Updated: May 30, 2012 1:52AM
GRAYSLAKE — College of Lake County officials have approved three new projects focused on improving students’ academic success.
The projects are part of the Academic Quality Improvement Program — a continuous quality improvement process for accreditation used by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.
The three projects are:
■ Removing Barriers to Completion: This project will consist of implementing recommendations developed in Fiscal Year 2012 for support services, teaching approaches and other practices to remove barriers that prevent students from completing an associate degree or career certificate. The project is part of the college’s commitment to encourage college completion under the Complete College America Initiative.
■ Student Success Program: This project will implement strategies to address the needs of students in danger of dropping out, specifically, first generation, part-time, returning adult students and those who fall below the satisfactory academic progress level necessary for retaining financial aid. Among the services included in the project are providing students with academic coaches, who will help them find solutions to family, work, financial aid and academic challenges.
■ Transitioning Adult Students to College: This project will focus on improving college services in support of adults receiving public assistance or eligible for Trade Adjustment Act funds in transitioning to college study. A major feature of the project will be opening a transition center to assist such students in navigating their way through the college admission process.