Title III Mini Grant Awardees, Winter 2016

In March 2016, four mini grants were awarded. Awardees and projects are as follows:


Title: Passport to Success

Applicant: Haleigh Phillips, Student Success Specialist

Amount Awarded: $1,657

Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence

Summary of Project: The Passport to Success project is an intervention program that will target Basic Studies students and address the underutilization of campus resources. The project will address and look to increase the number of Basic Studies students who visit and utilize campus resources. Additionally, this project looks to increase retention and transition rates of Basic Studies students. Evaluation measures include:

  • The number of students who visit or utilize campus resources (The goal is to obtain a better understanding of the types of resources students are frequenting and how often they access them).
  • Basic Studies retention and transition data.
  • Student evaluations.

Title: Boxlight Projector for Commercial Building Engineering (CBE) Project

Applicant: Greg Kane, CBE Faculty

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence

Summary of Project: The CBE Boxlight Projector project will allow students enrolled in the CBE program located at RTC’s Auburn site to have access to the latest technology in the field as well as create a more interactive learning environment. The project looks to increase student retention in the program. Evaluation measures include:

  • Measuring and comparing the participation level of students, quantitatively and qualitatively, in presentations before and after implementation of the Boxlight system.
  • Qualitatively assessing students’ attention to presented material before and after implementation of the Boxlight system.

Title: Visual Correlation of Text Materials

Applicant: Darlene Ripley, ESL Adjunct Faculty

Amount Awarded: $652

Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence

Summary of Project: The Visual Correlation of Text Materials project will provide visually interactive texts to English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Research shows that people learn and retain information better when they can relate words or concepts with visual cues (Haig, 2012). Visual cues assist students in recalling information, which is part of the learning process. Thus, this project involves the purchase and use of an Elmo Interactive Document Camera. Evaluation measures include:

  • Pre-test to assess students’ knowledge of jobs and job-related vocabulary.
  • Randomly dividing students into two groups and providing instruction to one group verbally and by using a traditional whiteboard, and providing instruction to a second group using the interactive document camera.
  • Post-test to assess students’ knowledge per instructional delivery.

Title: Android Devices for the BAS and AAS Computer Science Programs

Applicant: Lhoucine Zerrouki, Computer Science Faculty

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Component Addressed: Component 1 – Student Engagement in the Entry Process and Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence

Summary of Project: Mobile technology is growing exponentially. More enterprises have expanded their business to include mobile applications development. Today the iPhone and the android phone are at the forefront of the market share. As a college that provides an array of technical certificates and degrees and prepares students for high-demand careers, it is imperative that RTC remain current with the technology shift. Thus, this project involves the purchase of android smartphones and tablets for students in the computer science program to create and test mobile applications. Evaluation measures include:

  • Course retention (number of students who complete).
  • Quarter-to-quarter retention in the program.
  • Course success rates (2.0 or higher).
  • Student GPA in the course.

Students who complete the course will be asked to complete a three-question survey about their experience in using smartphones and tablets to develop and test mobile applications.