Student Success Initiatives at Atlantic Cape

Student Success Events

Fifth Annual Atlantic Cape Student Success Retreat
March 23, 2018

Retreat presentersOn Friday, March 23, Atlantic Cape hosted its fifth annual Student Success Retreat. Participants came from all areas of the college and engaged in a "Capacity Cafe," focused on data from the ICAT survey. Each table of the cafe focused on a capacity component of the assessment tool --Leadership & Vision; Data & Technology; Equity; Teaching & Learning; Engagement & Communication; Strategy & Planning; and Policies & Practices. Participants rotated to four different tables to engage in discussion and analysis of the data relative to that capacity. At the conclusion of the event, table hosts reported findings from the discussion relative to strengths, weaknesses, and recommended action steps. This information will be compiled in a report and considered for future planning. Retreat presentersDr. Gaba addressed the group and was an active participant in the exercise. Dr. Ted Wright and Dr. John McGuire facilitated the activity; both are coaches with Achieving the Dream. Much appreciation to all who planned the event and to the participants for spending most of their Friday to contribute to this activity. A special thanks goes to Aline Bennett, who coordinated and created a spiffy cafe setting with colorful tablecloths and flowers!

Atlantic Cape Opens $10.9 Million Student Center at Mays Landing Campus
February 28, 2018

The 22,000-square-foot, two-story facility, designed by Spiezle Architectural Group, was awarded to Arthur J. Ogren, Inc. for construction and funded through GO Bonds and Chapter 12 funds. The building houses student activities on the first floor and the Student Success and Career Planning Center on the second floor. The Center will offer guidance and resources to assist students in making informed decisions about career choices, including career counseling and access to computers for job searches, and support other success initiatives. The facility will increase the college’s capacity to provide accelerated learning classes, career and personal counseling, and academic advising. It will also provide space for student seminars, career planning and student engagement.

National Association for Developmental Education Conference
February 23, 2018

Effie Russell holding a poster that reads "make america think again."

Effie Russell, Professor of English, presented on Accelerated Learning: Three Models for Student Success at the National Association for Developmental Education conference in National Harbor, Maryland on February 23, 2018.The presentation discussed the advantages and challenges of three different models of acceleration: the co-requisite model, the triad model and a model that places all ALP students together in a 101 course that offers more time and support. Attendees were encouraged to share their own ALP models’ challenges and rewards.

2018 DREAM Conference
February 21, 2018

Atlantic Cape at DREAM Conference

Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, Richard Russell, and Leila Crawford made a presentation on Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) at the 2018 DREAM Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on February 21, 2018. They presented Atlantic Cape’s story of adapting the ALP program and gave an overview of the triad model of acceleration as a springboard for discussion of ALP models and best practices in adapting a program. They also shared activities and assignments particularly suited to overcoming the challenges of the larger ALP class size through a focus on community building and mentoring. Dean of Liberal Studies Dr. Denise Coulter, who attended the workshop, commented that "the ALP presentation had nice attendance. The team provided a comprehensive picture of their process and reviewed data to illustrate the positive impact of their program. The audience asked plenty of questions, which the presenters handled with great aplomb".

Bobbie Heard

Too Embarrassed to Seek Help Round Table Discussion

On February 20, 2018 full-time and part-time faculty members from Cape May and Mays Landing campuses had a round table discussion exploring the reasons students don’t engage with instructors to improve performance. Dr. Barbara R. Heard, MT(ASCP), Associate Professor, Biology, led the discussion. One participant said that “the topic was informative." Others commented on “fantastic ideas from my brilliant colleagues," “valuable suggestions provided by other more experienced faculty," and “wonderful tips from fellow faculty on how to help students."

