Title V - Panther Strong Grant Project
Palm Beach State College (PBSC), since 2015, has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). This means that at least 25% or more of the college’s total enrollment is comprised of Hispanic students. Currently, Hispanic student enrollment is about 32% and expected to continue to grow. This affords PBSC the unique privilege and responsibility to understand and serve the unique needs of this segment of our community, while also capitalizing from available resources, such as the Title V federal grants, to guide and support these efforts. PBSC has been the recipient of a Title V grant twice in recent years. Our current grant, the Panther Strong project, was awarded in 2020 and runs through 2025.
- Creation of a robust Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) to improve the capacity of faculty to address the needs of Hispanic and low- income students.
- Creation of an eco-system of data analytics that will allow the college’s Institutional Research and Evaluation (IRE) Department to inform faculty and college actions and resource allocation.
- Financial literacy components including embedding financial literacy into curriculum across programs and increased communication with students around the financial implications of academic decisions. This initiative aligns to Competitive Preference Priority 2 and wow well an institution articulates a plan that meets the established priorities when applying for a federally funded grant determines how competitive the institution will be in receiving such award (see below).
- A guided pathways approach to advisement which can improve the retention and completion of Hispanic and low-income students by improving efficiencies. This initiative aligns to Competitive Preference Priority 1a (see below).
US Department of Education Competitive Preference Priority 1a:
- Fostering flexible and affordable paths to obtaining knowledge and skills. Improving collaboration between education providers and employers to ensure student learning objectives are aligned with the skills or knowledge required for employment in in-demand industry sectors or occupations (as defined in section 3(23) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).
US Department of Education Competitive Preference Priority 2:
- Fostering knowledge and promoting the development of skills that prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals and citizens. Supporting personal financial literacy, knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility.
Sponsored Activities by Year (under development):
Investing in personnel – The grant supported the hire of dedicated staff/talent that will work and develop all other grant-specific initiatives over the course of the next 5 years. They are: (2) Instructional Designers housed within CTLE, a Quality Improvement Coordinator housed in IRE, and a Database Administrator, housed within IT/IRE. These positions will be absorbed by the college upon completion of the grant.
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) renovation/construction site identified at the Lake Worth campus – this state-of-the-art facility will serve as the hub for college-wide faculty development activities. Advances in technology, as well as a phase 2 project that will identify spaces at the each of the PBSC campuses, will further enhance and support these offerings college-wide.
CTLE 3D Render
Faculty Summer Institute 2021 – Achieving Equity in Outcomes - Targeting gateway courses, a 3-day (select Fridays in June) virtual event facilitated by faculty coaches with expertise in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. This faculty development event sponsored by Title V in collaboration with the Cross-Cultural Equity Center engaged 22 full-time faculty who committed to course re-design using the high impact and best practices presented. All faculty produced a blueprint document that will guide their efforts. | View Agenda
IRE acquisition of predictive analytics software (www.rapidinsight.com) to support and enhance the college’s ability to proactively address issues affecting our most vulnerable student populations to include Hispanic and low-income students.
Reading Apprenticeship Program – Initial faculty cohort launched fall 2021 with enrollment in the RA 101 course offered by WestEd. (www.readingapprenticeship.org/course/reading-apprenticeship-101)
VISTA Student Support Certificate – currently in development, this faculty development activity aims to support full-time and adjunct faculty with how to best support our Hispanic and low-income students with issues related to the grant’s competitive preference priorities of career readiness/guided pathways and financial literacy. The certificate will also cover issues related to data literacy and the power of data to inform best practice.
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTLE) renovation/construction continues – Despite challenges with supply chain that have impacted the original completion deadline, construction continues through the Spring 2022 semester. With much anticipation, it is now projected that the Center will be ready for occupancy by the start of the fall 2022 semester. A Grand Opening celebration will be planned to officially open its doors to the PBSC family and surrounding communities.
Faculty Summer Institute 2022 – Belonging, Equity, and Student Success - For the 2nd summer in a row, faculty have been invited to participate in this innovative faculty development program that aims to support course redesign by infusing best teaching and learning practices into curricula to strengthen pedagogy and impact student success. A wide variety of courses, many representing key gateway courses, will be involved as these often are critical and defining student progress milestones along the path to graduation. The institute will be held in May/June 2022 and selected full-time and adjunct faculty will produce course blueprints that will serve as their guide for implementation over the course of the 2022-23 academic year. A showcase of their work will be planned for later in the year.
Reading Apprenticeship Program – A 2nd cohort of 8 additional faculty completed participation in the RA 101 course in March 2022. The RA framework will serve as another tool in the toolbox to enhance teaching and learning at the college. To date, 12 faculty/staff have participated in RA 101.
VISTA Student Support Certificate – The VISTA faculty development certificate program is almost ready to roll out. The training program will include 10 hours of asynchronous CANVAS based training materials and exercises on the topics of 1) Data Literacy, 2) Career readiness/guided pathways, and 3) Financial Literacy. The goal of this training is to build awareness, as well as better equip and empower faculty to support students within their classes in a comprehensive and holistic way. These efforts will create a bridge from the classroom to a variety of existing student support services. It is expected to launch summer 2022 with an initial cohort of 5 full-time faculty, but quickly scale up to include approximately a combined 90 full-time and adjunct faculty during the 2022-23 academic year.
Activities and Initiatives are still being planned and will be announced soon!
Expected Outcomes through Title V Initiatives by 2025:
- 10% increased success rate of Hispanic and low-income students in gateway courses.
- 10% increased Fall-to-Fall retention of part-time students.
- 10% increased Fall-to-Fall retention of Hispanic and low-income students.
- Increased four-year completion rate of Hispanic and low-income students.
- Close the 6.4% gap in graduation rate between Hispanic and low-income students and all others.
We invite you to check back often for progress on the various initiatives, which may vary based on need, formative assessment, and overall evaluation of efforts to date.
For more information, please contact:
Lisa M. Walther
Title V Grant Program Director