innovation in the Community College Learning College Summit, and Pearson Student Success National Forum, in addition to several conferences and webinars that focused on the concerns of our growing student veteran population.

Student development specialist at the Southwest Education Center provides student services at the site in Tinley Park, IL. This office emphasizes and promotes student success off campus by assisting students with enrollment, registration, financial aid, advising and class scheduling needs. This office works closely with Enrollment Service Offices at the main campus to provide seamless service for students. During FY 2012-2013, the center made 553 service contacts with students.

Student Services
Students Assisted   Seat Count/Credit Only Seat Count /Credit
Noncredit/ESL & GED
FY 12-13  553 1,860 2,155

Placement testing is another service offered off-campus at the center. Working in collaboration with the Testing Services office, the center administered 127 placement tests this academic year. Based on the number of students requesting placement tests at the center, this continues to be a valuable service.

Placement Testing Tests Administered
FY 12-13  184

Photo ID, also offered at the site, is coordinated with the Admissions Office. This year, 184 students requested a new photo ID or update.

 Photo ID ID’s and Updates
FY 12 - 13  184

In collaboration with the Financial Aid and Admissions offices, the Southwest Education Center hosted a FAFSA completion workshop and a series of Career Paths and Coffee Adult Information Sessions for potential and current students. The center also collaborated with the Job Resource Center to conduct individualized appointments with students and, with the assistance of the Transfer Articulation Office, the center hosted college visits by four-year institutions for our transfer students.

During the 2013 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 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, including 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. The intervention strategies supported with Title III funds and Title III staff assistance in fiscal year 2013 focused on intrusive counseling/advising strategies and developmental education success strategies.

Intrusive Advising Intervention strategies were piloted this fiscal year. The at-risk student populations targeted in these interventions included those identified in the original grant proposal: adult, part-time, online, and students placing in developmental education courses. In addition to piloting intervention strategies with these at-risk populations, the college continued to develop and implement a tracking system to support these intervention strategies.

An academic planner designed specifically for student-athletes was developed and piloted. The planner included an educational planning guide as well as specific information for student athletes. This tool was used in meetings between the student athlete success coordinator and the student-athletes to document information discussed in the meeting, as well as teach time management skills. In piloting this tool, the retention rate of 151 student athletes from fall 2012 to Spring 2013 was 88 percent and the course completion rate for fall 2012 was 88%. Student athletes’ use of the planner included 56 percent using the planner with the advisor, and 87 percent using the planner more than once per week.

An Academic Success Workshop was created to assist students that have been placed into the first level of academic caution in the college’s Standards of Academic Process (SOAP) program. The workshop reviewed academic expectations of the college learner, information on the SOAP program and other college policies, discussion of academic success strategies, and education planning. In the piloted Academic Success Workshop, 509 of 864 students attended and 367 of these students registered for the following semester; this represents a retention rate of 72 percent from spring 2012 to fall 2012.

Part-time Educational Planning Sessions were piloted during spring and summer 2012 to provide part-time students with an intrusive supportive orientation program that has previously only been available to full-time students. Counseling and Advising, including part-time temporary advisors hired to implement Title III intervention strategies, collaborated to create these sessions designed to assist part-time students with information and directions to increase the likelihood that they would successfully begin their college experience. A total of 102 students attended the sessions and 67 (or 66 percent) registered for the fall 2012 semester. The 102 students who attended the Part-Time Educational Planning Sessions were some of the 150 students assigned to the part-time, temporary advisors hired for the pilot project. The additional 48 students were adult students who came to the Academic Advising Center as walk-ins.

The advisors were assigned to work with the part-time students who came to the Academic Advising Center on a walk-in basis. The intrusive strategies used with them included: 1) Contacting the students to inform them when the Spring 2013 schedule was available online and urging them to call for an appointment or to stop in; 2) Post cards mailed to these students reminding them to register for spring semester; and 3) Six “Spring into Courses” sessions were facilitated to assist students with planning spring course selection and to discuss important college resources and policies. Of the 150 students in the pilot, 51 percent were retained from fall 2012 to spring 2013 with 78 percent of these students completing at least 67 percent of the fall 2012 credits attempted. Of the 49 percent who did not register for spring 2013, only 39 percent of these students completed at least 67 percent of credits attempted.

Four Academic Advising Center staff members attended the week-long National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Summer Advising Institute to create an intrusive advising model for Moraine Valley. During the institute, the team drafted an Academic Advising syllabus designed to define the role of academic advising in a teaching and learning environment that promotes student success for at-risk students. The syllabus allows for a mission statement, goals, services, and responsibilities to be defined in writing, and serves as a reference tool when developing intrusive advising services for at-risk students. The syllabus includes the development of advising outcomes for students, such as knowing the difference between career and transfer programs and understanding how to navigate the student portal.

Check-In for Success: The Center for Disability Services (CDS) facilitated a pilot project in which students that placed into developmental education level courses were required to quickly check-in with the CDS case managers. Twenty-three students signed up for the pilot program in fall 2012 semester, and 16 students completed the program. The students in the pilot group participated in an average of six Check-in for Success visits with case managers. These check-in visits included discussions of grades, study skills, time management, and referrals to other college support resources, such as the Academic Skills Center for tutoring. The retention rate from fall 2012 to spring 2013 for the 16 participants was 87 percent compared to 44 percent for the 9 students who opted out of the program. Seventy percent of the participants completed at least 60 percent of the credits attempted compared to 56 percent of the participants who opted out of the program.

The Title III grant will help to support developmental education success strategies being developed and piloted through summer 2013, including the construction of a Math Resource Lab to enhance the learning environment for the developmental math mastery program; the use of a mobile learning lab with developmental level communication classes; using technology as supplemental instructional tools in different developmental education courses; piloting the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment tool; and piloting the use of lecture capture technology in developmental education courses.

Testing Services partnered with Learning Enrichment and College Readiness to develop a COMPASS Preparatory workshop and a Summer Bridge Class. These offerings started the summer of 2013 and will run through 2014 to assist the students who need to review and prepare for the COMPASS math placement exam.

In 2013, the Testing Center was renamed to Testing Services which better reflects the varied tests and services that are offered. Testing Services is comprised of the Testing Center (faculty course specific/classroom exams), COMPASS Lab (placement testing), High Stakes Testing (professional certification exams), and Test Proctoring Services (proctoring of exams for Community/Colleges/Professional Organizations).

In fall of 2013, the Testing Services aligned their opening hours with other Student Services departments to provide an efficient and consistent starting time. Also in fall of 2013, Testing Services expanded its hours to offer 70 hours of testing over a six-day period (Monday to Saturday).

Testing Services assisted in the development of an online pre-registration and pre-payment of COMPASS placement testing for the Moraine Valley campus and the Blue Island and Tinley Park extension centers.

The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) is currently in its third year of a 5-year grant cycle; Moraine Valley has hosted/operated the program for the past 10 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 admissions personnel, and various Moraine Valley departments.

Our outreach specialists conducted weekly visits to target schools where they met with students individually and in groups for workshops, and academic, career, and financial aid counseling.

