The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) has selected seven community colleges to participate in the 2021 Caring Campus Initiative - Faculty.
Generous support from the Ascendium Education Group has made possible the inclusion of these colleges, whose programs will be focusing on Caring Campus and faculty. Three institutions, which are part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, join the Caring Campus initiative, focusing on faculty and their role in the classroom and beyond in increasing student success. Four additional colleges will embark on Caring Campus-Faculty having previously completed and implemented Caring Campus-Staff in 2020.
The objective of Caring Campus is to increase student retention, success and completion in community colleges by creating and cultivating Caring Campus environments through intentional behaviors by faculty and staff to improve students' sense of welcome, caring and connectedness to the college.
Research has documented that students leave college because they do not feel connected to the institution (e.g., Leaving College by Tinto, 1993; Relationship-Rich Education by Felten & Lambert, 2020)). Caring Campus recognizes and leverages the value of connectedness to increase the likelihood that students will continue towards, and succeed in attaining, their educational goals.
As limitations on in-person classes continue due to the coronavirus pandemic, providing student support under the Caring Campus model, which has been adjusted for the virtual delivery of instruction and student services, has become a vital tool in increasing retention and student success.
"We hear a lot about meeting students where they are at," said IEBC President and CEO Brad Phillips. "Caring Campus supports colleges in engaging in specific behaviors to accomplish this in real and meaningful ways. Through this work, Caring Campus also is closing achievement gaps."
Community colleges new to the program are:
Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL
Olive-Harvey College, Chicago, IL
Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, IL
Community colleges continuing with the program and now adding the faculty component are:
Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ
San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX
Stark State College, North Canton, OH
West Valley College, Saratoga, CA