GOCC is highlighted in national report

I am pleased to share that Glen Oaks Community College is highlighted in a national report that identifies high-impact educational practices in community colleges.

The report “A Matter of Degrees: Engaging Practices, Engaging Students,” shares 12 high-impact educational practices that community colleges can employ to increase student engagement and success.

In it, GOCC is credited with instituting an attendance policy requiring faculty to track and report attendance during the first three
weeks of the term.

This national recognition is due to the impressive work of everyone, faculty and student support staff. As part of the new policy, absences are reported to Student Services, including financial aid advisors, who use the information to identify specific problems and encourage the students to get back to class.

The Financial Aid Office may freeze financial aid for students who are not attending class regularly — minimize the number of students who jeopardize their financial aid eligibility. The students receive letters outlining alternatives ranging from seeking free tutoring to withdrawing from the course.

The report, released by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Community College Student Engagement, is part of a series presenting key findings from a multi-year Center initiative—Identifying and Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges—and describes the relationships between students’ participation and their levels of engagement in college.

– Dr. Gary Wheeler
President, Glen Oaks Community College


GOCC Activities

  • Glen Oaks Community College will host “Return 2 Learn,” a special college information session for adult learners on Tues., November 5 from 6:30 to 8p.m. in the Dresser Business Development Center.
  • GOCC will host a special film “Road to Andersonville” on Thurs., December 5 at 6 p.m. in the Nora Hagen Theatre. The film documents the Michigan Native American participation in the Civil War. Historian Chris Czopek, and author of “Who was Who in Company K,” will speak about Company K and introduce the film. Watch for more details on this special presentation.
  • Seven nursing students were recipients of awards presented by the GOCC Friends and Alumni of Nursing at its annual conference in early October. Receiving the National Council of State Board of Nursing License Exam (NCLEX) award were: Amanda Vasquez, Erin Clous, Sabrina Jones, Tracy Roberts, Claire Strong, Julie Fulton and Julie Park. In addition, Amanda Vasquez also received the Excellence in Nursing Scholarship.
  • GOCC recently donated 28 surplus Dell computers and 68 Dell monitors to Burr Oak Community Schools. The College worked with the St. Joseph County Schools Information Services, who identified the need at Burr Oak Community Schools.


The GOCC Nursing Health Advisory Committee

The GOCC Nursing Health Advisory Committee met for the bi-annual meeting in October. The committe serves in an advisory capacity and counsels the Nursing Department on various topics of an educational and technical nature. Members offer advice for maintenance and development of programs and serve as community and professional representatives in assisting GOCC to maintain programs that meet student
and community needs. They also keep GOCC informed of the need for curriculum and course evaluation and revision. The committee responds to the requirements outlined by the Michigan Dept. of Education and/or the Michigan State Board of Nursing.


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