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PBI Grant: Improving Student Success with Evidence-Based Strategies

Perimeter College

Academic Initiative

Groups Served
Collegiate

Program Website
Visit the Program Website

Contact Information
Johnson, Vickie
vjohnson33@gsu.edu
770-274-5287

Address
3251 Panthersville Road
Decatur, GA 30034

Campus
Decatur

Funding

US Department of Education (ED)

Overview

Project RAISE’S newest initiative, PBI: Improving Student Success with Evidence-Based Strategies, uses personalized Academic Success Coaching and student development methodologies to strengthen students’ non-cognitive skills, enhance resilience and close achievement, opportunity and skills gaps among Non-African American and African American students enrolled in support mathematics courses.

Benefits

Since fall 2012, approximately 38,000 students enrolled in foundational and support mathematics coursework have benefited from individualized support services aimed at reducing the time to degree completion, lowering the net tuition cost and likelihood of student loan default and improving rates of retention and persistence toward graduation.

Over the years, Project RAISE has significantly reduced the percentage of students who fail to exit foundational and support mathematics courses within two semesters, positively contributing to overall student success.

Activities and Services
Student Success Assessments
Personalized Academic Success Coaching
Student Success Workshops and Panel D

Supplemental Materials

Not Applicable

Discipline Focus
Mathematics

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
First Generation, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status

Race/Ethnic Group
Black, Gender

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
09/30/2015

Number Served
>10,000

Notable Alumni

Blessing Ajufo, AA, Nursing
Johnny Banks, AA, Computer Science
Richard Lang, AA, Psychology

Research Components and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Student or faculty stipend/compensation

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Academic Coaching training and workshops for the faculty

Self-efficacy Emphasis

The PBI grant addresses the non-cognitive skills of the students, such as time management, notetaking, study skills, stress management, learning style and Mindset development. Coaching sessions and workshops are provided by Academic Success Coaches as well as LASSI and Mindset inventories.

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

Coaching sessions and workshops as well as various types of positive reinforcement; the program focuses on improving the achievement, retention and graduation rates of African Americans in Mathematics learning support classes

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Specialized Curricula/Workshops (e.g. training for participants, directors and/or faculty on imposter syndrome, implicit bias, microaggressions), Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Orientation (e.g. reviewing norms, expectations, structures, goals and/or protocols),Personalized counseling services, Development of Academic Sense of Belongingness (e.g. Meetings with doctoral scholars, peer researchers, exchanges at academic conferences), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Academic recognition (i.e. research credibility, prestige), Coaching

Mentoring Components

Mentoring is not used in our program

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluation methods to allow participants to provide feedback

Evaluation Methods

external review/evaluation, annual performance report, program survey(s)

Anticipated Participant Outcomes

completion of a course(s),increasing academic skill area (s),persisting through current degree program, earning a degree

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
09/30/2015

Number Served
>10,000

Notable Alumni

Blessing Ajufo, AA, Nursing
Johnny Banks, AA, Computer Science
Richard Lang, AA, Psychology

Research Components and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Student or faculty stipend/compensation

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Academic Coaching training and workshops for the faculty

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

The PBI grant addresses the non-cognitive skills of the students, such as time management, notetaking, study skills, stress management, learning style and Mindset development. Coaching sessions and workshops are provided by Academic Success Coaches as well as LASSI and Mindset inventories.

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

Coaching sessions and workshops as well as various types of positive reinforcement; the program focuses on improving the achievement, retention and graduation rates of African Americans in Mathematics learning support classes

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Specialized Curricula/Workshops (e.g. training for participants, directors and/or faculty on imposter syndrome, implicit bias, microaggressions), Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Orientation (e.g. reviewing norms, expectations, structures, goals and/or protocols),Personalized counseling services, Development of Academic Sense of Belongingness (e.g. Meetings with doctoral scholars, peer researchers, exchanges at academic conferences), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Academic recognition (i.e. research credibility, prestige), Coaching

Mentoring Components

Mentoring is not used in our program

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluation methods to allow participants to provide feedback

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

external review/evaluation, annual performance report, program survey(s)

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

completion of a course(s),increasing academic skill area (s),persisting through current degree program, earning a degree