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December 2017

Achieve@FSCJ Equity Town Hall

Approximately 114 employees joined us for the start of our discussion about equity and its role in the success of FSCJ students. The event featured a discussion of student demographic data and the results of our most recent graduate survey. In case you missed Dr. Henderson’s presentation, you can access the information on our Achieve@FSCJ webpage.

In addition to the overview of data and ensuing discussion, participants engaged in a small group activity. Attendees at each table read a student scenario and discussed the support services that are available at the College to help the student described in the narrative. There was also an opportunity to discuss the support services that FSCJ should offer to students to help them be successful. 

The feedback from our post-event survey made it clear that participants would like additional opportunities to have interactive, in-person events.

As a reminder, our upcoming Spring Achieve@FSCJ event will be our inaugural data summit. Please give us information about the data you would like to discuss by completing our survey.

We also heard from many of you that you would like to have the chance to continue discussions of equity and equity-related policies at FSCJ. Interested parties are invited to contact Dr. Browning or Dr. Gnage if you would like to participate in FSCJ’s Achieving the Dream Equity Committee to have the opportunity to impact and inform our institution’s equity policies, processes and work.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Data Summit
Friday, February 9, 2018

Please complete a brief survey to inform topics for the Data Summit.



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Achieve 2020

FSCJ’s next strategic plan, Achieve 2020, was approved by the District Board of Trustees at its October meeting. The plan has one strategic goal – to increase the success of FSCJ students – and three supporting strategic priorities: provide a student-centered education, impact community and increase institutional capacity. Because this plan is focused on student success, it will now become the focal point of our Achieving the Dream work.

Strategic Plan Vision Statement
FSCJ aspires to increase student success by strengthening institutional capacity to support the redesign and transformation of the student experience. The College will achieve this vision through implementation of strategies that provide a student-centered education, enhanced community partnerships and state-of-the-art, high-impact practices and policies.

The Strategic Plan Steering Committee (formerly ATD Core Team) will be in place for the duration of the strategic plan and will have general oversight of the plan’s progress. Lead teams have been established and will be charged with spearheading the work of one of the strategic priorities. Our Achieving the Dream committees will now be comprised of the project teams tasked with carrying out the strategies outlined in the strategic plan. The project teams will identify the tasks and timeline for the work of their committee, update the Strategic Plan Steering Committee and the College community at large regarding their progress. They will disband when their work is complete. 

If you are interested in volunteering to participate on a project team, please review the strategic plan and contact Dr. Browning regarding your area of interest. 



Data Byte

Instructional Support and Financial Assistance at FSCJ

Regularly examining data and targeting improvements are imperative as we organize our work and track measurable results with a relentless focus on student achievement. Each quarter, our Data Byte will highlight a key indicator of student success. This edition, we bring your attention to two recently published reports on instructional support and financial assistance at FSCJ.

01 ATData_AccudemiaThe Instructional Support Data Report published in October 2017 includes student perceptions of library reference and instruction services, as well as usage information for LibGuides, Research Companion and tutoring services. For example, in Spring 2017, student success (grade “C” or better) was greater for students with Accudemia records compared to students with no such records across four gateway math courses and results were statistically significant for all courses except MGF1107. Average in-course retention was also significantly greater for Accudemia students in MAC1105 and MGF1106.

Dec2The Financial Assistance Report published in November 2017 provides an overview of different types of financial aid, summarizes financial aid headcount and average award data and outlines some quick tips for those who work with students on how to access financial assistance. For example, in 2016-17, more than 10,000 students received Pell grants with an average award of $3,235.

These reports are available on our Achieve@FSCJ webpage. Our January report will cover the topic of student persistence.