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Friday, October 21, 2016

Article About Eportfolios at SLCC appears in AACU's Peer Review

David Hubert, Assistant Provost of Learning Advancement at Salt Lake Community College, recently had his article “Eportfolios, Assessment, and General Education Transformation” appear in Peer Review, a publication of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The AACU calls itself “A voice and a force for liberal education in the 21st Century.” Hubert’s article can be found here in Peer Review’s Summer 2016 issue, which focuses on “Advancing Equity and Student Success through Eportfolios.”

David Hubert

Part of Hubert’s article reads:

“If a critical mass of a student’s instructors incorporate eportfolio effectively in their courses—instead of making it an add-on to an otherwise unchanged course—students begin to understand that eportfolios are a means of documenting and reflecting upon their learning. … We have evidence that eportfolios are helping students better understand and intentionally work toward general education learning outcomes. … After our ten-year accreditation visit in 2014, SLCC received a commendation from its regional accreditor for the way we use eportfolios to assess general education learning outcomes.”

Bridge to Success Wins National Award

Salt Lake Community College’s (SLCC) Bridge to Success program received the Most Innovative Program Award at Utah’s National Association for Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA) conference last month. The program was initially funded by an ImPACT subgrant in 2014 (known as the StepUp Ready grant), which is funded by the Utah System of Higher Education. The program has since grown and is part of the First-Year Experience program SLCC offers to new students–with preference given to first-generation college students and underrepresented students.

The program is a six-week non-credit hybrid course where students learn about:
   Academic and institutional tools for college success
   How to succeed in the classroom
   Tips and tricks for math success
   Understanding placement tests
   Developing a college completion and career exploration plan
   Writing a personal statement

Incentives to participate in the program include tuition waivers, priority class registration, on-campus jobs, and ongoing support through a students’ first year at SLCC.

Last academic year, the program expanded to include a math component and an in-depth math review taught by faculty. Outcomes already show 71% of students improved their math scores enough to skip one level of math remediation, saving them time and money. Retention rates among program participants were also higher than the college’s average, as much as 13% higher.

Student program participant comments:
“This program has helped me stay positive and on track as I’m closely approaching the first day of school, and I couldn’t be more eager to start.”

“The fact that I feel confident in going to college is enough to say that the Bridge to Success program has helped make me successful in college.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tanner Forum Features Robert Reich

Robert Reich, best-selling author and former Labor Secretary under President Bill Clinton, met with students Oct. 19 in a roundtable discussion at South City Campus before addressing a capacity crowd at the Grand Theatre as the 2016 Tanner Forum guest speaker. He also signed copies of his books. Below are a few highlights from those events. An article covering Reich's appearance at Salt Lake Community College will also appear in the upcoming edition of SLCC Magazine.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

College CTE Programs On Display at Expo

Salt Lake Community College's many CTE (Career and Technical Education) roles were on display Oct. 12-13 at the South Towne Expo Center during the event dubbed Pathways to Professions: Expanding the Workforce Pipeline. Below are a few highlights.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Reading Series Hosts Essayist Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Salt Lake Community College, as part of its Reading Series program, will host a reading by essayist Aisha Sabatini Sloan Oct. 26, 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Sabatini Sloan was born and raised in Los Angeles and writes about race and current events, often including analysis of art, film and pop culture. Her work has earned her finalist nominations for the 1913 First Book contest, the Write-A-House competition and the Disquiet Literary Prize. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named “notable” for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies. She is a contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics and a staff writer for Autostraddle, and her current work can be found in numerous publications throughout the country. She has also taught composition, literature and creative writing at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program and at Carlton College. Sabatini Sloan currently lives in Tuscon.

A passage from her recently published “A Road Trip With Your Father In Honor of His 74th Birthday, In Playlist Form,” at the Autostraddle website, reads, “The audiobook that your father has chosen for your journey to Vermont involves a question that, though explored in a manner that does not make you feel fully awake, elicits an exchange of raised eyebrows between the two of you: “Why aren’t Africans, Aborigines and Eurasians the ones who decimated, subjugated and exterminated other nations? Why indeed.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jekyll & Hyde Comes to Grand Theatre

Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre is hosting the musical production Jekyll & Hyde Oct. 6-29. Call 801-957-3322 or click the Grand Theatre website for days/times and ticket information.
  • Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden & Frank Wildhorn; Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse; Music by Frank Wildhorn
  • Main Stage, Musical
  • AWARDS: Tony Nominated; Winner-Drama Desk; Winner-Outer; Theatre World Award

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating ‘good’ from ‘evil’ in the human personality, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. As his fiancĂ©e Emma grows increasingly fearful for her betrothed, a prostitute, Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Inaugural NJCAA Soccer Season at SLCC Drawing Crowds

Salt Lake Community College soccer coach Mark Davis is leading SLCC’s first-ever NJCAA men’s and women’s soccer teams toward winning seasons and, as a result, is seeing the grassy hill on west side of the lush, green pitch at the College’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus lined with spectators.

“We are very pleased with our attendance,” Davis said. “We are ranked number five in attendance in the country.”

Jenna Hansen leaps to make a pass.

The SLCC men’s team is 9-1-1, undefeated at home and in SWAC competition headed into an Oct. 8 matchup on home turf against Trinidad College, ranked 19 in the NJCAA as of the Oct. 3 poll. SLCC’s men’s team received its first NJCAA votes in the most recent poll, but missed cracking the top 20—a win against Trinidad could change that in the next polling cycle. The women’s team is 4-1-4 and will also play Trinidad on Saturday.

Matias Castano goes up for a header.

“We have been getting a lot of people who have never been on campus coming to games,” Davis said. “A lot of students who have never been to an SLCC event have been stopping by our games. We have been receiving a huge amount of club teams and high school teams around the valley reach out to us to be mentors. We are so pleased with the group of kids we have received. We couldn’t be happier and we are excited for the future.”

Both teams will compete later this month in the Region 18 Tournament, hoping to qualify for the District Tournament in early November and then possibly the NJCAA National Tournament in Florida on Nov. 14.

The men's and women's soccer teams were recently introduced during halftime of a Real Salt Lake game.