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TCC Announces ‘Clearing the Pathway: The Campaign for Excellence’ at Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner

HAPPY STUDENTS: These two TCC students are attending college with the help of a scholarship established for student leaders in the True Blue Leads program.

Photo courtesy TCC

TCC announced Clearing the Pathway: The Campaign for Completion at the recent Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner. One of the goals of the campaign removes navigational barriers by funding 22 new academic advisor positions and 10 answer center advisors for five years. While TCC just went public with the campaign, those 22 new academic advisors have already been hired and will be a critical piece this fall as students enroll for next semester.

Increasing the number of academic advisors has been a multi-year initiative at TCC as part of the Pathways Program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and through the American Association of Community Colleges. While TCC has made tremendous progress in reducing the ratio of students to academic advisor over the past four years by prioritizing, reassigning other positions, and making cuts in other areas, the campaign is certainly a big piece. With the campaign’s help, TCC was able to get to a student-to-academic advisor ratio of 350-to-1 from the high of 1,044-to-1 in 2014 (prior to any initiative work with Pathways).

Academic advising provides additional support and resources. It means more students getting into the right classes to earn a degree – saving time and money and national research shows it helps increase the graduation rate.

•Academic Advising student contacts: 35,143 in March through July 2017 to 50,943 in March through July 2018.
• 12 percent of undecided students moving into a specific degree-seeking major.
• Allows TCC to move away from walk-in advising to an appointment-based model giving students dedicated time with their advisor to do in-depth planning and discussion about careers and options available.

Updated 10-15-2018

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