ETS also plans trips to provide exposure to college campuses and cultural enrichment for middle school 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 the Registration Office. Academic Affairs provides excellent tutoring assistance via the Academic Skills Center. Sumeet Singh was designated as the TRiO academic advisor to provide assistance to TRiO students. Afrodiet Nemeh and Sharon Brennan were designated as TRiO Counselors to provide personal and career counseling services. A strong relationship has been developed with the Registration and Financial Aid affices, which are essential in addressing student concerns and challenging situations that otherwise would result in a student withdrawing from the college.

The TRIO Upward Bound program is currently in the first year of its second cycle of a five-year grant awarded to Moraine Valley Community College. 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 and successful in college. The services are offered during the academic year (academic component) and in the summer (summer component) 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.


The Admissions Office designed a new prospective adult student newsletter called Thresholds. This newsletter promotes new programs and services relevant to the adult population and also features testimonials from adult students; 3,000 newsletters are mailed throughout the year. The redesign of the monthly adult information sessions introduced Career Paths and Coffee. Partnership with district libraries is ongoing to offer adult workshops. 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 the Job Resource Center workshops.

Career Paths and Coffee Speaker Series are designed to help adults improve job skills or prepare for a new career. These events were held in August and December 2012, and March 2013. Over 120 community residents attended. Admissions partnered with the Palos-Orland Chapter of the American Association of University Women to host their annual Math/Science Conference for over 50 fifth grade girls and their parents. During this event, Admissions presented information about programs and resources at the college for adult students.

In March 2013, Admissions became the new host of the monthly local cable television show Meet with Moraine. This program features staff and faculty who showcase and promote college programs and events to the community. In February, Admissions piloted a new financial aid workshop for parents of high school seniors. This program was in partnership with the Financial Aid office and ISAAC representatives. This event successfully helped over 75 parents complete the FAFSA. Admissions will continue to offer this annual event.

Admissions visits area high schools four times per semester providing them with pertinent information about Moraine Valley’s programs and services, as well as attends multiple college fairs at local high schools throughout the school year. Twice a year admissions hosts a Saturday Parent Open House for high school students. The fall program was attended by 250 students and their parents. A presentation was given by Admissions, Academic Advising, Financial Aid and Student Life followed by tours of the campus. Admissions continues to include an adult information module for parents. This same program was held again in May.

The fifth annual Distinguished Scholars Night was hosted by Admissions, in cooperation with Financial Aid and the Honors program, who worked together to make this a success.

Our annual district-wide College Career Night was held in October. Over 180 colleges, universities and military representatives were present. Approximately 3,000 parents and students came to our campus and received information to help them select a college. We continue to have a parent information booth. The program is in the Gym and Building M.

In November, we held our annual high school counselor and department chair breakfast meeting. Counselors and department chairs had breakfast and heard presentations on topics related to the Cyber Security Program. The college showcased the newly remodeled Center for Contemporary Technology. The presentations were provided by Dr. John Sands and Eric Spengler. The event was successfully attended by approximately 130 high school counselors and college staff.

The Admissions Office works collaboratively with Learning Enrichment and College Readiness by presenting information at all GED orientations. We continue to strengthen our partnership with the Adult Basic Education coordinator. The Admissions Office continued in 2012-13 to attend monthly chamber of commerce networking events and community expos. These events allow us to strengthen our relationships with local businesses.

Moraine Valley’s Title III grant is focused on intervention strategies that will 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. Four advisors were hired in Spring 2012 (though one advisor was unable to continue to work after August), and they created a pilot group of 150 new part-time students. They were able to collaborate with Admissions by participating in their Adult Information Sessions and became responsible for scheduling and facilitating the new Part-Time Student Educational Planning Sessions. The three advisors created special group advising sessions for their pilot group of students and utilized intentional case management interventions to reach out to their group of students, including email, mail and phone calls.

The new part-time students were assigned to this academic advising team to guarantee that they have the essential supportive systems to enable one-on-one intervention throughout the calendar year. In this way, this targeted student group was able to learn about career vs. transfer information, the importance of college practices, policies, deadlines and procedures. The ultimate goal was to increase college retention, degree/certificate completion, 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.

Of the 150 students in the pilot, 130 of them registered for fall 2012 and 77 of them registered for spring 2013. Of the students who continued for the Spring 2013 semester, 57 successfully completed 67 percent of the coursework. Seventy-eight percent of these students completed at least 67 percent of the fall 2012 credits attempted.

A partnership was established with DePaul University called the DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP). This was designed to assist transfer students in making a smooth transition from Moraine Valley to DePaul without losing time or credits and the student is then eligible for many additional benefits, including:

  • Same degree requirements from date of application
  • Assistance in course selection from DePaul transfer admission counselors
  • May qualify for transfer scholarship
  • Eligible for the Accelerated Transfer Admission Process

There are 21 students in DAPP with 14 indicating to start in fall 2013 but are still incomplete and 7 have already been admitted for fall 2013. For future terms we have four students expressing interest to enroll in winter 2014 and two for fall 2014.

A partnership was established with Governors State University (GSU) to create a dual degree program (DDP). The DDP assists students in the completion of their associate degree and then enables them to transfer seamlessly to GSU to complete their bachelor's degree. There have been 96 students this last academic year who have been accepted into the DDP. Once a student enrolls in the program, completes their associate’s degree at Moraine Valley and transfers to GSU, they will be able to take advantage of a number of program benefits, including the following:

  • Guaranteed Admission to GSU
  • Guaranteed Tuition Plan
  • GSU Promise Scholarships and Honor Scholarship
  • Special Advising
  • Peer Mentor Program

Admission representatives from universities have come to Moraine Valley’s campus to inform students of their programs, admission requirements and transfer opportunities. In addition, the Transfer Guides on the college website have been enhanced to include Transfer Agreements and Transfer Scholarships.

College/university visits on Moraine Valley campus, Blue Island Educational Center, and Southwest Education Center

Fall 2012:

  • 79 colleges
  • 103 visits

Spring 2013:

  • 81 colleges
  • 150 visits

Annual Transfer Fair, October 10, 2012

  • 47 colleges and universities represented
  • Approximately 372 students attended

Annual Private Illinois Colleges & Universities (PICU) Fair, February 20, 2013

  • 31 colleges and universities represented
  • Approximately 390 students attended (highest attendance rate in last five years)

R U Ready to Graduate/Transfer Events, 2nd & 3rd Semester Events
These events are held before graduation petitions are due in order to promote deadline dates and graduation applications. First piloted in spring 2012, academic advisors met with students on the Student Street to conduct degree audits and hand out petitions to those who are eligible to graduate. In addition, 4-year university representatives are invited to conduct on-the-spot instant admission decisions. As a result of some university policies, all participating universities have ended up waiving their application fees especially for this event. Students are able to petition for graduation, request transcripts, and apply to four-year universities all in a single day and in one location. Postcards are sent to currently enrolled students with 45 or more credit hours completed to invite them to attend the event.


