U.S. Department of Education Title III

Student Success and Entry Pathway

Amount of funding and length of grant: $1,961,566 over 5 years

Grant Dates: October 2012 – September 2017

By 2017, Renton Technical College will measurably increase both student academic success, engagement and satisfaction and the fiscal sustainability of the institution, by: (1) establishing a comprehensive, integrated Student Entry and Success Pathway; and (2) progressively increasing the number of students participating and completing this pathway, as well as the number of participants persisting to completion or through their first 45 credits.

The Student Success and Entry Pathway will result in a college much better able to serve the high percentage of low income, low skilled adults who make up the RTC community. Over the five-year grant period, the RTC will maximize engagement and success of new students by: adopting a comprehensive Developmental Advising system; supporting intentional student career and academic planning; implementing early warning systems for intervention when students are struggling  academically; making registration and advising and the financial aid process easier to understand and access; establishing clear, consistent assessment and placement protocols that include a pre-college quarter for those who need college success, computer literacy, reading, writing or math support to create structures that get more students off to a strong start.

Redesigning services based on the proactive and holistic Developmental Advising model so that students receive timely front-end services (e.g., orientation, advising, financial aid rules, financial literacy, career assessment etc.) will reduce the need for later intervention. Developing online and in-person learning modules for successful personal responsibility; financial literacy; degree, career and life planning; college success; and a graduated system of interventions for struggling students will create flexible, just-in-time access to crucial information and needed support for students. Implementing these changes will help more first-year students succeed in achieving their academic and career goals.


Title III Mini Grants

While the Title III Project Team is addressing a number of major tasks through the execution of federally approved initiatives, Renton Technical College recognizes that faculty and staff have innovative ideas for improving the student entry and success pathway. Mini grant funding provides faculty and staff with access to resources not otherwise available to engage in unique projects aimed at improving activities and outcomes at RTC.

Through the Title III Student Entry and Success Pathway grant, funds are available to sponsor RTC faculty and staff-driven, project-based initiatives that address one of the key grant components:

1. Student Engagement in the Entry Process

This component focuses on enhancing the student entry experience, as measured by enrollment of full-time degree-seeking students, first quarter and first year student success, participation in an intrusive admissions and advising model, new student orientation, and academic early alert.

2. Student Retention and Persistence

This component focuses on levels of academic persistence and student success at RTC, as measured by year-to-year retention, second year success, and graduation rates.

An internal mini grant competition is held annually at RTC. On average, the College looks to fund up to five proposals between $500 and $2,500 per funded proposal.

For more information on Title III mini grants or inquiries about the Title III grant, please contact:

Michelle Campbell
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
mcampbell@rtc.edu
(425) 235-2352 ext. 2085


Press links:

http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/170244696.html

http://patch.com/washington/renton/u-s-department-of-education-awards-rtc-with-2m-grant


Awarded Title III Mini Grant Projects


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