Project CHESS Outline
Peer & Faculty Mentoring - Men's Initiative
Goal: Improve retention rates of underrepresented males, and particularly Hispanic males, from the first to second year.
Peer mentoring and faculty coaching focuses on marginalized men from Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College to boost educational outcomes through improving interpersonal relationships, mental wellness, and grit.
Juniors and seniors at Cal Lutheran will serve as peer mentors to first and second year students at Moorpark College. The program will start with a 3-day summer residential leadership retreat with workshops focused on leadership, academic mindset development, and careers, as well as training for mentors. The relationships will continue throughout the year with additional activities emphasizing community building, and career planning.
- Engaging 150 underrepresented men at both institutions in leadership development activities
- Develop 2-3 career-focused activities to be attended by at least 100 underrepresented men
- Match up to 90 marginalized men from Moorpark College with 45 peer mentors at Cal Lutheran
Faculty Learning CIRCLE
Goal: Increase the number of Hispanic students who succeed in introductory/gateway courses.
The CIRCLE (Culturally-Inclusive & Responsive Curricula for Learning Equity) Collaborative is a faculty learning community (FLC) that brings together faculty from both campuses to participate in professional development workshops focused on cultural competence, experiential and active learning, and the diverse needs of underrepresented students.
Ten faculty from each institution participate in the year-long professional development process. Additional groups of faculty from the same disciplines will participate in “circles” led by faculty “alumni” of the year-long professional activities to form course redesign circles focused on the 100- and 200-level courses, particularly in Math and English.
- Provide cultural competency training to 60 faculty members
- Redesign 50 courses to be culturally responsive to learning styles of underrepresented students
- Design 50 courses to be more culturally-relevant courses
Goal: Strengthen articulation between Moorpark College and Cal Lutheran.
The CIRCLE cooperative program will also establish direct links between faculty at both institutions in order to enable an ongoing dialogue about learning outcomes, course content, and pedagogical techniques.
To overcome articulation and transfer problems, such as the widespread loss of credits that occurs when undergraduates transfer from a community college to a 4-year institutions, this student-centered and faculty-led cooperative will redesign courses to establish true articulation across a number of disciplines. It will also work to institutionalize the Project CHESS activities continue beyond the grant timeframe.
- Improve instructional facilities to accommodate active learning techniques
- Collaborate on the redesign of 20 courses to be taught at both institutions
- Institutionalize grant activities to continuously and effectively serve students
Transfer Center at Cal Lutheran
Goal: Increase transfer success for Hispanic students.
In order to create more efficient and user-friendly operations to ease the transition from a 2-year institution to Cal Lutheran:
- Cal Lutheran will renovate an existing building to centralize transfer admission and student services. The new center will serve as a hub transfer students build social capital--networking and collaborating with each other, accessing mentoring.
- Cal Lutheran will undergo administrative restructuring to develop a transfer student department which will elevate transfer-specific knowledge, promote programming to support student success and in cooperation with regional community colleges, and conduct outreach to encourage current 2-year institution students to participate in activities at Cal Lutheran.
- Establish centralized, one-stop services to transfer students
- Develop 2-3 events per year designed to bring community college students onto 4-year campuses
- Renovate space to establish a Transfer Student Center at Cal Lutheran