  • 12 colleges and universities represented
  • 200 students met with university representatives
  • 35 students applied for university admission; 21 were accepted on the spot
  • Academic advisors met with 28 students; 13 successfully applied for graduation


  • 16 colleges and universities represented
  • 378 students met with university representatives
  • 52 students applied for university admission; 48 were accepted on the spot
  • Academic advisors met with 25 students; 10 successfully applied for graduation

Adult Transfer Night, Thursday, April 30, 2013

  • 16 colleges and universities are scheduled to attend (double the number from spring 2012)

2012-2013 Articulation Agreements

  • Articulation Agreements: Moraine currently has about 20 transfer/articulation agreements with other partner institutions. Most recently, the agreement with the Institute of Technology in Tralee, Ireland, has been renewed for the Bachelor in Business from Moraine Valley’s A.A.S. business-related degrees (Business Administration, Marketing and Management, and Human Resource Management). An agreement was also signed with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Several Articulation Agreements are in progress:

  • A.A.S. in Culinary Arts degree with the Art Institute, DePaul University, Dominican University, Kendall College, and Purdue University Calumet.
  • A.A.S. in Mechanical Design and Drafting with DeVry University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Purdue University Calumet.
  • Other articulation agreements are also being arranged with Trinity Christian College, Saint Xavier University and Resurrection University.

Outreach and recruitment this year included direct community outreach which targeted local area businesses, libraries, village halls, park districts and churches. The center also used its Facebook page to reach out and make students aware of services and classes offered, critical deadlines dates, academic workshop presentations, and other activities at the center and at the main campus. The center also reached out to potential students through participation at the Parent Open House, Student Life’s fall and spring fests, Hispanic College Fair, and the annual College Career Night. In addition, the center participated in the annual Blue Island TGIF picnic in the park. Lastly, the center gave admissions presentations, to the GED classes that are held at the center in an effort to ensure that these students were aware of all the programs and classes available that they can pursue once they have attained their GED. These various events provided an opportunity to reach out to many students at one time and give information and encourage enrollment. The Blue Island Education Center accounted for 7,168 credit hours enrolled this academic year. This is a 24.2% increase from last academic year.

  Credit Hours Enrolled at ECBI
FA 2012   3,548
SP 2013  3,620

The Center for Disability Services and Title III collaborated on an iPad project. Title III purchased 10 iPads that will be used in the CDS office during tutoring sessions to facilitate student learning, primarily in reading, math and English. Two workshops were held to support the training on the iPad, one for students – 8 attended, one for tutors – 5 attended. The various apps, in conjunction with the iPad, will facilitate specific learning and assistance depending on the need of the student.


  1. Pages app: teaches students to make corrections and adjustments to documents.
  2. Kahn Academy app: allows students to learn and brush up on any mathematical concept.
  3. Peek/Good Reader app: a fast way to help students memorize vocabulary list, paragraph text, and more.

Effective fall 2012, the CLC extended its services to the general community. The CLC website was revised to reflect this change, and notices were mailed out to the community, including local school district superintendents and principals. The CLC director was interviewed on the Meet with Moraine television show to promote the center and increase community awareness. CLC hosted a Director’s Network meeting/luncheon for local child care program directors. In December, CLC collected donations of toys and toiletries for a local shelter for abused and battered women and their children. Members of CLC have presented at local centers such as Penny Lane and Sandbox, as well as Saint Xavier University.


  • 733 students (29 percent increase from last year) voted in the Student Trustee Election
  • Approximately 20 students attended the SGA Meet and Greet with three candidates for Student Trustee that allowed them to ask questions and hear the candidates’ views and priorities
  • Approximately 140 units of blood were donated through two blood drives sponsored by Student Government Association
  • A Voter Registration Campaign was held where 385 students were registered to vote and nearly 300 students were recruited to work as Election Judges and Equipment Managers
  • 12 clubs participated in Rally the Vote to encourage students to vote
  • Combat to College hosted a Veterans Day Celebration including the Military Order of the Purple Heart Wall
  • Columbus Day Panel Discussion – MVSA and Phi Theta Kappa invited history professors (David Burns and Jim McIntyre) to discuss their trips
  • Relay for Life sponsored the Great American Smoke-Out to raise awareness
  • The Arab Student Union sponsored an Arab Comedy Show to show the lighter side of the culture
  • GLOW participated in World AIDS Day to clarify myths about the disease
  • Women Empowered hosted a “Girl Power – Big Sister/Little Sister” leadership program for TRiO Educational Talent Search students
  • The Glacier hosted the Illinois High School Association Journalism Sectional
  • 6 students attended Advocacy Day in Springfield to visit with state representatives
  • Many clubs held fundraisers to benefit the community
    • Phi Theta Kappa raised over $5,000 on St. Baldrick’s Day for childhood cancer research
    • Women Empowered raised over $300 for Constance Morris House/Pillars (focuses on service to homeless women and children) through the Frostbite Winter Bash
    • The Asian Diversity Club sponsored a Winter Coat Drive for Together We Cope
    • The Asian Diversity Club and Green Club collected pop can tops for the Ronald McDonald House
    • GLOW raised funds for the Trevor Project to support suicide prevention programs
    • Combat to College collected Toys for Tots to help the less fortunate in the community around the holidays
    • The Culinary Arts Club supported the Ronald McDonald House by donating holiday cupcakes
    • The Christian Fellowship Club gathered blankets and donated them to the homeless
    • The Alliance of Latin American Students sold cans of soda to raise money for Autism Speaks
    • The Arab Student Union sponsored a Trike-a-Thon with the Children’s Learning Center to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital
    • The Arab Student Union read to children in the Children’s Learning Center youngsters
    • International Student Ambassadors sponsored a panel discussion on “What’s it like to travel around the world: The student perspective”
    • Phi Theta Kappa collected used eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club
    • Relay for Life held the first relay on campus to support the American Cancer Society and raised over $10,000

The Counseling Center continues to offer Career Assessment 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 promoted the seminars on the cable access television show “Meet with Moraine.”

Counselors presented a workshop for high school students through the TRIO Upward Bound program on “Career Discovery and Career Research Resources.” The workshop helped community high school students gain a better understanding of their career interests, skills and values. It also introduced them to resources that provide salary, employment trends and other key information to help them choose a major and career path.

Counselors also presented at the ESL Friends Circle, an ESL support group at Moraine Valley, to give this population of community members information about the services the Counseling Center can offer them once they begin taking credit courses. The presentation detailed how the Counseling Center can help ESL students’ transition into college courses and achieve academic success.

In addition, counselors presented to 7th grade students from Veterans Memorial Middle School in Blue Island when they visited the college for a campus tour. The presentation helped the students learn more about the benefits of college degree completion, college preparation and academic success.

The Counseling Center, in conjunction with New Student Retention wrote and received a Moraine Valley Community College Foundation Faculty and Staff Innovation Grant for their Adult College Success Fair. The fair provided community adults the opportunity to learn more about the degree and certificate programs the college offers and helped them prepare for enrollment by offering career planning assistance, placement exam preparation, degree audits and help completing financial aid applications. The fair took place in summer 2013.

In partnership with the Admissions Office, Financial Aid staff presented financial aid information at Career Paths and Coffee Adult Information Sessions and Parent Open Houses. In addition, Financial Aid staff presented information at the Distinguished Scholar Night for high school students and their parents, to seniors at Evergreen Park High School, to WIA students at the Education Center in Blue Island, and assisted Illinois Student Assistance Commission staff in presenting financial aid information at Moraine Valley’s College Career Night.

