Conference Presentations

Assessing Institutional Capacity for Mission-Fulfillment and Student Success

Delivered July 14, 2019
Presented by Greg Brazell, Thomas Broxson, Laurie Tripp Heacock

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Pierce College District 11

Institutions may differ in size, mission, and other factors. What they share in common is the need to holistically serve their students and respond to emerging needs. The Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) is an online survey that institutions can use to provide actionable data in seven fundamental areas. We'll describe how Pierce College used ICAT to gain insights, identify strengths and areas to bolster, facilitate conversation, and take concrete actions for transformative results. Pierce College is one of 11 community colleges selected nationally as an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction – a national designation awarded to community colleges that have demonstrated results in improving student success and closing achievement gaps. In the past eight years, Pierce College has doubled its 3-year graduation rate as a result of strategic student retention and completion efforts. This year, The Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program has recognized Pierce College as one of the top 10 colleges in the nation.