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Gateways to Completion (G2C)

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Project Summary

The University of Central Arkansas is participating in the Gateways to Completion (G2C) initiative, in collaboration with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. G2C is a three-year, evidence-based process for creating an institutional plan to improve student learning and success in high-enrollment courses that have historically resulted in high rates of Ds, Fs, Withdrawals, and Incompletes (DFWI) especially for low-income, first-generation, or historically underrepresented students. High-risk gateway courses at UCA are those with DFWI rates of 20% or higher, and/or significant achievement gaps in completion among student populations.

The G2C process at UCA began in Spring 2018. During the summer, faculty and administration selected the following four courses to be part of the first G2C cohort:

The G2C Steering Committee and Department Course Committees (see links above) will be meeting throughout AY 2018–2019 to assess course outcomes and identify potential changes to the curriculum, pedagogy, or course support efforts geared toward improving success rates and narrowing achievement gaps in these courses. The departments will implement and assess at least one change to their courses in AY 2019–2020, and then refine and assess again in AY 2020–2021.

For more information on the G2C Process, see: https://www.jngi.org/gateways-to-completion/.

G2C Committees

Steering Committee

G2C Co-Liaisons

Kurt Boniecki, Associate Provost for Instructional Support
Julia Winden Fey, Director of the Office of Student Success

Course Committee Co-Chairs

Stephanie Watson, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Accounting
Laura Young, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting
Shawn Charlton, Professor, Department of Psychology
Bill Lammers, Professor, Department of Psychology
Ed Powers, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
Lynne Rich, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
Cristine Busser, Assistant Professor, School of Communication
Laura Niswonger, Lecturer II, School of Communication

CTE Instructional Coaches

Candice Barnes, Associate Professor, Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education
Patty Kohler Evans, Director of the Mashburn Center of Learning and Professor, Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education
Amy Hawkins, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence

Ex Officio Members

Amber Hall, Director of the Office of Institutional Research
Angela Webster, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

G2C Advisor

John N. Gardner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

ACCT 2310 Course Committee

Course Committee Co-Chairs

Stephanie Watson, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Accounting
Laura Young, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting

Course Committee Members

Louisa Moseley, Resident Master, Business Residential College at Bear Hall
Steven Nelson, Lecturer I, Department of Accounting
Karen Oxner, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting
Ashley Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting
Mark Reavis, Assistant Professor of Finance, Department of Economics, Finance, Insurance and Risk Management

CTE Instructional Coach

Candice Barnes, Associate Professor, Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education

PSYC 2330 Course Committee

Course Committee Co-Chairs

Shawn Charlton, Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Bill Lammers, Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling

Course Committee Members

Lora Adair, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Darshon Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Brian Bolter, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Veda Charlton, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Anna Park, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Shannon Reidmueller, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Mike Scoles, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Marc Sestir, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling
Ken Sobel, Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling

CTE Instructional Coach

Amy Hawkins, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence

SOC 1300 Course Committee

Course Committee Co-Chairs

Ed Powers, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
Lynne Rich, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology

Course Committee Members

Rifat Akhter, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
Doug George, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
Desmond Jones, Lecturer I, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
Stacy Lom, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
John Toth, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology

CTE Instructional Coach

Patty Kohler Evans, Director of the Mashburn Center of Learning and Professor, Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education

WRTG 1310 Course Committee

Course Committee Co-Chairs

Cristine Busser, Assistant Professor, School of Communication
Laura Niswonger, Lecturer II, School of Communication

Course Committee Members

Amy Baldwin, Director and Senior Lecturer, Department of Student Transitions
Katherine Bray, Lecturer II, School of Communication
Lanette Grate, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication
Mary Ellen Kubit, Adjunct Instructor, School of Communication
Steven Lance, Lecturer II in Writing, School of Communication
Lisa Mommsen, Lecturer II, Intensive English Program, Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures
Carl Olds, Resident Master, Stars Residential College at Short/Denney Hall
Jen Talbot, Associate Professor, School of Communication

CTE Instructional Coach

Patty Kohler Evans, Director of the Mashburn Center of Learning and Professor, Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education