Focus on Student Success Grants Program

CURRENT AWARDS

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will seek to support those proposals that, based on the Selection Criteria, score 25 (approximately 75% of the total) or more points. A pool of one-time funds totaling $35,000 has been established for the Focus on Student Success Grants Program.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, two proposals have been approved for funding by the Focus on Student Success Grants Program. Information about these proposals follows.

Project Title: Pilot Phase Projects in Support of Revision of the Developmental and General Education Mathematics Program

Primary author:  

  • Kirk Weller, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics Department (Department Head)


Secondary authors:

  • Roxanne Cullen, College of Arts and Sciences, Languages and Literature Department
  • Megan Gibson, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics Department
  • Victor I. Piercey, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics Department
  • Joseph Tripp, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics Department
  • Jerome Trouba, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics Department


Abstract
: There are numerous efforts nationwide to improve and revise the content and delivery of developmental and general education mathematics. The purpose of these efforts is to provide students with mathematical experiences that are more inclusive and relevant In 2004, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the principal teaching organization of the higher education mathematics community, created a special interest group on quantitative literacy. For more than a decade, the MAA has hosted at its national meetings contributed paper sessions on developmental and general education mathematics. . This goal embodies Woodbridge Ferris’ vision to create an educational institution that supports “all people, regardless of race or station.” In the spirit of this vision, a small group of faculty from the Mathematics Department and the Languages and Literature Department have launched several pilot projects that will serve as a catalyst for a substantive revision of the developmental and general education mathematics program at Ferris. This specific proposal calls for support for student/faculty partnerships to analyze the data generated from these pilot projects. These partnerships would provide opportunities for student research, support the dissemination of research results, lead to course improvement, and serve as the seeds of change for a wider revision of the general education mathematics curriculum at FSU.

Approved budget: $22,850.00

Status: Project began in Spring 2014


Project Title: College Awareness and Transition Supports Program 

Primary author:

  • Christine Conley-Sowels, College of Education and Human Services, School of Education


Secondary authors:

  • Cheri Cramer, College of Education and Human Services, School of Education
  • Marcy Jaques, College of Education and Human Services, School of Education
  • Kim Dickman, Retention and Student Success, Educational Counseling and Disability Services
  • Marie Yowtz, Retention and Student Success, Educational Counseling and Disability Services


Abstract:
The College Awareness and Transition Supports (CATS) program was developed as a pilot program in 2013 to assist high school juniors and seniors with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and/or High-Functioning Autism (HFA) in transitioning to college. The intent of the CATS program is to provide strategies and resources to aid in the success of these individuals as they plan for college. The program focuses on teaching self-awareness and self-advocacy skills based on the individual strengths and areas of struggles of participating students. This grant will allow us to serve approximately 10 - 12 high school juniors and seniors from several surrounding local school districts. During the Spring and Summer 2014 semesters, the selected students will attend four days on FSU campus to learn the specific skills and resources outlined in the program. In the 2014 Fall semester, the CATS program will be additionally enhanced by offering a new mentoring process for FSU students who’ve attended the CATS program during 2013 and/or 2014. This mentoring process will assist in assuring a successful transition into university life. Our goal is to assist in the retention and success of students with AS and/or HFA as they transition from high school to FSU.

Approved budget: $8,390

Status: Project began in Spring 2014