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Temple College has shifted its focus from access to success. The college has combatted the view by some on campus that, individually, many of its student success initiatives are temporary, by centralizing the various strategies around a theme of developmental education.
The college has created and continues to scale the following student success interventions:
- Zero Week: A week without classes that provides faculty and students time to prepare for the academic year. Zero Week is the week following registration and prior to the first day of classes each fall.
- Attendance Accountability—Peer Involvement Program: A modification to the college’s mandatory attendance policy created by the Student Success Division to address the specific needs of and challenges to students enrolled in developmental education.
- Continuous Student Orientation: Provides ongoing exposure to student and academic services throughout the semester; particularly targeted toward students in developmental English students.
A spirit of equity has been embedded in the programs, policies and campus community culture of Temple College since it was founded in 1926. In the fall semester of 2009, 19% of Temple’s student population was African American, and another 19% were Hispanic. Fifty-five percent of the college’s first-time, first-year students received Pell grants.
Temple College encourages active learning through diverse instructional methods, enhancements in pedagogy, and advancements in online instruction. Temple College also plans to pursue systematic institutional improvements that will promote success for all students. The college has been collecting, aggregating and making available the results of various pertinent quantitative data.
Student Success Strategies
Temple College is using the following strategies to impact student success:
- The Network
- Interventions Showcase
- Right from the Start
- Knowledge Center
- Cutting Edge Series
- Principles and Practices
- Tools for all States
- Achieving Success (Policy Newsletter)
- Data Notes (Data Newsletter)
- Get Involved