Along with programs on campus, the Office of International Student Affairs manages the Moraine Valley Host Home Program. Our students and local community members, benefit and build global friendships through the International Host Home Program, which is celebrated its 23rd anniversary. Over 100 local community members participate annually and provide housing to our international students for short or longer terms. ISA staff consistently recruits new host families from the local community, and 10 new hosts/host families have joined the program this year. Currently, almost 80 international students live in the community host homes, and are gaining an important experience of American friendship and culture.

SEVIS—ISA continues to effectively perform all required and ongoing reporting to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and U.S. Department of Homeland Security within very strict deadlines. ISA seeks to ensure that all international students currently enrolled at Moraine Valley are in compliance with U.S. Immigration regulations for students on a visa, and efforts are made throughout the year to continue to remind and inform students. Regular training, reading and networking is conducted by ISA Designated School Officials for essential updating of immigration knowledge, changes, and issues to help maintain compliance on various federal regulations pertaining to students. ISA continues to provide accessible high quality community service handling complex inquiries from the community regarding visa issuance, English language learner and non-immigrant student enrollment at the college. ISA monitors students progress and will focus this year on new strategies and procedures to put attention on student success.

The Job Resource Center enhances community awareness, connections and partnerships by


  • Through various campus collaboration and outreach services, the Job Resource Center connected with over 850 constituencies to showcase the services and resources we provide to our students, alumni and community members.

Employer Relations/Employer Luncheon

  • The Job and Internship Fair and the pre-fair employer luncheon hosted 240 recruiters (fall and spring) to glean from their expertise about hiring trends and factors. The luncheon offered a venue for employer, staff and faculty dialogue about hiring trends. It enhances community awareness, connections and builds partnerships with local businesses, local, state, federal government agencies as well as faculty.
  • JRC joined with employers to launch a Career Mentor program and provided 6 mentorship opportunities for our students.
  • The Job Resource Center strengthened employer relations by establishing contact with 11,295 employers in order to increase job opportunities for students, alumni and community members

Collaboration with Corporate, Community and Continuing Education (CCCE)

  • JRC partnered with CCCE to provide professional clothing through Neat Repeats (a second-hand clothing store that helps a local women’s shelter) for job fair attendees dressed in non-business attire, therefore increasing the number of jobseekers attending the fair. This also increased the confidence of the 64 jobseekers who took advantage of this opportunity. JRC held a professional clothing drive and donated 172 articles of clothing.
  • Community Workshops

    • JRC provided 18 career workshops to over 87 community members. These workshops built confident individuals to return to the market place or into the classroom. This impacts recruitment if those community members and/or alumni are interested in returning to school, pursuing an alternative career path or enhancing their current skill sets with additional training.

    Dream Come True Project
    The Dream Come True Project is a community service project for low-income area high school seniors that provides free prom dresses for upcoming formal events. This project collaborates with the Celebrating Diversity Task Group to ensure the continuous support for low-income teens and their families. Forty-eight students from local high schools attended, and 74 free dresses were given away.

    Excellence in the Community Service Award
    Multicultural Student Affairs created the Excellence in the Community Service Award which gives recognition to local businesses that support students of color at Moraine Valley. In spring 2013, the recipient was the owner of Taquerias Atotonilco. Taquerias Atotonilco donated Mexican food for the Day of the Dead Buffet, a Hispanic heritage celebration event co-sponsored by Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) and MSA, for the third consecutive year. This buffet raised funds for ALAS to attend leadership conferences.

    High School Bridge Program

    Sessions Schools # of students
    6 8  101

    During the spring 2013 semester, the MSA/ELL Center held six high school bridge program sessions with eight neighboring community high schools including: A.A. Stagg, Sandburg, Reavis, Eisenhower, Richards, Shepard, and Oak Lawn. During these sessions, MSA/ELL Center reviewed the COMPASS placement testing, general education transfer assistance, scholarships and career program information.
    There were 101 student participants present (50 of whom were ELL students below senior level/51 were ELL high school seniors).
    Some high school counselors requested that their lower levels of ELL groups be introduced to college programs and services. Hence, fewer students could actually be considered as freshmen prospects for the summer and fall 2013 upcoming semesters.

    Semester Total # of Students Tested  # of students who took the COMPASS Test # of students who took the COMPASS/ESL Test
    Spring 2013 19  9 10

    These numbers could have been higher but since payment for placement testing now requires pre-payment, most high school counselors decided it would be too difficult to assist ELLs and their parents with online payment. Of course, students were instructed during bridge presentations on how to apply and pay for the placement test, but only 19 of the 51 high school senior students actually followed through. Letters were sent to these high school graduates to encourage them to begin the process with help from the ELL Center/MSA.

    Saint Xavier University Intern
    During spring 2013, Multicultural Student Affairs and the college’s Human Resources Office partnered with Saint Xavier University’s Foreign Language department to create an MSA internship. This internship provided two students from Saint Xavier University’s Spanish 300-Field Work course to complete their course requirements. Responsibilities included translation of marketing materials, interpretation for Spanish speaking students and families, research and advocacy.

    NSR was approved to receive an AmeriCorps VISTA grant in March 2012. The grant provided two VISTA volunteers to work at the college 40 hours per week. Our two VISTAs began their service in August and September of 2012, respectively. The volunteers created a veterans training manual for front-line staff and an online veterans resource manual. They also coordinated services provided by the many community organizations to meet the needs of student veterans, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    • New Student Retention and Veteran Services collaborated with the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs, community partners and external veterans organizations to bring the Mobile Veteran Center (MVC) to our campus in September 2012. The MVC provided both the students and the community an opportunity to directly access many vital services such as family counseling for military-related issues, housing benefits, employment referrals and other services provided for them by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
    • Also in September of 2012, Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, college president, along with 22 other institutional leaders, signed a “Valuing Veterans Pledge.” The pledge commits the institution to meeting a list of 10 goals and objectives that will enhance the services provided to our student veteran population. Moraine Valley has already met 8 of the 10 goals and objectives.
    • In collaboration with the student veteran’s organization (Combat to College), the Veteran Services office co-sponsored the college’s annual Veterans Day Celebration in November. The event was a huge success and over 100 students, staff and community members were in attendance. The event featured our president, Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, local VFW Commander giving a speech, the Military Order of Purple Heart Wall, and several veteran service organizations from the surrounding communities.
    • Orientation Newsletter booklets continue to be distributed to all full-time, first-time students during our new student orientation programs with information on resources activities and events.

    Outreach and recruitment this year included community outreach which targeted local businesses, libraries, village halls, park districts, and churches. The center also used its Facebook page to reach out to new and current students regarding classes offered, activities and general happenings at the center and Moraine Valley in general. Other methods to reach out to potential students included center participation in the community event, Orland Days, admissions presentations to GED classes offered at the center; the Parent Open House and Student Life’s fall fest. Recruitment activities also included participating in the area high school career and college fairs, assisting Admissions Office with high school admissions presentations and the participating in the annual College Career Night. These events provided an opportunity to reach out to many students at one time and give information on the center. The Southwest Center accounted for 6,304 credit hours this academic year.

