Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times – A Caring Campus Approach

IEBC provides a series of Guides in its publication: Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times – A Caring Campus Approach

Guides One and Two provide solid approaches for staff helping students to stay connected to, and supported by, the college and staff in normal times and in this current environment.

     Guide One: Connecting with Students in a Virtual Environment 

     Guide Two: Supporting Community College Professional Staff

User Guides  The following user guides have been developed by faculty groups facilitated by IEBC and working collaboratively within varying structures and goals as identified below.

Texas Gulf Coast Partnership for Achieving Student Success (GC PASS) English and Math Curriculum Alignment Guides 

The English Curriculum Alignment Guide and the Mathematics Curriculum Alignment Guide, are the culmination of three years of ongoing collaboration between eight community colleges and 11 independent school districts (ISDs) in the Texas Gulf Coast region. The project was funded by a grant from The Houston Endowment to The University of Texas at Austin’s Student Success Initiatives to support the goals of the GC PASS initiative to increase college readiness among high school graduates; ease student transitions between high school and community college; and increase student success in community college developmental courses.

Using an IEBC-developed process and facilitated by IEBC staff, high school and community college faculty focused on developing broad curricula alignment that would provide students with increasing depth and rigor in more seamless transition from one grade level to the next in high school and from high school to college.

Links to Guides:

English GC PASS Guide

Math GC PASS Guide

Read more here:

News Release: Community Colleges’ Big Opportunity — Texas Gulf Coast Region Shows the Way

News Release: Texas Gulf Region Teachers Get New Tools to Help Students Make a Successful Transition from High School to College.

Aligning Curricula and Career Education for Student Success (ACCESS)

Aligned Math and English Curricula

The ACCESS Guides include aligned high school and college math and English Composition academic competencies along with embedded real world applications in assignments and assessments. They are  the result of many passionate discussions about math and English Language Arts among more than 200 K–12 and postsecondary math and English faculty and career technical education (CTE) instructors throughout California. The goal of these discussions was to define the exit and entrance competencies that students should possess from 11th grade through college level math and English courses to make student transitions more successful. CTE instructors worked with math and English faculty to develop assessments that teachers can use to measure whether students are meeting expectations, and make these assessments apply to real world experiences.

These guides are unique in three distinct ways:

    1. They take an important step beyond listing gaps between high school and college writing by providing sample assessments that measure mastery of the core competencies.
    2. They are the result of educational segments working in unison.
    3. They answer the often-asked question from students: “Where will I ever have to use this?”

Access the guides here:

English: ACCESS Curricula Guide for English Composition

Math: ACCESS Curricula Guide for Mathematics

Strategic Linking of Academic and Technical Education (SLATE) 

Contextualized Learning Curricula

Funded by the James Irvine Foundation SLATE was established with the following objectives:

  1. Establish English and mathematics cross-discipline, intersegmental faculty councils called Contextualized Learning Councils (CLCs) to create teaching materials and methodologies that provide context and links to real-world applications.
  2. Develop, publish, and disseminate contextualized curricular units connecting academic disciplines and technical education in the following areas: English, mathematics, bio-science, business, environmental science, industrial technologies, mechatronics/manufacturing and product design, public health, public safety, social science, and statistics.
  3. Develop a model of faculty professional development.

Nine English and math councils (CLCs) were established across California. They produced four English guides, three math guides and  one combined math and English guide, all connected to technical education and other academic disciplines. Each lesson in the guides contains all the information faculty need to teach the lessons, including objectives, step-by-step guidelines for implementing activities, assessments, materials, and hand-outs.


Links to Tuning Guides

Tuning is a faculty-driven process that makes what students know, understand, and are able to do at the completion of a degree in a given discipline or professional program explicit for students, faculty, family, employers and other stakeholders.