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SSEM Update

Fall 2015 Edition

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Vice President's Message  - Dr. Ken Ray, Jr. 

Ken RayOur collective success will be the result of continuous and deliberate attention to our goals to engage a broader demographic of students by creating a college environment that supports the attainment of each students educational goal.  Let us take advantage of the opportunity to get together on Friday, September 11th to learn and share about our students and their unique needs in higher education.

This summer you did a tremendous job enrolling our students.  Though we endured challenging uncertainty during the Fall registration, we have persevered and enrolled over 25,000 students!  As we move forward this year we will evaluate our new onboarding procedure and make continuous improvements to better accommodate our students.  We will implement three initiatives from our 2014-2017 Enrollment Management Plan that will: (1) improve communication with different students throughout the enrollment process, (2) develop and implement a college-wide recruitment plan, and (3) enhance visibility of students' opportunities to receive prior learning assessment (PLA) credit.  In addition to these initiatives, the College has begun the process of accreditation reaffirmation.  The College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) will have a student affairs focus related to improving academic advising for students.  This is a great time for Student Services at HCC.  I hope to see all of you at the All Student Service Meeting on September 11th and look forward to a great year!   

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Awards & Recognition  - TRIO Student Support Services 

Congratulations to Mr. Derrick Brown and the entire TRIO Student Support Services Team!
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded over $1.5 million to HCC to fund its TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program for the next five years (2015-2020).  Mr. Derrick Brown, TRiO SSS Director, pursued the SSS grant competition, supported by Dr. Kenneth Ray, Jr., VP Student Services and Enrollment Management, and Dr. Liza Stewart, Director of Institutional Research.

The TRiO Student Support Services Program has been at HCC since 1974. This program has had a long history of providing support services to first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities at HCC

Thanks to Dr. Ken Atwater and his Cabinet for their unwavering institutional commitment that has been critical in meeting the needs of these first-generation and low-income students, whose outcomes would have been very different without such support. Additionally, kudos and thanks to Mr. Newton Beardsley, Jana Irvine, Kimberly Materazzo, and Julie Redcay, J.D., for their exemplary teamwork and assistance.

Welcome Dr. Jennifer China 

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SSEM is pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Wells China in the capacity of Senior Educational Consultant in the Student Services and Enrollment Management Division. Dr. China received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas in Austin. She will be working with Dr. Ken Ray to develop initiatives taken from the HCC 2014-2017 Strategic Plan.

Dr. China’s professional career in higher education spans over twenty years.  She has worked as Director of Grants and Institutional Research, Director of Financial Aid, Associate Dean of Students, Executive Assistant to the President, and Director of the Bonner Scholars Service Learning Program.  In addition, as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of South Carolina, she taught graduate courses on Educational Change, Community College Leadership, Human Resource Management, and Business Communications. Please stop by room 309 at the District Office and say hello.

College Reach Out Program - Warren T. Smith 

 CROP smallHCC's, College Reach-Out Program is a state grant funded through the Florida Department of Education Office of Equity and Access. The CROP program is designed to increase the number or educationally and economically disadvantaged high school and middle school students who will enroll in college upon graduation from high school.
The 2014-2015 CROP program saw 100% (25/25) of seniors graduate with a standard diploma.  Equally impressive is that 100% are attending a post-secondary institution. 

Middleton High School Initiative - Warren T. Smith

Middleton logo The Middleton High School Initiative has an impressive impact on its students!  
2015 saw 161 out of 230 (70%) seniors matriculate to HCC to pursue post-secondary education.  This is due primarily to the success of HCC’s embedded person who is a fixture at the school three days per week working with the Career & Success Counselor, faculty, staff and administrators.  HCC also provides on-site resources through the Enrollment Development Coordinator.  This support and scheduled visits to Middleton High School from various HCC departments and programs; i.e. Honors College, Nursing Program, Culinary Program, Financial Aid, etc., are just a few of the resources provided to the Initiative.  

HCC "Vital Signs"  as of August 24, 2015

** Unduplicated headcount of 25,863 students

** Admitted more than 6,000 NEW students in our credit programs

** More than 19,000 financial aid files were completed for the 2015-2016 academic year

** More than 16,000 students were awarded financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year

** Close to $190 million in aid awarded to HCC students for the 2015-2016 academic year

Quality Enhancement Plan - Focus on Faculty-Advisor Teamwork 

Effective July 01, 2015, the Board of Trustees has approved a college strategic initiative to “increase the percentage of students declaring a program of study upon entry and complete an educational plan.”

The QEP will align strategic initiatives to increase retention and completion rates by introducing faculty perspectives during student orientation, implementing career assessment to enhance academic planning, re-envisioning SLS 1501 classes, and leveraging technology--all of which would center upon holistic integration achieved by faculty-advisor teamwork.

Special thanks to the QEP Steering Committee (those with an asterisk hold an earned doctorate): John‎ Bacheller (DM—Biology), Mary Bendickson‎ (DM—A.A. Dean),* Jeremy Bullian (BR—Library Science), Vincent‎ Centonze (PC—Veterinary Science)*, Jennifer Dale (District—Disabilities Resource Officer)*, Alicia Ellison‎ (YB—Library Science)—ON SABBATICAL, Celeste Fenton, (HCS—CITT Director)*, June‎ Fishbourne (SS—Psychology)*, Tina Fujita‎ (PC—Math), Jennifer Gangi‎ (District--Academic Assessment Officer)*, Peter Germroth‎ (DM—Biology)* Nicole Jagusztyn‎ (District--Institutional Research Officer)*, Stephen Lambert, QEP Chair and Coordinator (BR—English)*, Christine Legner (PC—Student Services Dean), Theresa Lewis‎ (BR—Counselor)*, Sheila McCants (SS—Student Services Manager), Davidka McCaskill (BR—Enrollment Development Coordinator), Shawn Robinson‎ (YB—Campus President)*, Richard Senker,  (YB—Computer Science), Karla Solis (DM—Assistant Dean of Student Services), Nancee Sorenson (BR—Campus President)*

 Learn more about the QEP by signing up for a workshop at All College Day!


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