The Skyline College Promise
Promise Scholars Program
The Promise Scholars Program provides financial, academic and social boosts for all first-year students enrolled full-time. Modeled after CUNY ASAP, which has tripled student graduation rates, it’s designed to alleviate barriers that often keep first-year students from the strong start associated with finishing college. Financial incentives cover fees (the Skyline College Promise Scholarship) and underwrite the costs of books, technology and transportation. The Summer Scholars Institute, an intensive bridge program, eases transition into college and places students into college-level math and English in their first semester. And counselors provide personalized needs based support and coaching to help students succeed.
Students who love their classes stay in school, and faculty create the attraction. So we’re developing 21st-century pedagogy— modern teaching centered on best practices and critical consciousness. Research demonstrates students learn more when faculty adapt to students and course material is relevant. New faculty and staff professional development will infuse our pedagogy with cultural fluency and digital savvy. The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) will equip faculty with new tools and techniques to enhance learning outcomes. And our Comprehensive Diversity Framework applies an equity lens to our teaching practice, strengthening connections across Skyline College’s diverse student population.
Guided pathways intentionally support students in declaring a major, connecting their studies to careers and providing simple and clear requirements to finish their education. Guided pathways solve a pervasive community college problem: too many program and course choices with unclear completion tracks that inevitably lead to students taking more time, spending more money and taking more classes than necessary. By organizing education and career options within broad fields called meta-majors, we make it easier for students to explore directions based on their interests and abilities. By mapping the way through programs, we optimize time and money so students can finish college.
We’ll introduce meta-majors in fall 2018. Our plans include providing students, faculty and counselors access to real-time data on student performance in classes and programs, with online applications facilitating academic choices and tracking progress.