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Developing a Community College Student Roadmap

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Sept. 1, 2010) – Tidewater Community College has been selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to take the lead in a new initiative to improve the success of community college students, funded by MetLife Foundation.  

Through this new initiative, “Developing a Community College Student Roadmap: From Entrance to Engagement in Educational Achievement and Success,” TCC will join with 11 other community colleges from around the nation to create robust and proactive programs of academic support – tied to expected learning outcomes – that engage students and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success. 

The project seeks to “connect the dots” among the varied student-support programs at leading community colleges and create roadmaps for success. These roadmaps will be anchored in a set of expected learning outcomes essential for all students to succeed in life beyond college.

“We’re delighted that the AACU has invited TCC to help lead this important work for our nation’s community colleges,” says TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce. “This initiative dovetails  with our growing student success agenda, which we look forward to sharing with other leading institutions .”

TCC’s innovative efforts that focus on early intervention for student success include:

  • New-student orientation program: FOCUS (Freshman Orientation Centered Upon Success), that features face-to-face interactive sessions and an online component for students to complete at their own pace
  • Student-support programs, in and out of the classroom: Supplemental Instruction (SI) with peer mentors, information-literacy activities by the Learning Resource Center, Writing and Math Labs, and Math Anxiety Workshops
  • A required study skills and orientation course (SDV 100)
  • Course-embedded learning outcomes and assessment strategies across the curriculum (including capstone, clinical, internship, cooperative education and apprenticeships)
  • Developing a “dashboard” of indicators of progress toward student success

TCC joins the following chosen Roadmap colleges in supporting and advancing community college student success:

City University of New York Hostos Community College (Bronx, New York)
City University of New York Queensborough Community College (Bayside, New York)
Gainesville State College (Gainesville, Georgia)
Georgia Perimeter College (Covington, Georgia)
Lane Community College (Eugene, Oregon)
Miami Dade College (Miami, Florida)
Middlesex Community College (Bedford, Massachusetts)
Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, California)
Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale, Virginia)
Prince George's Community College (Largo, Maryland)
Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake City, Utah)

“The community colleges leading the Roadmap project share a commitment to ensuring that every one of their students achieves the outcomes of an engaged liberal education – outcomes essential for success in today’s competitive global economy,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “Many national leaders now recognize that improving student success at community colleges, in particular, is a key component to meeting President Obama’s ambitious goals for increasing the number of Americans with college degrees. This project, however, is designed not only to increase transfer and graduation rates, but will tackle the more challenging, but no less important task of ensuring that these graduates achieve a quality education along the way toward attaining degrees.”

“We are very excited to bring together educational leaders at community colleges all working intentionally to become even more learning-centered institutions,” said AAC&U Vice President Susan Albertine, who will lead the initiative at AAC&U. “Each of these participating institutions is influential within their districts or systems and the examples and models they are developing will become catalysts for institutional changes across these regions and systems. We look forward to national models emerging from this project that can be widely adapted at institutions of all sorts.”

This initiative also builds on the research sponsored as part of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative, including the research on high-impact educational practices that are proven to increase persistence, completion and achievement of key learning outcomes especially for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. For additional information about outcomes and high-impact practices, see


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit