The LA Level Up Grant supports not only students’ completion of transfer-level English courses, but also the use of three research-based models for student success: the Success Factors Framework, WICOR pedagogy, and Embedded Student Support Service.
Bringing together these three research-based practices, the LA Level Up Grant hopes to increase student completion, persistence, and retention, through holistic support of students’ experience at Saddleback College.
Success Factors Framework
This Success Factors Framework comes out of RP Group research that found students say they need the following six things from their colleges to succeed:
- Directed: Students have a goal and know how to achieve it
- Focused: Students stay on track, keeping their eyes on the prize
- Nurtured: Students feel that somebody wants and helps them to succeed
- Engaged: Students actively participate in class and extra-curricular activities
- Connected: Students feel that they are part of the College community
- Valued: Students' skills, talents, abilities, and experiences are recognized, and they have opportunities to contribute and have their contributions appreciated
WICOR pedagogy (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn) comes out of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program that is usually seen in K-12 schools. The pedagogy incorporates the use of high engagement teaching and learning classroom activities that focus on skill building in the WICOR areas. Students who have been exposed to WICOR strategies through their AVID for Higher Education (AHE) classes have shown higher persistence rates than their counterparts who do not enroll in AHE courses. This trend reflects the impact that K-12 AVID programs have on former students’ persistence rates in college.
Embedded Student Support Services
Integration of student support services into high-risk classes is a student success strategy that is increasingly utilized across California Community Colleges. The embedded student support services model seeks to improve overall student completion and academic outcomes in the basic skills class in which the embedded services is taking place. Embedded services include counseling, tutoring, and information literacy training.