Aligning Learning and Academic Success
This cooperative arrangement Project “Aligning Learning and Academic Success (ALAS),” is a regional partnership that brings together the first and only public 4-year HSI to serve the Ventura County region, California State University Channel Islands (Lead), and three regional community colleges: Oxnard College (OC), Moorpark College (MC), and Ventura College (VC). These four cooperative partners will pool their resources and expertise to create the ALAS pipeline by focusing regionally on high-impact curricular practices and efficiencies that improve upon pathways to obtaining a 4-year degree and support high-need students at critical transition points in the 2-year to 4-year pipeline.
Project ALAS, through the Regional Faculty Fellowship, offers training in the integration of assessment systems to improve student retention and success; train-the-trainer model implementation including virtual access and modeling to strengthen institutional capacity through sustained faculty and staff development. Cross-institutional and regional faculty exchanges will better prepare students for success through infusion of HIP pedagogy and intentional alignment of course activities, reinforcement of basic skills in reading and writing, and awareness of students who are high need (first generation, low income, Hispanic, coming from foster care and migrant families, etc.) and how to best engage them in the university experience. Additionally, a rotating two-day Transfer Student Success Summit (paired with Transfer Student Success Academy) will be held each year on a different campus each year to ensure that all faculty and staff have opportunities to participate in cross-institutional exchanges that support transfer success.