The Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus has designed the project entitled: Active Learning Center of Excellence (ALCE): Increasing Student Retention, Success and Graduation Rates for Hispanic Students in Puerto Rico, with the purpose to address deficiencies in programs that have the greatest impact on the success of underprepared students. The main goal is the development of a comprehensive Active Learning Center of Excellence that will be charged with coordinating the MC developmental education program.
In addition, the project proposes the development of improved articulation agreements with feeder high schools to align their Math and English basic skills (BS) with college level coursework. Specific problems will be addressed systematically – following recommendations from an internal task force based upon researched best practices, student input, and community needs – using the following strategies:
(1) developing outreach methods to better prepare high school graduates for college enrollment
(2) addressing identified problems with assessment and curriculum
(3) integrating more comprehensive and responsive student support services with instruction
(4) implementing an adaptive learning software program for Development Education (DE) that offers anytime-anywhere engagement
MC instructors will be engaged fully in developing learning outcomes, new and redesigned DE courses, alternative delivery systems (online and hybrid courses) and valid assessments to improve the effectiveness of their courses with nontraditional underprepared students.
Counselors will work with faculty in cross-functional teams to integrate support services and instruction following best practice. MC proposes also a well-designed Financial Literacy program designed to decrease student loan debt and maximize financial benefits. All these components are necessary for an effective program according to national research and will be added and fully integrated into the project following best practices.
Measurable outcomes: Summative component outcomes include: 1) Training 100% of all BS faculty in learning outcomes, technology integration, and online teaching methods; 2) Increasing the success rates in DE courses by 10%; 3) Increasing the enrollment rate of DE gradates to upper-level courses to 70% and 4) Reduce student financial debt upon graduation by 10%.