Guilford Technical Community College was selected as the 2010 winner of the Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award for its outstanding achievements in changing its institutional culture.
In their award application GTCC leaders summarized the impact this way: “In the 50-year history of the college, there has never been an initiative that has produced more meaningful involvement of the total college community.” Outside evaluators agree that GTCC has
institutionalized its student success agenda and systematized data use across the college. “Most of its numerous strategic interventions—ranging from a supplemental instruction program for developmental education students to a revamped orientation and streamlined intake process for [developmental education] first-year students—have each been implemented and evaluated over time. Furthermore, several strategies have been scaled up based on promising student outcomes to reach increasing numbers of students,” MDRC evaluators reported in 2009.