2018 DREAM Conference

Congratulations to Stephanie Natale-Boianellli, Richard Russell, and Leila Crawford for having a proposal accepted for presentation at the 2018 DREAM Conference, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee in February, 2018. 

image of participantsStudent Success Retreat Summer 2017

On August 24, the Cross-Functional Student Success Committee sponsored two Student Success Retreats, a professional development activity intended to engage adjunct faculty in the conversation about helping students reach their goals. There were two parts to the event. First, faculty had a chance to hear from representatives around the college -- counseling, disability services, testing, etc. -- to learn about the challenges they face and strategies faculty can undertake to help students work more effectively with these parts of the college. The second section of the event featured a tour of one of the new career centers and a panel discussion where faculty discussed how they integrate conversations about career and vocation into their curriculum. Multiple disciplines were represented by the participants in the panels. 

image of participantsThe event was offered during the day at the CMCC career center, 8:30 a.m.- noon. It was also repeated at night at the WACC career center, 5:30-9:00 PM. Both events drew participation by full-time and part-time faculty. Here are some feedback comments from the participants:

  • "I learned about many resources available for students."
  • "Introductions from different college departments were very helpful for adjunct faculty."
  • "The tips for career infusion into the Curriculum were very helpful."
  • "I was inspired today to focus my Composition II curriculum around career research."
  • "Amazing how faculty recognize the importance of student involvement in establishing career path."
  • "I learned how incorporate career objectives or life goals of the student into the subject matter."

Agencies/Programs Needed To Aid in Student Hunger Issue
July 2017

A message from the co-chairs of SSXFC, Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs; and Dr. Denise Coulter, interim dean of Liberal Studies:

“Colleagues, many of us are disturbed by the number of students we speak with whom are hungry or concerned about finding their next meal – Food Anxiety (new term in Student Affairs literature).

To address this issue, the Student Success Cross-Functional Committee (SSXFC) would like to develop a listing of community agencies, programs, food kitchens, etc. that we would be able post on the college’s website as a resource for students and the community.

If you are aware of any such agencies/programs, please forward the information to (Mitchell) with cc: (Aline)”

Participants seated in a classroomAccelerated Learning Program Summer Institute
June 2017

The Accelerated Learning Program Summer Institute was held  June 13, 2017 in the Rutgers’ Building on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus.  The program highlighted the college’s successful practices of the ALP Program for educators from other community colleges, and Atlantic Cape faculty, as well.Teacher instructing in a classroom

Teacher instructing in a classroomSpeakers included Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs; Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, ALP coordinator and ALP professor; Effie Russell, ALP professor; Leila Crawford, ALP professor; and Richard Russell, English department coordinator and ALP professor.  Attendee evaluation of the event was all positive. Multiple attendees suggested a second, follow-up workshop, and attendees mentioned leaving with “much to think about” and referred to the facilitators as a “great group of mentors.”

Richard Russell

The Hamilton Experience Turned Upside Down
April 2017

Stephanie Natale-Boianelli and Rich Russell presented their creative content project on using The Hamilton Experiment: Turned Upside Down in their English 101 and ALP classes during the Fall 2016 semester at this year’s Best Practices conference at Union County College on April 21, 2017. 

Stephanie Natale-Boianelli


Their presentation explored the advantages and challenges of using a non-traditional text, specifically Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, in the Composition classroom. Their work was supported by a Creative Content Project grant from the Instructional Resources Committee.


Values Workshop and a Career Exploration Workshop for Wildwood High School Students
January 2017

Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of the Cape May County Campus, and Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director, CMCC Student Services & Campus Management,  presented a Values Workshop and a Career Exploration Workshop to 18 visiting students from Wildwood High School through the College and Career Readiness Program in January 2017.

Atlantic Cape, U.S.C.G. Training Center Cape May Partnering to Provide Educational Opportunities to Service Personnel
December 17, 2016

Atlantic Cape Community College and the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are partnering to provide educational opportunities to Coast Guard service members, reservists and civilian employees. The training center is the Coast Guard’s fifth largest base and the sole accession point for the entire enlisted workforce.

To re-affirm this collaboration, college representatives recently visited the training center to discuss admissions procedures, degree programs, course scheduling, transfer of credits and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.)



