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LCC joins national initiative to foster success

LCC joins national initiative to foster success
The Lookout

Nathan Wilson

Editor in Chief


LCC became one of 12 founding institutions to the join the Gateways to Completion (G2C) initiative during fall 2013 in a national effort to boost student success.

According to Martine Rife, faculty process liaison for the G2C project, this national pilot initiative is undertaken by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

“Through LCC’s participation in the project’s first cohort, our college, along with other founding members, will take dramatic steps to improve our gateway courses,” Rife said.

“Our work on this project will focus on five key courses, courses that are foundational, high-enrollment and high risk.”

These gateway courses include WRIT 121 Composition I, ACCG 210, Principles of Accounting I, HIST 212, U.S. History: 1877 to Present, MATH 112, Intermediate Algebra and BIOL 121.

Through a robust evidence-based analysis, LCC will develop and implement action plans in five gateway courses in the following areas: academic success and excellence in learning, improved course completion, retention and graduation, upward social mobility and life satisfaction.

“Our goals are to closely study and analyze key courses that prevent barriers to student success, in order to design interventions and action plans, and implement those action plans with the ultimate goal of dramatically increasing student success,” Rife said.

First-year college composition and first-semester college math have been known to pose problems for particularly populations of students.

“No one has yet figured out exactly why these particular courses are a barrier,” Rife said. “National and local data further shows that such courses have a disproportionately high negative impact on students of color.

“Thus, in order to achieve our goal of serving a diverse community, and of maintaining a diverse student population, we at Lansing Community College are going to work with 11 other colleges at the cutting edge of this national student success initiative.”

Presently and through Monday, Dec. 16, the Student Learning Gain Assessment Survey is being administered in five gateway courses mentioned above. This survey is linked off every course’s D2L site in the “News” area.

Students can provide direct feedback through this survey, and every semester for the next three years when this survey is administered in the five courses, students are directly shaping how these courses will be changed to better meet student needs.

Students can also become involved through the Academic Senate, which meets every other Friday in the University Center in rooms 203 and 204.

As the only college in Michigan participating in the G2C initiative, LCC will play a role in paving the way for other colleges to also examine its key courses, according to Rife.

“Through our work, we expect to see increasing numbers of LCC students obtaining degrees both at LCC and once they transfer to four-year and graduate degree-granting colleges,” Rife said.

For more information about the G2C initiative or to get involved, contact Rife at or (517) 483-9906. Her office is located in the Arts & Sciences Building, room 204.

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