Goal D 6: Raise the institutional position and profile of the College within the community to help shape regional growth
Objective D 6.1. Provide knowledge and expertise of faculty, staff and students to the region
- Maintained community partnerships locally and regionally through involvement in economic development and business groups, schools and school districts, corporations and foundations, and non-profits.
Objective D 6.2. Develop and sustain collaborative partnerships with community members and organizations to maximize student engagement and community involvement
- Established a relationship with community agencies for students to receive medical treatment for services not offered directly by the Health Center.
- Partnered with Department of Public Health (DPH) during STI Awareness month in April to offer students free STI testing. (SHC will continue this initiative until testing kits are used and/or approval from DPH to make health center a free testing site.)
- Established new referral source for student walk-in appointments with local physician (Dr. Lee, Partners in Health).
- Provided effective health promotional programming to students through collaborative partnerships within Student Affairs, the college campus, and community, that included:
- Glynn County Health Department – Free HIV Testing, Movie: Life Support (true story of a woman struggling to get her life together after being diagnosed with HIV), Sexual Health Panelist for Sex in the Dark (anonymous Q&A session with students).
- Safe Harbor – Speak Out: Jeffrey Garris -Transition from Victim to Survivor.
- Peer Educators – Wellness Pitstop (Nutrition Challenge and Smoothies), Spring Break Rules (distributed safety kits to students on campus), Cookies and Condoms (distributed safe sex facts).
- Office of Diversity – Heart Health Snack Baskets (Black History Month).
- Student Life – Get Your Pink On (Breast Cancer Event).
- Housing – No Means No Week (Sexual Health Event).
- Career Services – Mariner Leadership Academy Presentation “Sex in the Workplace.”
Objective D 6.3. Collaborate with educational and economic partners to guide the development of programs to meet the needs for regional growth
- Maintained an educational partnership between the College and City of Brunswick to offer courses and degrees that meet the professional needs of city employees.
- Continued participation in 1 Million Cups, promoting a support system of entrepreneurship in Brunswick.
- Established new partnerships with local health facilities to serve as clinical and service-learning sites for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Sciences program.
- Established partnership with Sapelo Island for an experiential learning upper level topics course in biology.
- Worked with Georgia Power to receive grant funds for STEM initiatives.
- Established new partnerships with local elementary schools for practicum sites for education students.
Objective D 6.4. Integrate and enhance student learning and development through experiential activities that address community needs
- Continued to enhance current partnerships and built new partnerships with community organizations to provide students with more service and work opportunities and more joint college/community programs; e.g., Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and Safe Harbor.
- Provided over 15 organized community service opportunities for CCGA students, the highest number in the history of the program.
Objective D 6.5. Expand efforts to develop educational partnerships and pathways with local P-12 school systems, technical college systems, and the University System of Georgia
- Dual-Enrollment Program: offers high school students an opportunity to take college courses and earn credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and post-secondary requirements. Streamlined the processes for high school students in the Dual Enrollment program and completed an assessment of the program with a focus on student success; enrollment survey will be sent to both parents and students.
- Accelerated: offers admission to traditional freshmen with an academic GPA of 3.0+ without submitting standardized test scores. Before registration, students must submit national standardized test scores. Though the number of students admitted was lower in 2017, most of those admitted enrolled, generating a high yield from these students. Students in this pathway were previously offered the iSAT free of charge after admission; with the discontinuation of the iSAT during the spring of 2018, the institution will start using the Residual ACT to satisfy the standardized test score requirement.
- SEASTARS: offers admission to traditional freshmen whose standardized test scores fall between the USG’s and College’s minimum test score requirements. The initial enrollment of this pathway (2016) exceeded capacity and services needed to support retention of this population were delivered in a systematic way. As a result of data consultation and conversations with Academic Affairs, limited admission was offered for this program in order to ensure that the college could service the students. A cap-range for new enrollment in SEASTARS was established, 25 to 30.
- Adult Learner: offers admission to all students who have a High School Diploma or GED and have either no prior college or are returning after several years. In lieu of standardized test scores, placement exams can be used for registration. This population is difficult to recruit for and predominately self-selecting. Though there were fewer applications in 2017, enrollment through this pathway in was down by just one.