Monroe Community College will develop and pilot a cohort-based enrollment design which will rethink and re-integrate student and academic services collaborations pertaining to registration, orientation, advisement, college success course, First Year Experience, and contextualization of curriculum in developmental coursework. Approximately 600 students in need of the lowest levels of developmental coursework offered at the institution will be organized into four cohorts or “academies” (STEM, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Applied Technologies).

Based on the Queensborough Community College model, each Academy will have an assigned First Year Coordinator (FYC) and a faculty coordinator. The FYC will become the point of contact for each student, reaching out to the student before beginning classes, and guiding the student through the cohort choice, advisement, financial aid, immunizations, and registration processes. This coordination with students will be maintained throughout the first year to support academic and retention activities, and assist with co-curricular planning, themed by Academy focus. Each Academy will also have a faculty coordinator working to ensure each student is experiencing at least one High Impact Practice and to facilitate critical curricular contextualization dialogue with the coordinating academic division, as well as, insuring seamless integrated activities and successful program changes as students complete their developmental coursework. Rigorous assessment measures will be fully developed, and will include retention rates, c or better rates and program change rates.

For more information on these project goals, see Monroe Community College's Action Plan from the 2013 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.