      Credit Hours
    Enrolled at SWEC
    FA 2012 3,267
    SP 2013 3,037

    Testing Services expanded its association with Advocate Christ Medical Center-EMS Academy Paramedic Education Program to four sections of Paramedic classes which offers testing to over 120 candidates. Testing Services acts as an independent third party to administer nine modular exams, midterms and final written evaluations to assist the Medical Center-Paramedic Program in fulfilling their national certification requirements.

    Testing Services partnered with local high schools to evaluate their COMPASS preparation workshops/classes and to make recommendations on improvements.

    The coordinator of Placement was appointed to the ACT/COMPASS National Advisory Board to represent Moraine Valley and to give a perspective of community college needs regarding placement testing from a national need.

    For our high school participants, ETS offered campus visits to several colleges and universities including Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois, Aurora University, Benedictine University, Central State University, Kentucky State, and Columbia College. Participants from our high schools were also offered an ACT preparation class as well as financial aid workshops in conjunction with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

    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. Students attended the Youth Leadership Academy Symposium in Rockford and the ILAEOPP Student Leadership Conference in Springfield. TRiO students have visited colleges such as UIC, DePaul, and Northern Illinois University to obtain transfer information. Those students exhibiting need have been recipients of non-perishable food supplied by Project Care.

    The 2012-2013 year consisted of Upward Bound focusing on enhancing services during the Academic/Summer Enrichment Programs and continuous collaboration with other departments of Moraine Valley. The program over-achieved the goal of retention by being able to retain the 50 eligible students from the previous year due to implementing successful Academic and Summer Enrichment Programs and an additional 15 students for the new grant 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 (Share Your Soles/Chicago Marathon), and three college visits (MVCC/Illinois State University/Northern Illinois University). 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 was also 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, recreational activities and college/cultural field trips to Irons Oaks, Holocaust Museum, Northwestern Illinois University, Chicago Board of Trade, Money Museum, North Park University and Navy Pier. To complete the six weeks the students also participated in a week-long college/cultural tour to Washington D.C. where they participated in activities such as visits to Howard University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Pentagon, Changing of the Guard, Smithsonian Museums, Capitol Building, Library of Congress, Civil War Museum, Frederick Douglass Home, Arlington National Cemetery, and the NASA Goddard Center. Upward Bound also had continuous collaboration with other Moraine Valley departments because we understand that in order to provide students with a diverse curriculum, we must seek other resources and opportunities within the college. By doing this, we were able to continue to offer a Summer Bridge Program for our graduating seniors where they were able to receive college credit for completing the College 101 class. We were also able to collaborate with the Counseling Department, Job Resource Center and Multicultural Student Affairs on workshops for the students.


    On March 14, 2013, the college was a host for the National Hispanic College Fair. Admissions worked in partnership with The Career Council Inc. and National Hispanic College Fairs Inc. to promote higher education to Hispanic high school students. Admissions had 70 colleges and universities represented from around the country and bused in over 1,000 students. Admissions collected over 150 prospect cards at this event.

    The Athletics Department’s six teams each of men and women included students from 12 different countries representing a wide range of cultures and generations, including several returning adult student-athletes.

    Diversity efforts included assisting the Latino Outreach Committee by helping to determine interest for a citizenship class. Students taking ESL classes at the center were surveyed on their need to have a class offered. Fliers were developed and distributed to the students in the community which generated interest to offer the course. Once enough students had expressed interest in the citizenship class, it was added to schedule. Efforts resulted in all 30 tickets for registration in the class being distributed and a wait list being added. The first class began in spring 2013.
    Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in October with a salsa recipe and dancing demonstration. Through this activity, students were connected to personnel at the Blue Island site and Multicultural Student Affairs. Forty students attended this event.

       Hispanic Heritage Month Number of Participants
    FA 2012 Salsa Recipe Dancing Demo 40

    The Center for Disability Services provides academic support services and accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure accessibility to the college environment. Chart shows disability codes and the number of students.

    0100 Attention Deficit Disorder 68
    0200 Visually Impaired 15
    0300 Head Injury 10
    0400 Deaf/Hard of Hearing 29
    0600 Developmentally Impaired 11
    0700 Specific Learning Disabled 347
    0800 Orthopedically Impaired 27
    0900 Emotionally Disabled 99
    0902 Autism/Asperger's 32
    1100 Other Health Impaired 88
    1109 Epilepsy 8
        TOTAL: 652

    CLC has partnered with the Arab Student Union to provide the children monthly multicultural story-telling sessions. For the second-language component of the curriculum, in addition to Spanish, French is also offered.

    Several activities to promote diversity were offered, including the following:

    • GLOW sponsored National Coming Out Day
    • ALAS sponsored a piñata workshop to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Asian Diversity Club “Explored China Town” while celebrating the culture
    • Alliance of Latin American Students celebrated the Day of the Dead by remembering sustainability and green leaders
    • The International Women’s Club sponsored a screening of “Move” to raise awareness about the children affected by war in Africa
    • GLOW sponsored a No Name Calling Week to bring awareness to the issue
    • The Asian Diversity Club celebrated the Chinese New Year to promote awareness of the Asian culture
    • Arab Student Association celebrated Arab Heritage Month by discussing the current humanitarian/political crisis in Syria through “The Suffering Grasses”
    • The Muslim Student Association sponsored Islam Up Close for an in-depth look into the religion of Islam
    • The Muslim Student Association sponsored “Uncovering Why We Cover,” a panel discussion to educate about the hijab
    • The Arab Student Union, along with Women Empowered, sponsored a showing of “Salam Dunk,” a film about the Iraqi women’s basketball team to promote the culture of the Middle East and women’s rights
    • International Ambassadors sponsored A Global Experience where they presented on three countries and their cuisine
    • GLOW sponsored Day of Silence to honor those who have lost their voices to violence and bullying

    Counselors facilitated breakout sessions during the college’s 3rd Annual Diversity Dialogue entitled, “The Diversity Challenge: A Community Dialogue on Promoting Diversity and Leadership.” The community dialogue provided opportunities to translate conversations about diversity and inclusion into community actions.

    Counselors offered a workshop entitled “Understanding the Arab/Arab American Student Population” in conjunction with the office of Multicultural Student Affairs through the Center for Teaching and Learning. The workshop helped faculty and staff understand Arab American culture and how to better serve this student population.

    Sections of HDV-100 were offered specifically for veterans and students with disabilities. These sections were substitutes for College 101 and helped students learn time management, prioritization, stress management, and other college transition skills.

    The Financial Aid Office provides a comprehensive financial aid program to meet the immediate and long-term needs of a diverse population of students. Of the 7,952 students who received some type of financial assistance, 59 percent were female and 41 percent were male. Forty-six percent (46 percent) of the students were a minority based on ethnicity.

    In spring 2013, International Student Affairs presented a financial report documenting the significant economic benefits international students bring the college with almost $2 million in added tuition revenue annually after expenses. International students also contribute academically and culturally, as they participate in the classroom and are active in Student Life; local students enhance their global awareness and grow skills they need for increasingly global 21st century workplaces.

