Semillas will support both incoming and exiting students through the strengthening of student support services and, in doing so, improve the academic achievements of Hispanic and underrepresented students.  This grant will serve COM students by making transformative changes to the institutional academic services that promote a strong start to students’ academic journeys and will strengthen student support services that focus on academic transfer students and their need for resources to increase educational outcomes and post-graduation success and transfer rates.

Increase Institutional Support of Math Corequisite Students

  • Create a new Math Lab
  • Increase contact hours for corequisite students
  • Provide a no-cost math software for corequisite students
  • Provide success coaching for all math students

Strengthen Student Support Services

  • Create a Graduation and Transfer Specialist role
  • Increase articulation agreements
  • Create a Student Resource Coordinator role to strengthen connections to community resources

Semillas Measurable Objectives:

  • Objective 1.1: The percentage of students successfully completing both courses in a corequisite math pairing will increase from 35% to 43%.
  • Objective 1.2: Fall-to-spring persistence rates for corequisite math students will increase from 66% to 70%.
  • Objective 2.1: The average number of credits earned per degree will decrease from 76 to 71.
  • Objective 2.2: The percentage of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates enrolled at COM graduating within three years of enrollment will increase from 34% to 37%.
  • Objective 2.3: The percent of students enrolled in a transfer degree program that successfully transfer will increase from 19% to 24%.