Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.38
Liaison James Taylor
Submission Date Nov. 18, 2011
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Anne Arundel Community College
PAE-8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Richard Cerkovnik
STEM Center
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support under-represented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the student body:

Under-represented groups and programs on campus
1. Black Student Union
Provides a forum to discuss issues of interest to black students and the broader local community, facilitates access to all college and community resources and offers students an opportunity to give back to the college community. Students participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Breakfast, Black History Month activities and host guest lecturers.
2. Students Organized for Disability Awareness (SODA)
This organization, consisting of students with disabilities and other interested students, attempts to stimulate and sensitize the population of AACC to the needs and issues of the students with disabilities on this campus. It is the goal of this organization to provide peer support, educational programs, social activities, resource referrals and a source of advocacy to all challenged persons at AACC.
3. Women in Leadership
The objective of this club is to create a community of women who will learn about and train in new models of leadership by creating dialogue among diverse groups and build bridges between AACC students and the community.
4. Multicultural Recruitment - Admissions Office
5. Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP)

The Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP) is designed to provide students with one-on-one relationships with Advisers, mentors, peers and community supporters. SASP targets students who are the first in their family to attend college; who need to build a foundation for success in college-level courses; and/or who need to learn to use college and community resources to meet their academic goals. The program provides incentive scholarships, mentoring relationships, regular academic monitoring, follow-up and tutoring. Successful SASP participants may be eligible for up to a $1,000 scholarship
SASP houses several student programs. Students who are first generation, minority and who may have developmental course requirements benefit from the services SASP Retention Advisors provide. The programs include:
FYE (the First Year Experience program which also includes an incentive scholarship)

SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAMS- SASP offers two summer programs that serve as feeders to SASP:
The Summer Bridge Program is a free four-week comprehensive program designed by faculty and staff that is scheduled each July. It addresses the unique needs of African American students by providing intensive reading, math and English review, and an introduction to college resources and life/study skills.
Adélanté! is a free two-week program designed to validate Hispanic culture that is scheduled each August. It introduces college level work in the Humanities and Arts, and emphasizes college resources with a focus on college expectations and life/study skills.
Both programs are designed to ease new student transition into college, and include instruction, mentoring, educational and cultural trips. Contact the SASP office for more information.
6. Testing Center (Academic Support Center)
The Testing Center provides testing accommodations for students who have a disability and ESL testing for students w whose first language is not English. ESL is English as a Second Language and this test is used to help determine a student’s skill level when using the English language. After the test is scored, you can review the results with an ESL Advisor and discuss suggestions on appropriate courses. Please visit www.aacc.edu/testing/testingplacement.cfm for a sample ESL Placement test.
7. Disability Support Services (DSS)
The DSS office provides equal access to educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities. Students interested in course accommodations must provide current documentation in order to receive accommodations. DSS provides students with a checklist to determine what documentation they will need for all DSS requests.

8. Tutoring
Our mission is to help students with diverse learning styles enhance their academic experience by providing individualized academic support. Every student enrolled at AACC is encouraged to use the services of the Academic Support Center. All of our services are designed to be flexible and free of charge. AACC’s Tutoring Program is nationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association.
The Tutoring Office and the Academic Labs work closely with SASP students and with all students who have academic needs or developmental course requirements.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the faculty:

There are currently no groups or clubs for underrepresented groups for faculty.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the staff:

There are currently no groups or clubs for underrepresented groups for staff.

The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

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