GTCC TO PRESENT AT DREAM CONFERENCE FEB. 24-27 Annual conference features best practices for student success

JAMESTOWN, N.C. – Three faculty and staff members from Guilford Technical Community College will give presentations at DREAM 2014: The Achieving the Dream Annual Institute on Student Success Feb. 24-27 in Orlando, Fla. Achieving the Dream ( is a national reform network dedicated to community college student success and completion. GTCC is one of its leader colleges.

Representing GTCC at the conference will be: Kristi Short, implementation director for Completion by Design, a five-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative that works with community colleges to increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under 26; Clark Wright, research associate for Completion by Design; and Tim Boyd, research associate for Walmart PRESS (Persistence, Retention and Student Success) for Completion, a competitive grant program funded by the Walmart Foundation and administered by Achieving the Dream to address a common community college reform challenge: engaging full-time and adjunct faculty in student success efforts.

This year more than 1,600 participants will attend the Achieving the Dream conference to share and discuss methods to increase student success. Short, Wright and Boyd will present, "Using Multiple Measures to Predict Academic Success through Remediation: HSGPA, Motivation and You." The presentation will outline a research study conducted at GTCC that suggests a multiple measures approach to remedial (developmental) placement. The study shows that the inclusion of previous success (in the form of high school GPA) and motivation alongside placement testing makes for more accurate, less error-prone remedial placement.

In addition, Short will co-present on the following topics:

·      Pre-Conference Workshop: "Connecting the Dots: A Public School System, the Local Community College and a State University Work Together to Enhance Student Success" - The Early College High School model advocated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seems particularly beneficial to low-income students. The showcase community for this concept appears to be in Greensboro, N.C. where the high schools are located on college campuses. Not only does Achieving the Dream leader college, GTCC, have early college high schools on three of its campuses, but also a local four-year institution, North Carolina A&T State University, has two such programs located on its campus. The session will identify the steps taken to create a coordinated approach so that the local school system, GTCC and N.C. A&T work in harmony to provide lower cost/high quality educational experiences for students. (Co-presenters: William Harvey, dean of the School of Education, N.C. A&T; Stacey Alston, principal, STEM Early College at N.C. A&T; Marcus Gause, the Middle College at N.C. A&T; Tony Habit, president, North Carolina New Schools)

·      “Accelerating Developmental Students into Programs of Study: Making Headway in North Carolina” - As determined by standard placement tests, most students who enroll in a community college require at least one developmental education course. However, developmental education has been identified as a loss point and a barrier to program entry. In order to provide students with necessary foundational knowledge and support while accelerating their progression into programs of study, North Carolina has made major changes in developmental education. (Co-presenters: Cynthia  Liston, associate vice president, North Carolina Community College System Office; Daniel  Price, mathematics instructor and implementation director, Completion by Design, Martin Community College; Laura  Kalbaugh, dean of Academic Success and Transition Resources, Wake Technical Community College)

·      "Strengthening Transfer Pathways: Tips and Tools for Faculty Engagement" - Most community college students want a bachelor's degree, yet only one in five transfers to a four-year institution. Colleges are redesigning academic programs and student services to create more structured paths designed to guide students to transfer with junior standing in their major and earn an associate degree on the way. This workshop will be led by a team that has worked with colleges across the country to strengthen transfer pathways. (Co-presenters: Davis Jenkins, senior research associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University; Alison Kadlec, senior vice president, director of public engagement programs, director of Center for Advances in Public Engagement, Public Agenda; Isaac Rowlett, senior public engagement associate, Public Agenda).
Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at

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