UACCB receives $2.25 million grant

Posted Date - 10/22/20
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville is proud to announce it has received a $2.25 million Title III Strengthening Institution Program (SIP) grant award from the U.S. Department of Education for the “Better Teaching, Better Learning” project. The Strengthening Institution Program is designed to help higher education institutions expand their capacity to serve at-risk students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

UACCB’s “Better Teaching, Better Learning” project evolved with the campus integration of Guided Pathways. Two workgroups focused on the topics of teaching and technology.  The first group, the Teaching and Learning workgroup, was co-chaired by Ms. Susan Tripp. The second group, an ad hoc Teaching Technology workgroup, was chaired by the late Dr. Jo Stephens. The two workgroups discussed methods of how the institution could invest in innovation and best practices. Dr. Anne Austin and Dr. Brian Shonk, assisted by campus constituency, worked with Ramona Munsell and Associates to develop the grant.

The $2.25 million, five-year grant will provide funding to allow faculty to participate and gain certification from Quality Matters (QM), a nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting and improving the quality of online education and student learning, as well as the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). According to the organization’s website, “the ACUE prepares, credentials, and provides on-going support to faculty in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that promote student engagement, persistence to graduation, career readiness, and deeper levels of learning. Faculty who satisfy the requirements of ACUE’s courses through institutional partnerships or open enrollment courses earn certificates in effective college instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education.”

Through the grant, UACCB faculty will also have the opportunity to receive training on utilizing reports through Blackboard Analytics. The reporting will allow earlier identification of student needs and student interventions. This effort should increase student academic success and improve student persistence and retention.

In addition, a Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence will be developed, which will support inquiry and access to the most current and innovative teaching and learning techniques. The funding to assist in the development and redesign of educational materials utilizing Open Educational Resources (OCR) will also be provided through the Title III grant. The grant also provides funding for additional personnel to support the grant activities.

“We are thrilled to receive news of the grant award,” said Chancellor Deborah Frazier. “Since March, the UACCB faculty and staff have demonstrated resilience and a strong desire to engage and encourage students during challenging and difficult times. The Title III grant will allow the institution to create teaching and learning environments with one focus, academic student success, which is the key motivator that drives our campus community.”

About UACCB

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville provides quality educational opportunities within a supportive learning environment. The college promotes success through community partnerships, responsive programs, and an enduring commitment to improvement.

UACCB is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. UACCB is authorized to offer the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board and NCA. As a state-supported, two-year institution, UACCB is recognized by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, the Arkansas Department of Career Education, and the Arkansas State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Training for financial aid purposes.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that he will not renew the statewide mask mandate that expires at midnight tonight; however, school districts, private businesses, and medical facilities may still require patrons to wear masks as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19 under the revised guidelines. The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will maintain mask use and social distancing protocols on campus through the end of the spring semester. During its meeting on Friday, March 19, 2021, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee discussed the topic of continuing the mask mandate on campus after the statewide mandate expires March 31. Campus constituents, including representatives from the faculty senate, staff senate, Student Government Association and the cabinet were involved in the discussion. It was agreed that continuing to follow mask use and social distancing protocols was in the best interest of the campus community.

 

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the campus reported its fifth straight week of having zero positive self-reported cases of COVID-19 associated with the campus. Our students, faculty, and staff have shown outstanding diligence in wearing face coverings and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campus community is asked to continue in its diligence to keep members of campus safe and healthy, not only for the benefit of campus but our community as well.



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