Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.99
Liaison Marilyn Graham
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2012
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Brunswick Community College
PAE-8: Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Marilyn Graham
Innovation, Sustianaiblity, & Multicultural Programs
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

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

Brunswick Community College has various academic support programs in place for underrepresented groups on campus including: Brunswick Education Transition Center - La Plaza, Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP), Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Lab, GOALS and Minority Male mentoring Program.

Brunswick Education Transition Center (La Plaza) vision is to help Hispanic/Latinos of Brunswick County to transition from their language and culture to a better understanding of the English language, education and culture. The mission is to provide access to individuals seeking to improve their lives and well being by providing: education, training and re-training for the work force, including basic skills and literacy education, occupational training, support for economic development through services to business and industry and community service to improve the quality of life in Brunswick County. La Plaza provides referral service for a multitude of support programs to help individuals thrive academically and socially. Director, Fernando Trulin.

Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP) provides Compensatory Education classes in Language Arts, Math, Health, Social Studies, Community Living, and Vocational Education to enabling adults with Developmental Disabilities to fully participate in their communities. Instruction includes independent living skills and utilizes the BIP’s apartment complex. BIP provides Case Management services. Students are employed on transitional crews: grounds, custodial, and the Cook’s Nook cafeteria on the BCC Campus. Students learn about Intro to Customer Service and sales in the Beach Charms & Trinkets Gift Shop located behind Building E, beside the BIP greenhouse. Transportation is provided daily to BCC’s Main Campus and classes are scheduled 8:30 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Coordinator, Greg Bland.

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is a professionally staffed learning center offering individual tutoring, testing, computer access, and study assistance. ACE services are available during the college’s normal class hours, day and evening, at no cost to the student. Assistance is provided for reading, grammar, and mathematics at all times. The ACE provides access to word processing and the Internet for independent research and homework preparation, as well as, assistance in using academic software programs, such as Blackboard and student email. The ACE administers make-up tests for campus courses and collaborates with distance learning instructors from a number of institutions in the proctoring of tests and assignments for local residents participating in distance courses. Coordinator, Karen Ladley.

GOALS (Growing on All Levels Successfully) - Learning Communities offer first year students a unique opportunity to receive personalized advising and mentoring from GOALS faculty members as well as to form supportive social connections with their peers. This two semester, interdisciplinary program is intended to assist students in realizing their goals as students, individuals, and community members.

MINORITY MALE MENTORING PROGRAM - The purpose of the Minority Male Mentoring program is to improve the persistence of minority males toward successfully completing their education goals. This program provides activities, services, and resources to promote personal development and academic success. Among these activities are tutoring, seminars, and individual planning meetings. Strategies are tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. Program Coordinator, Willie Edney.

Student Government Association (SGA) represents the entire student body and plans various events throughout the year. Director of Counseling, Julie Olsen.

Brunswick County Early College High School is on BCC's main campus and is designed to that low-income youth, first-generation college-goers, English language learners, students of color and other young people underrepresented in higher education can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate's degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor's degree-tuition free. <www.earlycolleges.org>

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the faculty:

Faculty Senate - guest speakers series on sustainability and resources available to the faculty.

Article II
Purpose and Function

A. The purpose of the Senate is
1. To maintain high academic standards.
2. To sustain a high level of instructional standards.
3. To uphold professional ethics.
4. To recommend and implement BCC policies and procedures.
5. To promote the general welfare of the faculty.
B. The function of the Senate shall include the following
1. Making recommendations to the College President, as directed by the Senate, concerning any College matter directly or indirectly related to
a. Academic affairs,
b. The faculty as a body,
c. The development and recommendation of policies,
d. The mission statement.
2. Being represented by one or more faculty members on each College Committee, Council, task force, team, and any other group having to do directly or indirectly with academic affairs, the development and recommendation of College policies, and the mission statement.
Obtained from Dr. Kim Jones Faculty Senate President

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the staff:


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

The information was gathered from several sources within the college. Marilyn Graham was responsible for putting information together.

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