Three Sussex County Community College (SCCC) professors have been rewarded for their plans to promote success in the classroom through professional development with mini-grants from the Center for Student Success from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges
Dr. Dominic Carbone, Jumana Hablawi and Terry Johnson were selected from SCCC’s applications for their professional development initiatives.
Dr. Carbone, Instructor of Psychology, seeks to create a standardized assessment for students in Introductory Psychology to determine what delivery methods work best. Students in traditional, online-only, and blended sections will be assessed at the end of the semester to see where each method excels and re-work where it does not.
He will attend the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science to help further this goal.
Instructor Hablawi, who teaches biology, seeks to assess students not at the end of the term, but in real-time using “clickers.” With these devices, students will be able to answer multiple choice questions during her lectures, thus allowing her to assess the class’s overall understanding of a topic and re-discuss if needed.
Hablawi will attend a conference on evidence-based teaching and learning to help implement her program.
Focusing on college readiness rather than assessment, Adjunct Professor Johnson will attend Readiness Courses Training to find out how best to implement her proposed project. Her goal is to create an online forum through which school district teachers and community college professors can communicate and post coursework. Teachers can then better prepare their students for the expectations of college, while professors can learn how their incoming freshmen have been learning and how it will affect their future studies.
These $500 Student Success Innovation Mini-Grants are part of an initiative to enhance the experience of students, faculty, administrators, and staff in New Jersey’s 19 community colleges by encouraging the entire school community to create a culture of growth and success.
Priority was given to applicants who met the Strategic Goals for Student Success developed by a collaboration of college trustees and presidents.
The mini-grants are supported by a larger grant from the Kresge Foundation.
Sussex County Community College offers an array of degree and certificate programs. Registration is open for the fall semester. Please visit sussex.edu or call Admissions at 973.300.2223 for further information.