Lorain County Community College’s number one priority in our Vision 2020 is to “Drive Student Completion for Academic and Career Success.” The LCCC Student Success Agenda is in direct alignment with this priority and designed to focus our efforts on student success and completion of the student’s dreams and career goals. This can include a certificate, an associate degree, bachelor’s or higher degree, and/or a living wage job and career. Our ongoing efforts are to improve student access to higher education while ensuring equitable outcomes for all student groups and paving the way for easy and accessible transfer to a four year university. Our student completion efforts are evidence-based, data-informed and in partnership with national, grant-funded programs like Achieving the Dream and Frontier Set that are designed to increase student completion in community colleges and higher education.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonproﬁt organization that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certiﬁcate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by:
- improving results at institutions,
- influencing public policy,
- generating knowledge, and
- engaging the public.
LCCC is proud to be recognized as an Achieving the Dream Leader College since 2015 and celebrates this national achievement. This recognition is based upon the LCCC’s successful student success improvements which directly tie to Vision 2020. Leader college distinction from Achieving the Dream not only signifies the progress LCCC is making but also provides enhanced grant opportunities to support more student success initiatives.
Frontier Set is a national collaborative of 29 colleges and universities and two state systems of higher education. Established in 2017 and supported by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, its purpose is to identify, understand and share what works to accelerate student success, especially for low-income and first generation students, students of color and working adults. LCCC is proud to have been selected to participate and have the opportunity to be involved in innovative practices at the national level.
Complete College Ohio is a task force convened by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to address student completion in Ohio. The task force developed a report with 20 speciﬁc recommendations that identify policies, practices and programs for improving students’ college readiness, reducing the time it takes for students to attain a certiﬁcate or degree and incentivizing progress and completion. The overarching recommendation, Recommendation 1, requires each college, university and adult career technical center in the University System of Ohio to develop an institution-speciﬁc Campus Completion Plan consistent with the institution’s mission and strategic priorities.
Learn more at https://www.ohiohighered.org/completion.
In addition, other highlights of our student success work include the following:
- The Student Completion Council is charged with overseeing and monitoring the implementation of all priorities, strategies, and interventions in regards to student completion of courses and programs. The committee reports to and makes recommendations to the provost and, as needed, Curriculum Council. Membership of the Student Completion Council is comprised of students, faculty, staff and administration.
- The Equity for Students Team – (EST) is to oversee and monitor the implementation priorities, strategies and interventions that focus on closing the achievement gaps for students of color and underserved populations. The team will initially focus on defining equity so there is campus agreement on what it means, survey students to understand their expectations and the structural barriers they experience, provide professional development on issues related to equity to the campus community, and use the equity scorecard data to help identify barriers and potentials solutions. Student participation is paramount as this team moves forward.
- The Prioritizing Transfer Team oversees and monitors the implementation of priorities, strategies and interventions that focus on increasing the number and percentage of LCCC students who transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree. Initial emphasis is to facilitate the development of clear major-specific program maps, build new and strengthen existing transfer partnerships, and design a transfer-out center for students.
- The Emergency Aid Team will explore, create, oversee and monitor the implementation of priorities, strategies and interventions that focus on providing emergency aid to students in financial emergency/distress in an effort to mitigate life circumstances that are barriers to students attending and completing their courses and program of study. Initially, the team will focus on establishing a single-stop student resource center designed to break down structural barriers; connect to a fabric of campus and community resources to wrap around students for ultimate support; proactively reach out to students who are at risk before a crisis happens; and cut across campus and community organizations to facilitate access to resources for students.
Under the guided pathways approach to student success, our Program and Career Pathways allow students to explore your career options or get on track to the career they already have in mind. Whether the student intends to earn a certificate or degree from LCCC, or transfer to a University Partnership Program or another college or university, Program and Career Pathways is a great place to start: http://www.lorainccc.edu/programpathways. Academic advising have been reorganized into teams around the pathways to provide students with expert advice and guidance. Each student is assigned a personal advisor to work with from connection to completion. Assigned advisors can be found in the MyCampus Portal. Students can make an appointment online at http://www.lorainccc.edu/advising.
Innovative technology tools like Degree Map and Schedule Planner make the enrollment experience easy, friendly and informative. Degree Map helps students chart the best plan for success by showing requirements completed and those courses still remaining. Students can explore majors or minors and search local and national career opportunities. Schedule Planner automates course selection by identifying classes needed, blocking off unavailable times, and then generate schedule options based on identified preferences. Students have the opportunity to view all possible schedule scenarios and select and register for classes in MyCampus.
LCCC students are encouraged to take advantage of Support Services including:
CARE Center for Addiction Recovery
Children’s Learning Center
Hunger Free LCCC
Ride Share Program
Suicide Prevention Services
Women Empowered, Educated & Employed (WE3)
LCCC is committed to student success and to providing excellent service. We encourage students to provide feedback by completing a quick five-question survey at http://www.lorainccc.edu/survey.