Manchester Community College (MCC), building upon AAC&U’s L.E.A.P. goals, embeds five institutional learning goals across the student experience at the College: Knowledge of Human Culture and the Physical World; Intellectual and Practical Skills; Personal and Social Responsibility: Understanding of Self, and Integrative Learning. The College spotlighted integrative learning as an institutional priority in its Strategic Plan in 2009, and integrative learning remains an area of institutional priority in both the academic curriculum and the co-curriculum in the College’s forthcoming Strategic Plan (2014). MCC is committed to an integrated general education core curriculum, which models and builds integrative learning skills across academic disciplines, programs and the co-curriculum. These integrative skills, including problem solving and inquiry based learning, require use of High Impact Practices (HIPs) such as cohort learning, NACADA’s proactive advising, civic engagement and service learning.
Manchester Community College’s participation in the Roadmap Project aims to help every student identify a clear pathway to success from their first expression of interest to meeting their educational goals. MCC provides access and pathways for students whether they are college ready, need developmental work, are pursuing credit, non-credit learning, or are lifelong learners. MCC’s Roadmap project will make transparent the variety of models and opportunities available for our diverse community of learners. This project aims to broaden student understanding of integrative learning and provide consistent exposure to High Impact Practices throughout their educational career at MCC. The MCC Roadmap Team’s goal is to design and embed “Educational Mapping” as a virtual game model. The embedded “Educational Mapping” component will help students identify coherent educational pathways that optimize integrative skills and knowledge in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning within the college’s general education core and academic programs.
MCC’s Roadmap will provide an access point in facilitating student understanding of the diverse educational pathways open to them while providing coherence in navigating this process. This virtual game model will help students, advisors, mentors, faculty, and professionals in Student Affairs, Registrar, and Financial Aid offices more effectively and comprehensively serve students as they prepare, plan and navigate their academic careers. This Educational Map can be embedded into specific courses such as First Year Experience, developmental English, Adults in Transition, Summer Training and Academic Retention Service (STARS) as well as MCC’s recently launched Foundations in Retention, Success, and Transition (F.I.R.S.T.) Program. It also has the potential to be embedded in New Student Orientation, Student Government Association, student clubs, Student Retention Services and Student Advising Seminar sessions, and ultimately available to all students.
For more information on these project goals, see Manchester's Action Plan from the 2013 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.