Connection and Caring Beyond the Holidays
However you celebrate the holiday season, connection and caring are universal to making our holidays merry and bright.
Connections are at the core of IEBC's recent work to improve community college student outcomes. Colleges implementing our Bright Spots Advantage program working with faculty have seen increases in course retention and success, term-to-term persistence and completion, and closing performance gaps among traditionally underperforming students - all by focusing on simple behaviors developed by faculty that increase faculty connections to students. These connections increase a student's motivation to succeed - because someone cared enough to make a connection - and that motivation comes with increased success.
Our Caring Campus program focuses on staff, ensuring a campus wide effort at all levels for boosting student retention and success rates. With our new Caring Campus California initiative, California community colleges are enthusiastically embracing IEBC's approach. We look forward to bringing this program to many more campuses in 2019.
Each of these programs, Caring Campus, Caring Campus California, and Bright Spots, can slow or reverse budget losses as retention and persistent rates rise. After all, it is easier to keep the students we have than attempt to recruit new students.