    ISA programs reflect the college’s commitment to diversity and emphasis is put on student engagement, student success and student participation in activities that foster intercultural understanding and friendship between international and U.S. students. ISA administers both the U.S./International Conversation Partners Program, which matches local students with internationals to facilitate socialization and friendship; and the International Student Ambassador Program, a leadership program to encourage campus participation. Both programs have grown consistently each semester, and in spring 2013, over 90 matched Conversation Partners are meeting for conversation and friendship and the ISA Ambassadors have a group of 20 students planning and encouraging interaction with others.

    ISA sponsors many events on campus and contributes to the Celebrating Diversity initiatives. This semester, we hosted the “International Student Panel,” in which international students answered questions from local students and faculty about their experiences in the U.S.; “A Global Experience” student presented food and culture event; and numerous cultural parties. ISA also offers field trips for students to experience U.S. culture such as visiting an Illinois farm, soccer game, Thanksgiving homestay, ice skating, art museum, shopping trip to outlet mall, downtown and ethnic markets, and most recently a winning Chicago Bulls game excursion. Additionally, ISA offers regular workshops about legal employment options, income tax requirements, and preparing to transfer.

    The Job Resource Center embraces diversity by:

    • JRC facilitated specialized job-related workshops for International Student Affairs, ESL, Student Life, Veterans and Disability Services. JRC facilitated eight career-related workshops for international and ESL students regarding student employment, resumes and “American-style” interviewing.
    • This semester, the JRC partnered with Beating Odds Shattering Stereotypes (B.O.S.S.). This is a mentoring program designed for black males. The goal of the program is to help black males to successfully navigate and graduate from Moraine Valley. The goal behind the JRC partnering with BOSS is to give the students the necessary tools they will need to prepare for, secure and maintain employment once they leave Moraine Valley. The JRC hosts a Showcase, Job and Internship Fair, and numerous other events. The gentlemen from BOSS dressed in professional attire and helped get the word out about the fair, and then at the fair the gentlemen assisted the employers with locating their tables and setting up. This allowed the student to have one-on-one networking opportunities with the employer, which enhances their professional conversation and knowledge of speaking to employers.

    Non-Traditional Careers:

    • The Job Resource Center hosted a Non-Traditional Career Panel highlighting various individuals working in non-traditional careers. This event provided 54 participants the chance to glean knowledge from 5 panelists who have overcome barriers, broken stereotypes and excelled in their careers. This panel was done in collaboration with faculty teaching sociology and College 101 classes who were invited to bring their students.
    • The Job Resource Center took 13 students to Northern Illinois University to participate in STEMfest 2012. STEMfest was designed to bring awareness of how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields play a major role in the advancement of our world. Those who attended noted that they were able to learn new things about science, technology, engineering and math, and stated STEMfest opened their eyes to different careers. Additionally, the majority of students stated that STEMfest helped them think about where they would like to transfer after completing their education at Moraine Valley.

    Our office met twice with representatives from the Arab American Family Services (AAFS) in Bridgeview, IL. AAFS is seeking partnership with the college’s student veterans in efforts to foster a better relationship between military veterans and Arab Americans. The proposed project would create a tutoring program for student veterans to provide tutoring services for Arab American elementary school students.

    To ensure that all full-time, first-time students are introduced to diverse topic and issues the College 101 course assessment requires students to write a two page paper on diversity. The students also are encouraged to attend diversity programs and events outside of classroom activities.

    The office of NSR continues to provide each instructor of College 101 training and course information on seminars and workshops that deal with issues of diversity and requests the instructors to strongly encourage students to attend. In addition, the office of NSR has purchased multiple resources (books, DVDs, and games) to provide a variety of ways for instructors to facilitate sessions on diversity in College 101 classrooms.

    Celebrating Diversity Task Group
    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 Heritage, Arab Heritage, Black History, Women’s History, Asian History, Italian Heritage, Indian and Greek Heritage. The events consisted of movies, lectures, documentaries, music, food, crafts, short plays, and a comedy show.


    • During the spring 2013 semester, Multicultural Student Affairs co-hosted the National Hispanic College Fair with the Admissions Office. The National Hispanic College Fair hosted over 1,000 high school students. Multicultural Student Affairs served 124 Latino students during the fair, and 71 out of the 124 students applied for admission to Moraine Valley.
    • Multicultural Student Affairs took 6 Alliance of Latin American Students to the Illinois Latino Association for Continuing Higher Education conference at Northeastern Illinois University.

    Professional Development
    The coordinator of Minority Student Achievement provided presentations to faculty and staff on issues that concern students of color on campus. Workshops were conducted through the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Advising professional development meetings. The workshops provided included:

    • Latino Students: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
    • Dream Relief: Undocumented Students
    • Autism Speaks U: Alliance of Latin-American Students

    Partnered with the Multicultural Student Affairs/English Language Learners Center to administer the COMPASS/ESL placement tests to ESL students in the High School Bridge Program.

    The services provided to the ETS middle school participants during 2012-13 included over 200 hours of after-school tutoring at our five target middle schools. In addition, ETS provided cultural enrichment trips to the DuSable Museum, Holocaust Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and the Chinese Cultural Center in Chinatown, Chicago. Our middle school participants were also exposed to Moraine Valley’s main campus for several events, including Fall Fest, Spring Fest, and the Taste of Moraine.

    The TRIO Student Support Services program is in its 12th 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.


    The online application has been modified and additional fields added in order for the college to collect more relevant data.

    In April 2013, the new photo identification system was implemented and is operational on the main campus as well as at the Education Center at Blue Island and Southwest Education Center campuses. Students and staff members are required to obtain new photo identification cards during the academic year. The new system allows greater capacity and is compatible with Colleague.

    Last year, an initiative was created as an intentional, intrusive academic advising and counseling strategy to improve the success of developmental students. This initiative continued for this year. 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 had also developed and organized a separate orientation for students who tested into Reading 041 and 071. The office of New Student Retention this past year directed students who tested into the two lowest reading levels into this specialized orientation. Through this last fiscal year, there were 11 sessions’ offered and 108 students attended one of these sessions.

    Another effort by advisors and counselors was to reach out to part time students, who are defined as at-risk students, with Part-Time Educational Planning Sessions. There were 12 sessions offered, and 67 students took advantage of this opportunity. These ongoing initiatives will be continued for the future.

    The Athletics Department recruits future student athletes through its high school basketball tournaments, All-Star games and summer camps to showcase the college 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.

    The Athletics Department, in collaborating with Learning Enrichment and College Readiness, Speaking and Writing Center, and the Tutoring Center, piloted a new tutoring program for student-athletes. This program provides tutoring for at-risk students enrolled in one or more developmental education classes. This program was a small initiative that targeted 20 student-athletes this academic year. It has earned its way to being a fixture in the Athletics Department.

    To assist staff in recognizing and coping with professional and personal stressors, CLC participated in a “Team Building in the Work Place,” workshop. A member of CLC attended the National Association for Mental Illness children’s mental health conference, held on campus last fall.

