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HCC Setting The Standard for Higher Education Innovation

Houston, TX [July 9, 2012] – For a fifth year, Houston Community College Chancellor Mary S. Spangler has awarded grants for innovative project proposals designed to improve access and success for HCC’s students.

HCC’s faculty and staff continue to respond enthusiastically to the chancellor’s challenge. The program encourages innovative thinking with the potential for significant impact on HCC’s strategic goals to advance teaching and learning, and it rewards collaboration among the departments and colleges within HCC. The application process for proposals is detailed and comprehensive. Budgets proposals have to meet specific criteria and are meticulously monitored. The evaluation process focuses on demonstrating outcomes to achieve project objectives.

The success of programs developed during the previous four years, which included iPhone and eBook technologies as substitutes for traditional paper course materials, generated enthusiasm and creativity in this year’s proposals. The proposals this year center on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Three programs won the competition for Cycle Five of the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Award (CIFA).

The Engineering Advising App Project

The Engineering Advising App project will develop an application for students’ iDevices that will facilitate increased ease of advising, enrollment and completion of engineering coursework. The project will also explore incorporation of the Career Coach advising program into its format. Dr. Bart Sheinberg is the Project Principal.

The PRIME Project (Pre-Registration Math Enrichment)

The PRIME project will conduct demonstrations of the effect of retesting alone and retesting plus student-directed preparation on scores for college-readiness tests and will determine the protocols and conditions necessary for such retesting strategies to accelerate completion of the development sequence of courses. The project will also monitor the development of the new THECB TSI test. Dr. Susan Fife is the Project Principal.

The STEM Fair Project

The STEM Fair project will determine the protocols and conditions necessary to conduct a STEM-focused student competition and use social media strategies to improve the perception by students regarding STEM careers, degrees and course work. The student competition event will be conducted in the 2013 spring semester. Stephanie Jones, Regina Wilson and Chris Bourne are Project Principals.

The projects will last for one year and commence September 1, 2012. The ideas submitted for each award cycle continue to confirm the purpose of CIFA as a driver of institutional improvement at HCC by providing resources to employees for ideas that challenge existing assumptions and practices.

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society.

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Lesa Spivey
Office of HCC Communications
P 713.718.5438

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