While many of you may have been away from campus over the summer, Proyecto Exito was in full swing with several events. We tried to touch on the highlights below so that you can remain in the loop with our successes and new adventures. It all began with the Course Redesign Institute (CRI):
What an amazing week of collaboration and fun. Each year we hold the Course Redesign Institute, where we invite faculty to take a closer look at their syllabus and curriculum and consider ways to make them more interactive and stimulating for students. This year we had a remarkable commitment from 15 dedicated faculty, who were willing to take that good hard look, and explore some alternative approaches that could further address the needs of our disproportionally impacted students. Our awesome facilitators: Dr. Denise Rogers, Maria-Jose Zelden-Perez, and Dr. Jennifer Carmichael, brought valuable insights, speakers, and experiences for our collaboration benefit.Find further details about CRI and the 2017 agenda here: http://www.sdmesa.edu/about-mesa/professional-learning/CRI.shtml
We offered classroom tutoring in six classes over the summer, (Math 96, 116, & 119, and Chemistry 152) including the usual tutoring sessions after every class. Additionally, we welcomed nine new Classroom Tutors to carry on this program. As we move toward institutionalization we are always seeking to fine tune these current programs making them more efficient and effective for our students. For the fall we are in 13 classrooms; including Accounting 116A. We continue to receive positive feedback from students who participate in the program; that it is really helpful to their success and understanding within the classroom. We are currently exploring ways to increase the number of tutoring sessions available, always cognizant of students having other classes and a busy schedule. We welcome any suggestions and feedback.
Summer CRUISE 2017
After welcoming 13 new Peer Navigators (PN’s) and initiating them with a grueling, two week training, our Summer CRUISE program sprinted off of the starting line. These amazing new additions were awesome in their transition exceeding any expectations for greatness. For the first time we offered six Summer CRUISE workshops (four daytime and two evenings); serving more than 500 incoming students, including our Promise and International Students. Our new PN’s were exceptional in getting connected with our students, welcoming them onto our campus, and providing them with an abundance of information to support them on their path to success. This is exactly the kind of collaboration we seek to build on Mesa Campus.
Check out some of the photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmesa/sets/72157685530795936/
Finally, out of the planning stage and into implementation. Proyecto Exito hosted our first ever Mathletics Workshop. Designed to encourage students with Math collaboration and building confidence, our Math Course Designers Juan U. Bernal and Kelly Spoon planned a four-day workshop to review some of the tough concepts, increase self-esteem, and establish a math related network for students. With the opening of the STEM Center these Professors are committed to making math fun and encouraging students to commit to math related majors.
Check out some additional photos from the workshop here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmesa/sets/72157684662244564/
And see what students had to say here: http://www.sdmesa.edu/about-mesa/current-initiatives/hispanic-serving-institutions/proyecto-exito/mathletics.shtml