Lee receives grant for Developmental Ed program

Lee College recently was awarded $249,955 in grant funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to help the college expand the scope and reach of its Developmental Education program.

Established in 2012, the Developmental Education Scaling and Sustaining Success (S3) Grant is designed to inspire and enhance the efforts of institutions of higher education to significantly boost student success and college completion of under-prepared students. Twelve two-year grants were awarded to institutions producing comprehensive plans to increase the number of students impacted by promising practices.

Once a program plagued by high enrollment and low success rates, Lee College’s Developmental Education courses were re-organized under a centralized division in 2007. Efforts were placed on selecting a faculty leader and hiring instructors with experience, interest and coursework in remedial education. The team then worked together to implement a number of strategies and interventions, including fast-track courses, increased contact hours, an embedded counselor, and a learning strategies course.

Since being restructured, the program has experienced a 15-percent increase in overall student success and completion, and was recognized as a finalist for the THECB’s STAR Award in Oct. 2012.

The new grant funding will assist the college scale up existing bridge programs designed to prepare graduating seniors for college-level work in English and Math. Originally limited to Goose Creek CISD students and only offered in the summer, the courses will be offered throughout the year at other independent school districts in the college’s service area, and will teach students additional skills, including time management, organization and test taking strategies.

The college also plans to convert Developmental Education classrooms from traditional lecture classrooms, into studio learning environments emphasizing hands-on active learning methods.

“We are very excited about this grant,” said Lee College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Mary Ann Amelang. “Thanks to this new funding we will not only double the number of bridge programs currently offered, but provide four times as many students with the extra assistance they need to be successful in college, and later, the workforce.”

For additional information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 281.425.6256.