    Counselors received professional development through a number of workshops and webinars. They attended two training sessions offered by the Illinois Higher Education Center. The trainings on Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and Intent and Motivation: Alcohol Group Exercise (IMAGE) helped counselors gain skills in providing interventions to prevent alcohol abuse among students. Counselors also received specialty training in the clinical foundations of college counseling, student development theory in college counseling and outreach programming in college counseling through the American College Counseling Association. Finally, counselors attended webinars on motivational interviewing and managing psychotic, manic and delusional students. All of this training and information provided counselors with valuable resources to better serve students.
    The Counseling Center revised the master course outline for HDV-111, Career Planning course. Preparation for piloting the new curriculum is in progress. Student learning in the course will be assessed. Counselors are also in the process of revising the master course outline for HDV-100, Human Potentials course.

    The Financial Aid Office continued to research the use of document imaging to improve efficiency and timely packaging of student applications for local, state, and federal student aid applications.

    In the spirit of continuous improvement, the veterans services area of our office is excited to be in the production phase of the launch of our new “Virtual Veterans Center.” The VVC will serve as a “one-stop shop” to meet the needs of our veterans at home and abroad. The center will include a new online veterans orientation, online tutoring, as well as internal and external resources.

    Moraine Valley was requested to participate in the Military Articulation Initiative pilot program in partnership with Joliet Junior College, Southwestern Illinois College, Kaskaskia College, College of DuPage, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ICCB, IBHE, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense, Dantes, and U-Select. The project is to ensure that veteran and military students are granted the appropriate academic credit for the education, skills and experience they have earned in the military service. This effort aligns national, state and institutional goals to increase the rate of college completion among military and veteran students.

    The Registration and Records office continues to research self-service processes to enhance efficiency and timeliness of petitions to graduate, transcript and verification requests for the student population. The office continually assesses timely processing of dual credit and Cook County Sheriff's Academy registration processes.

    The Title III tracking specialist worked with programs that serve at-risk students to track services provided and outcomes using the college’s Ellucian system. By grouping the students into "campus organizations," programs can extract student success data on specific student populations, generate reports to track student course completion and success rates, GPA, credits completed, credits attempted, retention and persistence rates. The system can also be used to communicate with at-risk students by facilitating the creation of correspondence to be sent students in a particular group.


    Admissions staff have used Ellucian to track applicants through the enrollment process. 8,000 applicants received post cards to encourage enrollment through the use of Ellucian. Ellucian was also used to track these enrollments.

    From July 1, 2012, through the June 30, 2013, the academic advisors met with 22,389 students (duplicated head count). Of this number, 906 were priority appointments while the rest were walk-in students.

    To assist our continuing students to enroll in the course associated with their intended degree and certificate completion, a priority advising initiative was continued for students based on the college credit hours completed. This procedure has not only assisted students to better plan prior to their priority registration dates, but it has also alleviated some of the long wait times associated with students coming in at the end of the semester. This past year, 814 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 College 101 Educational Planning Sessions (EPS) class session. Academic advisors offered 24 structured make-up sessions for students. These sessions were offered in group advising sessions and are reflected in the College 101 EPS numbers listed above.

    In addition to offering walk-in assistance; an appointment schedule has been implemented to help manage the increasing number of students requesting assistance at the center. The appointment schedule helps reduce wait times, encourages student preparedness, and allows for more structured and productive meetings.

    The Center for Disability Services provides academic support services and accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure accessibility to the college environment. The chart shows the disability code and the number of students for fall 2012 and spring 2013.

     FALL 2012

    0100 ADHD    65
    0200 Blind/Low Vision     9
    0300 Acquired Brain Injury     4
    0400 Deaf/Hard of Hearing    23
    0600 Developmental Delay    10
    0700 Specific Learning Disabled 278
    0800 Mobility Impairment    11
    0900 Psychological Disability    57
    0902 Asperger’s    38
    1100 Systemic/Chronic Health    67
    1109 Seizure Disorder      6
        TOTAL: 568

    SPRING 2013

    0100 ADHD    58
    0200 Blind/Low Vision     9
    0300 Acquired Brain Injury     5
    0400 Deaf/Hard of Hearing    19
    0600 Developmental Delay     9
    0700 Specific Learning Disabled 251
    0800 Mobility Impairment    12
    0900 Psychological Disability    44
    0902 Asperger’s    35
    1100 Systemic/Chronic Health    59
    1109 Seizure Disorder     5
        TOTAL: 500

    CLC installed and implemented a revised version of its family and student data collection software, EZ Care2. The new system allows the input more specific data, thus generating very detailed reports. In addition to its standard child care services, effective summer 2013, CLC offered a summer camp option for children 2–8 years old. The camp was open to all children (student, staff, and community) with varying schedules and payment options.


    • Created organizational components in Colleague to manage student club data
    • Created a mission, vision, core values statement, and learning/programmatic outcomes for the Code of Conduct Office
    • Conducted major revisions to the Code of Student Conduct
    • Utilized the National Assessment of Student Conduct Adjudication Processes (NASCAP) project to assess learning and programmatic outcomes of our student conduct process

    One new part-time counselor was hired this year to help the Counseling Center serve the growing student population. The addition of a master’s level intern for the school year helped the Counseling Center serve additional students at no cost to the college.

    To serve the growing financial aid applicants, the Financial Aid Office hired an additional full-time expeditor. The office also provided overtime hours for permanent staff in order to complete verification as quickly as possible.

    New IELP Student Orientations
    Every semester, the ELL Center creates new IELP Student Orientations that assist new resident IELP students to understand the IELP sequence, services and resources available to them at Moraine Valley. As a result, there has been an increase in the amount of resident IELP students that take the COMPASS/ESL exam and move on to participate in new IELP Student Orientation.

    During the fall 2012 semester, 69% of students who took the COMPASS/ESL exam participated in new IELP Student Orientation.

    In the spring 2013 semester, the percent of students that took the COMPASS/ESL exam increased to 85% of students who attended new IELP Student Orientation.

    During the summer 2013 semester, student attendance generally decreases, yet 60 percent of students returned to participate in new IELP Student Orientation. This number will increase for the fall 2013 semester as new IELP Student Orientation is still occurring with 62 percent of students who took the COMPASS/ESL exam attended new IELP Student Orientation thus far.

    New ELL Student Orientation # of orientations held *Total # of New IELP Students # of New IELP students attended
    Fall 2012 15  63 44
    Spring 2013 10  48 41
    Summer 2013 10 25 15
    FALL 2013  20 40 25

    *Total # of students that have taken the COMPASS/ESL test and have attended orientation thus far.

    Returning IELP Students Retention Rates

    IELP Student Count Total # of Students % Students retained
    Fall 2012 100% 122 100%
    Spring 2013 164 100%
    Summer 2013 26 15%

    Retention rates of IELP students for the following semester:

    One hundred percent of our fall 2012 IEL students were retained to spring 2013 with a 74 percent increase and 42 new students. As student attendance generally decreases for the summer term, 15 percent of spring 2013 students returned to take classes in the summer 2013 semester.

