September 24, 2004
INFORMATION: John McElwain or John Green, (661) 362-3494 or 3684
College Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Improve Services, Instruction
SANTA CLARITA The U.S. Department of Education has awarded College of the Canyons a $1.8 million grant to improve access to advising and counseling, automate support services, implement user-friendly on-line services, and improve teaching and learning.
During a time when state resources are greatly restricted, this grant will enable the college to enhance both student services and the quality of instruction, said Barry Gribbons, the colleges vice president of institutional technology and online services.
Many of the management processes on which students are dependent are handled manually, and some on-line services are difficult to use, Gribbons said.
This grant will help us tackle both of these issues, plus it will help our faculty work with each other to develop strategies for improving student success, he said.
The Department of Education grant totals $1,822,140, which will be disbursed to the college over a five-year period. The grant-funded project begins Oct. 1.
This grant will help the college overcome the challenge of providing adequate academic and support services during a time of high enrollment and state budget cuts, said Debra Malinowski, director of grants development. By making these improvements, students will have access to resources that will help them to be more successful in their academic pursuits.