Gateway Community of Practice
The Community Education Coalition awarded funds to the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning to manage the work of the Gateway Community of Practice. IUPUC, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus, and the EcO Attainment Network are collaborative partners in this initiative with a goal to increase student success in gateway courses. Success in gateway courses improves student retention and degree completion leading to improved career and employment opportunities in the region. The initiative includes both instructor-driven and student-delivered strategies and will collect and analyze data to determine the most impactful approaches to increase gateway course success.
Professional Development to Support Faculty
Since 2016, eight IUPUC and Ivy Tech Community College Columbus faculty members have participated in the Gateway to Completion Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA). Educators implement best-practice improvement strategies in their gateway courses then document and share their experiences and results. Data such as grade distribution, retention, and course satisfaction are examined to assess the effectiveness of the strategies implemented. These 2017 TLA cohort members implemented their strategies during the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Leigh Britt, Visiting Lecturer, Mathematics, Division of Science, IUPUC
- Candy Knight, Assistant Professor of English, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus
- Heather Krebs, Adjunct Instructor, Mathematics, Division of Science, IUPUC
- Jocelyn Ramos, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Assistant Program Chair – Life and Physical Science, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus
Read a summary of their work.
The Gateway Leadership Team designs professional development programming each academic year. Ivy Tech and IUPUC faculty are encouraged to attend these sessions to hear about strategies implemented locally and learn about other best-practice instructional approaches. During 2017-2018, approximately 45 educators attended nearly 100 hours of professional development programming facilitated by the Gateway Community of Practice. Adjunct faculty who routinely attend Gateway sessions and implemented improvement strategies in their courses earned Gateway Fellows status and will be recognized at the Gateway Kickoff on September 14, 2018.