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COC honored for teaching strategies

Posted: May 12, 2009 7:59 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2009 8:00 a.m.
Officials from the Hewlett Leaders in Student Success program recognized College of the Canyons on Friday, May 8 as one of three California community colleges honored in 2009 for the use of innovative and proven teaching strategies in the college's ‘basic skills' foundational math and English programs.

A division of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Hewlett Leaders in Student Success program annually recognizes colleges that demonstrate promising and innovative approaches to student success in basic skills education.

In particular, the program looks for colleges that use outcome data to validate levels of success that can then be shared and replicated at other institutions.

As a Hewlett Leaders honoree, the college will receive a $15,000 instruction grant in order to conduct train-the-trainer information sessions at surrounding community colleges, allowing College of the Canyons faculty and administrators to share the techniques and strategies used to help basic skills math and English students succeed.

"It's a tremendous honor for us to receive this recognition. We were pleased to be one of the 11 California community colleges nominated for this award," said Audrey Green, associate vice president of academic affairs at the college. "We plan to begin making presentations and disseminating our effective teaching program practices at statewide conferences beginning in the fall."

College of the Canyons programs reviewed included the "15 College Success Tips" program and the Personalized Accelerated Learning program (PAL).

College of the Canyons will be officially recognized by the Hewlett Leaders in Student Success at the 2009 Strengthening Student Success Conference in San Francisco in October.


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