The Center was funded in 2010 through a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation with the goals of identifying and promoting best practices and policies that help students continue their studies and complete a certificate or degree. The Center has been instrumental in garnering grant funding for student success projects.
Pathways to Accelerated Completion and Employment (PACE) The AATYC Center for Student Success, in partnership with NorthWest Arkansas Community College, acquired a $14.7 million grant from the US Department of Labor. The grant funds the PACE program and includes all Arkansas two-year colleges. PACE’s goals include developmental education reform, curriculum reform and enhancement of academic advising and student development through the use of technology.
Kresge Student Success Grant The AATYC Center for Student Success received a $650,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to support student success efforts. The Center will utilize the funds for developmental education faculty training, evaluation of pilot programs and improvement of data and research capacities at two-year colleges. All two-year colleges in the state are collaborative partners.
Complete College America Five two-year colleges and three universities were granted $1 million to participate in a Complete College America program aimed at improving college completion and closing attainment gaps for underrepresented populations. Participating two-year colleges include Arkansas State University-Beebe, Arkansas Northeastern College, North Arkansas College and Southern Arkansas University-Tech. The grant is managed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Achieving the Dream Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas and Pulaski Technical College were named Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges. Both institutions demonstrated commitment to and made progress on the four principles of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. They have also shown three years of sustained student success improvement. Funding for Arkansas participation in Achieving the Dream comes from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
For more information on two-year college student success initiatives, please contact:
Mike leach, Director of Center for Student Success