Making Connections for Success

The concept of student success runs through our strategic plan, Transformative Education, and is the primary focus of the entire college community. Everything we plan, implement and assess is based on positively impacting student success.

Over the last three years, through the innovative and collaborative work of faculty and staff at the college, we have streamlined our enrollment processes, implemented a Success From Day One program, and worked to get students better connected to the college. All of these efforts are based on research, data and best practices for improving student success. We have made tremendous progress, but we still have work to do.

For two years, we piloted a new academic calendar that included faculty involvement in student orientation and advising, as well as professional-development activities during the week before Labor Day weekend. This year, we are piloting a video-based online orientation for new students, along with opportunities for these students to attend FYE and IDS courses during the summer. For more information on the New Student Onboarding process, click here. We believe these new initiatives will help get students connected and prepared for the start of the semester. Once the semester has begun, additional academic and co-curricular programs will further promote student success.

This fall, we will be starting the semester with a full day of professional-development activities for faculty and staff on the day after Labor Day – Tuesday, Sept. 3 – and classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The Spring 2020 semester will begin with a full day of professional-development activities on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 – and classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 22.  Download a copy of the updated Academic Calendar.

During fall and spring semesters there will be the equivalent of two additional Professional Days, but these may be broken up into half-day and asynchronous segments. The Professional Development Advisory Committee, under the leadership of Peter Shea, will work with groups across campus to design engaging, flexible and valuable professional-development opportunities.

We are still searching for the best way to start the semester, taking into account how to have faculty and students ready to go on the first day of class, while also maintaining a robust professional-development agenda at the college. We look forward to a meaningful dialogue about these issues in the coming months and welcome your input on these matters. We recognize that ongoing professional development is a key to meeting the needs of all our faculty and staff, as well as maintaining MCC’s status as the premier community college in the Commonwealth.

Thank you for all you do for MCC and our students,

Jim Mabry


Last Modified: 9/18/19