    Transition Pathway Program: IELP to General Education
    The MSA/ELL office wishes to address the low levels of completion among ELL students. The MSA/ELL office has implemented a pre and post-test for the IELP to general education orientation, a new program with the MSA/ELL office. Once the results are collected, the office collaborated with the assessment director to address the areas of deficiency and created a plan for improvement based on the results.

    The Transition Pathway Program serves and assists ELL students, who have reached or will reach level three in the IEL program, in determining their educational plan after completing IELP and explore incorporating foreign degree course work. These sessions provide level-three IELP students clarification on G.P.A. standards, how to prepare for COM-101 enrollment, and key resources that will encourage English language learners to continue their educational endeavors after IELP.

    Spring 2013
    IELP to General Education Sessions were piloted at the beginning of May
    3 Sessions

    Total students contacted 19
    Total Participation 9= 47% Participation Rate
    Average G.P.A. of Cohort  3.2
    Sp13 Full-time Status 8/19= 42%
    Sp13 Part-time Status 11/19= 57%
    Retention Sp13-Su13 3/19= 15%
    Retention Sp13-Fa13 9/19=47%
    • An organizational component in Colleague was created to manage/track MSA/ELL Center student data and services. MSA will target a larger number of IELP students.

    The College 101 Task Force which is comprised of full-time instructors, deans, and counselors meets on a monthly basis to look at curricular issues, course effectiveness, and content for continuous improvement for course content programming and services. This year the college’s instructional designer was asked to join the group. This will enable the group to create new and innovative courses.

    In fall 2012 in collaboration with the Information Technology subdivision, veteran services area created a campus organization module in Colleague for student veterans. This module will provide vital information and communication to our growing student veteran population. In addition, through this module, the veterans coordinator will be able to request pertinent student data to analyze trends and relationships with regard to student retention, academic success and program effectiveness.

    In response to the varied issues and concerns of the student veteran population, the veterans services area of New Student Retention has formed memberships on several regional and state wide organizations that have formed committees to address the concerns of veterans in higher education. The committees include Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, American Council on Education, South Metropolitan Higher Education Council, Illinois Joining Forces Consortium and the Illinois Department of Veterans. The committees meet quarterly or as needed and are comprised of colleges, universities, state agency representatives, and veteran service organizations.

    In addition to offering walk-in assistance, an appointment schedule has been implemented to help manage the increasing number of students requesting assistance at the center. The appointment schedule helps reduce wait times, encourages student preparedness and allows for more structured and productive meetings.

    Testing Services continues to expand its online testing services to the MVCC student. This past year we went from five developmental math sections to seven and have added all the Biology 111 sections, four History, three Psychology and four sections of Economics to an online Blackboard option.

    College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been moved to a new platform of being an Internet-based testing format which allows the student more flexibility to preregister and schedule themselves for testing times and dates.

    In the conclusion of the program year, Upward Bound successfully over-achieved our goal of enrolling at least 88% of our graduating seniors into a program of post-secondary education.
    Students were enrolled in colleges such as Moraine Valley, Northeastern Illinois University, Alabama A&M, Elmhurst College, SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville. We also over-achieved our goal of post-secondary persistence by having 71 percent of the Upward Bound graduates who enrolled in college for their freshman year, also enrolled for their sophomore year. All of our goals were attained with the support of all departments and staff of Moraine Valley.

    Looking Ahead—Plans for the Year 2013-4


    • Develop and implement an assessment cycle to determine the effectiveness of the Academic Advising Syllabus and the impact of this tool on student success.


    • Create more interactive instructions for transfer students to access transfer and articulation information while collaborating with academic advising information and resources.
    • Continue to hold more major career-specific transfer fairs/events to most effectively reach targeted groups of students across our campus.


    • 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.
    • Athlete alumni are invited on campus to be motivational speakers to all current athletes.

    The Student Development offices off campus are looking to add a student service link on the center’s website which will detail services offered at the center. This is an effort to raise awareness about available services at the center. In addition, we will be developing a short video that will be used as a recruitment and informational tool to make prospective and current students aware of the center, classes offered and student services available. The Blue Island Center also plans to have an Open House recruitment event.

    CDS will create a mandatory college informational session for parents of incoming students.

    In collaboration with the Honors Program, CLC will fully incorporate aspects of STEM in the preschool curriculum. In collaboration with Counseling, CLC will host parenting workshops specifically targeting student parents.

    Assess a learning outcome that has been determined by the Code of Conduct Office: Each student who participates in the student conduct process will be able to explain the student conduct process and his/her charges and sanctions.

    The Counseling department will develop and implement a tracking system and assessment tool to assess academic progress, students’ knowledge of college policies affecting academic standing and quality of student experience for SOAP students attending an Academic Success Workshop.


    • The Admissions office will develop an adult admissions newsletter to be sent to prospects in database. The focus will be on providing relevant information and drive target markets to the adult success page of website.
    • Southwest Education Center will implement a project to promote student life organizations, clubs, and student development resources to students during the fall and spring semesters. The name of the event will be Southwest Center Club and Resources Fair.


    • The college is investigating the use of an integrated document imaging system to streamline the access of student data, expedite the workflow of assignments, and offer high quality services, which are accessible, accurate, clear and timely, to our students and prospective students.
    • The office is also researching to potentially utilize a financial aid processing and consulting firm to assist in the verification of financial aid files due to the large increase of financial aid applicants.

    Increase our international student recruitment efforts to engage in new target markets, generate new agent and college/university partnerships and increase student enrollments.


    • Continue to enhance technological support systems that will improve service delivery and increase accessibility for people with disabilities, distance learners, as well as international and ESL students regarding career-related, and job search information with the goal of raising retention and completion rates.
    • Assess the services of the Internship Program to increase student participation, especially for students of color, with the goal of increasing retention and completion rates at the college.

    Expand the Intensive English Language (IEL) to general education orientation. This initiative will support English Language Learner students transitioning from the IEL program to general education courses. The transition orientation will serve as a recruitment and retention tool for students looking to continue their education but who are unsure of their next steps.

    Create a Veterans Center to provide a “one-stop shop” for all veterans-related services.

    The Student Development office off campus will add a student development link on the center’s website which will detail services offered. This is an effort to raise awareness about services available at the center. In addition, a short video will be developed that will be used as a recruitment and informational tool to make prospective and current students aware of the center, the classes offered and student services available.


    • Through the National Grant Learning Challenge, collaborate with the New Student Retention department 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.


    • Continue to increase the number of students taking the Internet-Based Test, College-Level Examination Program test, and receiving college transferrable credit based upon Prior Learning Assessment.
    • Continue to expand the online Blackboard testing option for all faculty.


    • 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 develop a consistent evaluation system/plan for Upward Bound services.

    Student Development Division Departments-at-a-Glance

    Academic Advising Center
    Blue Island Education Center
    Center for Disability Services
    Children’s Learning Center
    Code of Conduct and Student Life
    Counseling and Career Development Center
    Financial Aid
    International Student Affairs
    Job Resource Center
    Multicultural Student Affairs
    New Student Retention
    Photo ID
    Southwest Education Center
    Student Success Interventions
    Testing Center
    Transfer Information and Articulation
    TRIO Educational Talent Search
    TRIO Student Support Services
    TRIO Upward Bound

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