Agenda, Scope, and Goals
As part of its commitment to improving equity at its institution, Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) offers ACDV-MSSI, a program that combines two interventions: Academic Development 101 (ACDV 101) for Men of Color and the Male Student Success Imitative (MSSI). ACDV 101 for Men of Color consists of a small number of sections of ACDV 101, a mandatory, one-credit college transition course that can be applied toward the earning of a degree. Since 2004, the ACDV 101 for Men of Color puts the required course materials in context and is typically taught by African-American male instructors with special training in stereotype threat, implicit bias, and making ACDV 101 content culturally relevant for their students. This variant of ACDV 101 moves beyond offering basic information on CCBC’s support services: It focuses on helping students develop productive relationships; providing support with navigating life issues that affect male students of color disproportionately; augmenting students’ academic success and technology skills; helping students understand the culture of higher education; and fostering greater aspirational college and career goals. MSSI, developed in 2014, pairs CCBC staff members who serve as Success Mentors with male students of color. The Success Mentors work one-on-one with the students to provide mentoring and academic coaching. The Success Mentors also encourage students to seek out and obtain help by referring them to specific college staff and faculty members for tutoring, academic counseling, financial aid, or other services on campus as appropriate. MSSI also hosts a variety of additional services and programming to assist with students’ academic, professional, financial, and social-emotional development.
As one combined and integrated program, ACDV-MSSI proposes to improve academic outcomes for male students of color by providing a supportive and comprehensive ecosystem of faculty and administrators who are familiar with ACDV-MSSI and who become part of the students’ social support network.
The MoCCA Project aims to answer these questions:
Does ACDV-MSSI operate as its designers intended?
Do ACDV-MSSI’s program features and usage represent a substantially different experience from the status quo?
What are the impacts of the programs on short-term outcomes such as persistence and grade point average (GPA), and on longer-term outcomes such as progress to graduation and degree completion or transfer?
What are the costs of operating ACDV-MSSI, and is ACDV-MSSI more cost-effective than the status quo?
Do program and control group students use campus support services differently? Do program and control group students interact with services staff members differently? How and why do students use campus services?
Do the background experiences of the students reflect the factors identified in the research literature as inhibiting college completion among men of color?
- Who are the members of students’ social support networks? How do these reported networks differ in size and make-up? How do these connections relate to mediators like academic self-efficacy ― that is, confidence that one can succeed academically ― and positive relationships with adults?