Wayne Community College has been awarded nearly $2 million to improve its ability to guide students toward completion of their academic goals.
The college will use the $1,886,333 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a “Coaching, Advising, and Planning for Success” (CAPS) project over the next five years.
“The purpose of this grant is to reinforce the onboarding and registration process at the college and establish a Center for Teaching and Learning,” said Dr. Tammy Bishop, Academic Foundations Department chair. “During the first year, we will be hiring three new achievement coaches, a career pathways admission specialist and a research specialist.”
As the project progresses, more personnel are slated to be added. The grant also will cover minor equipment purchases and some capital improvements.
The CAPS project’s goals include improving overall student success through “whole student development,” including academic, non-academic and personal factors; improving student retention and graduation rates by strengthening adviser/student relationships; and improving assessment of learning and institutional effectiveness through data collection and analysis.