St. Petersburg college initiatives
St. Petersburg College continues to bolster its national reputation and leadership in designing and implementing high-quality, structured Career and Academic Pathways for all students.
St. Petersburg College was chosen recently as one of only 30 community colleges in the nation, and only one of four in the state, to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Pathways Project. During the project - funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - college officials attend collaborative institutes, where participants share best practices that can be replicated at other schools.
SPC was chosen based on its work over the last several years to merge academic and student support services into a holistic, meaningful approach to help students successfully earn degrees and certifications more quickly. The result is the convergence of a five-pronged approach to student support called The College Experience and the college's new Career and Academic Pathways into a seamless experience of support and direction for students.
Known as the AACC Guided Pathways, concerted efforts aim to create a unified student experience, take the guesswork out of course selection, offer personalized support, deliver relevant and clear communication and provide students with a concise roadmap to graduation and economic opportunity.
The COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
The College Experience is a collegewide initiative comprised of five core student support measures: new student orientation; integrated academic and career advising; student learning plans; early alerts and student coaching system; and out of classroom supports.
ACHIEVING THE DREAM
For its ongoing work on student success, in 2012 SPC joined the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, the nation's most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. In 2015, Achieving the Dream named SPC a Leader College, a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. SPC was the only college in Florida selected to receive the designation that year and continues to work on success efforts.
Moving the Needle Conference
Each year, St. Petersburg College hosts the Moving the Needle Conference, which brings together hundreds of educators from across the country to share best practices and learn new ways to improve the use of “real time” data for the purpose of increasing student success.