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April 5, 2011


Contact:

Laura Hope
Dean, Instructional Support
Title V Grant Coordinator 909/652-6133


For Immediate Release


CHAFFEY COLLEGE IS THE NATION'S FIRST COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO IMPLEMENT STUDENT LEARNING AND RETENTION SYSTEM

(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Chaffey College announces a new initiative that will have far-reaching implications for the future of our nation's colleges and our economic strength. Chaffey College is the first community college in the nation to implement a proven learning and retention system college-wide.

Beginning next week, Chaffey will commence college-wide training of faculty in Learning to Learn, the only intervention that the U.S. Department of Education. This program has had significant, long-term impacts on both learning and retention through graduation for first-generation, low-income college students.

Chaffey's effort is the first of its kind because – through a grant funded by a Title V Hispanic-serving Institutions federal grant, starting in 2011-12, Learning to Learn will begin to be infused into all of Chaffey's instructional and student support efforts: All of the college's 20,000 students will receive ongoing instruction in Learning to Learn.

This is an unprecedented alliance in American higher education. It represents the first time that an established, research-based learning and retention system will reach the entire population of a large community college.

High attrition rates at our nation's colleges threatens our economic future. Nationally, only 20% of full-time community college students graduate within three years. However, 70% of these students will graduate within three years if they receive Learning to Learn training.

Chaffey is widely recognized as California's most innovative community college; Learning to Learn, Inc. is nationally known for its impact on student achievement and retention.

The results of this effort will respond to President Obama's call for effective innovation to solve one of the nation's most pressing problems: In his State of the Union message, the President stated that community colleges can be the engine for ensuring a strong economy – but that the low graduation rates of community students endanger our nation's economic future. The President called for a doubling of these students' graduation rates by 2010.

Chaffey College's planned college-wide infusion of Learning to Learn, with its dramatic impacts on student retention, will provide a national model – demonstrating that Obama's goal of doubling the number of college graduates by 2020 is well within reach.

For more information on the Chaffey College initiative or the Title V grant, contact the office of Instructional Support at 909/652-6113 or laura.hope@chaffey.edu

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Learning to Learn Training
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Campus
Faculty Success Center (ATL 109)

Thursday, April 6 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, April 7 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


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