Dr. Ruiz Announces $2.6 Million Grant to Mt. San Jacinto College

September 29, 2015

Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced today that Mt. San Jacinto College received a $2.6 million grant designed to provide students with access to more programs that will help them stay in college, succeed and improve graduation and transfer rates.

“I am excited to announce the Department of Education has recognized the commitment of the faculty and staff of Mt. San Jacinto Community College to improve the quality and academic success of students in our region.  I commend the staff and administration of Mt. San Jacinto Community College for their hard work in securing this grant, and I look forward to the expanded programs and services to achieve academic excellence,” said Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., (CA-36).

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education – Developing Hispanic Institutions Grant Program will begin on Oct. 1, 2015 and will be distributed over a five-year period. MSJC received one of the 90 grants the department awards annually. The grant will benefit all students at MSJC.

“I am thrilled that Mt. San Jacinto College received this generous grant from the Department of Education,” said Dr. Roger Schultz, superintendent/president of MSJC. “It will provide additional resources that will allow us to implement proven innovative practices to support our students, their success and their overall transition to higher education.”

This is the third grant of its kind that MSJC has received from the U.S. Department of Education under Title V. The college received $2.2 million in 2003 and $2.8 million in 2010.

“Through previous grant efforts, Mt. San Jacinto College has successfully decreased gaps in student achievement for all groups, specifically for our Hispanic and other underprepared students, which currently represent over 40% of the student population,” said Rebecca Teague, dean of  Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, Research and Grants and interim project director.

Hispanic Serving Institutions are identified as those with a 25 percent or larger Hispanic student population. Forty-four percent of MSJC’s students are Hispanic. In 2014-15, there were 8,527 Hispanic students attending MSJC. The fall 2014 semester represented the highest enrollment of Hispanic students in the history of MSJC.

MSJC was able to produce the need for the grant through a variety of data, including low college-going rates, socioeconomic challenges and low academic success rates, among other factors.

More than $2.3 million of the grant is designated specifically toward programs, not for administrative costs.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

  • First Year Educational Pathway 
    • Early student support and pre-assessment preparation strategies
    • First-Year Academic Cohort Program
    • Supplemental Instruction
    • Faculty student mentoring
    • Embedded counseling
    • Faculty training and professional development
  • Distance Education Engagement and Success 
    • Online course development and delivery
    • Professional development and technological support
    • Student support systems and services

GRANT GOALS/OBJECTIVES

  • Goal (1):  Improve student preparedness and readiness for academic success by implementing early support strategies for students as they enter college; 
  • Goal (2): Improve student enrollment and transition into credit basic skills pathways by improving institutional integration of student service and instructional programs designed to a) increase Hispanic and underprepared student academic success and b) reduce time-to-degree completion; 
  • Goal (3): Strengthen institutional capacity to improve student preparation, transition, and successful course completion in distance education.
  • Objective 1 By September 2020, the number of students: a) graduating and attaining degrees will increase by 30%, b) transferring to four-year universities will increase by 30% over the baseline.
  • Objective 2 By September 2020, the number of Hispanic and underprepared students who are successful in online distance education courses will increase by 10% over the baseline
  • Objective 3 By September 2020, the number of Hispanic and underprepared students who withdraw in distance education/hybrid courses will decrease by 10% over the baseline
  • Objective 4 By September 2020, the number of first-time students persisting to the next academic year will increase by 15% over the baseline
  • Objective 5 By September 2020, underprepared (Basic Skills) students who are successful will increase by 10% over the baseline
  • Objective 6 By September 2020, the rate of students assessing into 3 or more levels “below college level” Math will decrease by 5% over the baseline
  • Objective 7 Using cohort analysis methods, the number of students completing informed educational goals (graduation, transfer, certificate, etc.) of Hispanic and underprepared students assisted through the First Year Educational Pathway will be at least 20% higher than first-year Hispanic and underprepared students not so assisted.