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Distance Education in Focus Grant

The Distance Education in Focus: Improving Course Design and Strengthening Student Support (InFocus) grant provides $2.68 million to support work that will increase student persistence, retention, and success for Hispanic and other low-income students. From the grant abstract, InFocus will accomplish this via:

    1. Improving academic support in high-risk online courses: InFocus will provide seed funding to help ACC phase in employment of three full-time Embedded Tutors who will, along with the college’s existing seven part-time online Embedded Tutors, support any of the approximately 4,600 credit students who are struggling to succeed in one or more of the college’s 14 online “high-risk” courses each year. High-risk courses are defined as those that are required for many associate and bachelor’s degrees but are successfully completed by less than 70% of the students who enroll in them each semester.
    2. Enriching learning in high-risk online courses: InFocus will provide funding to train distance education faculty in the nationally recognized Quality Matters rubric through the College’s Online Course Redesign Academy (OCRA) and to certify all online high-risk course curriculum via the QM certification process.
    3. Providing targeted, intensive advising support to online students who are struggling: InFocus will help ACC build its capacity to implement an evidence-based, intensive approach to intensive academic advising for online students who are struggling in high-risk courses.

Announcements

February 2021: Chelsea Snow, Distance Education Advising Specialist, presented at the Texas Advising Academic Network Virtual Conference (TEXAAN) and won the “Best in TEXAAAN” for her presentation, “Fostering Team Spirit in A Virtual Environment”. Chelsea co-presented with Jennifer Browning, Assistant for Student Affairs. Out of 30 formal presentations eligible for this award, their presentation received the highest participant feedback scores.

View Video – View Presentation

December 2020: Read more about the Infocus Grant: ACC Awarded Two National Grants to Target Equity Gaps in Higher Education.

Support Staff

Erasmus Addae
Project Director
Associate Vice President, Distance Education
erasmus.addae@austincc.edu

Denise Robledo
Manager, Instructional Design
Distance & Alternative Education
(512) 223-0449
denise.robledo@austincc.edu

Daniel Dawer
Distance Education Embedded Tutoring Specialist, InFocus Grant
daniel.dawer@austincc.edu

Jennifer Gray
Instructional Designer
Distance & Alternative Education
jgray@austincc.edu

Daniel “Jamey” Hall
Distance Education Embedded Tutoring Specialist, InFocus Grant
daniel.hall@austincc.edu

Virgil McCullough
Instructional Designer
Distance & Alternative Education
virgil.mccullough@austincc.edu

Chelsea Snow
Distance Education Advising Specialist, InFocus Grant
chelsea.snow@austincc.edu

Catherine Wadbrook
Distance Education Embedded Tutoring Specialist, InFocus Grant
catherine.wadbrook@austincc.edu

Advisory Committee

Contact

For any questions about the grant, please contact Denise Robledo, denise.robledo@austincc.edu.