Atlantic Cape ALP Team Presents at Community College of Philadelphia
December 9, 2016

Stephanie Natale-Boianelli and Richard Russell presented the ALP program at Community College of Philadelphia on Friday, December 9 through an invitation by former Atlantic Cape professor Kristi Bergman, who is now the Assistant Dean of Liberal Studies at CCP.  They had a wonderful conversation with English faculty there about Atlantic Cape's program and their interest in starting a program.  Stephanie received emails continuing that conversation, and it seems like CCP will be joining us in the realm of ALP soon.

Nine people standing arond sandbox, some holding gold shovels, to symbolize the groundbreaking of the new student success center

Student Success Center Groundbreaking
September 29, 2016

Atlantic Cape Community College is a leader on student success and retention efforts, and the college broke ground Sept. 29—50 years after the original college groundbreaking—on a new facility that will boost these endeavors.

The $10.3 million Student Success and Career Planning Center at the Mays Landing Campus will support the college’s growing Student Success Initiatives. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot building will house student activities on the first floor and the Student Success and Career Planning Center on the second floor.

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Atlantic Cape Named a Leader College by Achieving the Dream
September 28, 2016

Achieving the Dream (ATD) designated Atlantic Cape Community College as a “Leader College,” a national honor awarded to institutions in the ATD National Network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.

“Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.”

Third Annual Student Success Retreat
August 15, 2016

The third annual Student Success Retreat was held on the Mays Landing campus on August 15, 2016. Participants were college administrators, faculty, staff, and students.  The agenda included:

  • Closing the loop from Student Success Retreat 2015
  • Presentations about various student services
  • World Cafe activity to identify  students’ needs and strengths and weaknesses of the college services
  • Presentation about customer service

College Readiness Now Webinar
August 2016

Atlantic Cape Community College and Ocean County College shared information on their College Readiness Now programs on August 23, 2016 in a webinar format. The webinar was recorded and is available for viewing as a YouTube link on the Center for Student Success NJCCC website. Amy Shelton presented for Atlantic Cape.

Student Success Book Published
Summer 2016

Dr. Mitchell Levy, Vice President of Student Affairs and branch campus management, co-authored and co-edited “Academic and Student Affairs in Collaboration: Creating a Culture of Student Success.” The book was published in June by Routledge Press Inc. and provides a comprehensive and evidence-based understanding of the partnerships necessary to achieve an institutional culture devoted to student success. Contributing authors from Atlantic Cape include: Michael Kammer, associate professor of English as a Second Language; Sue DePhilippis, associate professor of ESL; Judith Otterburn-Martinez, assistant professor of ESL; Maryann Flemming-McCall, associate professor of English; Tammy DeFranco, director of student services and campus management at Cape May County Campus; Lisa Givens, manager of student activities and athletics; Erika DiRenzo, former Atlantic Cape adjunct instructor; Janet Marler, associate dean of academic support services; and Jennie Buoy, former Atlantic Cape adjunct instructor of English.

Wildwood High School Students Explore Career & Higher Education Options
July 2016

Student Success Innovation Grant Award
April 2016

The ALP program was awarded a Student Success Innovation Grant for a travel stipend to send an ALP adjunct to the Baltimore ALP conference

2016 Diana Hacker TYCA (Two-Year College English Association) Awards for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers

People accepting awardAtlantic Cape Accelerated Learning Program has been selected as a winner of the 2016 Diana Hacker TYCA Awards for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers by the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) of the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE). The program was selected as the exemplary program in the category of Enhancing Developmental Education.  Effie Russell, Richard Russell, and Stephanie Natale- Boianelli accepted the award at the TYCA Breakfast at the national Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston on April 9th, 2016. Stephanie Natale-Boianelli said in the note to the English Department, "It is thrilling to have our program acknowledged in this way, and we are grateful to you all for the myriad of ways you've supported and worked on the program.  It's been a team effort to get ALP to where it is today."

Atlantic Cape Receives National ‘Promising Practices Award’ for Career Infusion Project

Articulation Agreements Process Workshop
April 2016

As part of Student Success and Guided Pathways initiatives, members of the full-time faculty met to discuss the process of articulation agreements with four-year colleges on April 5, 2016. Jim Taggart presented information and facilitated the discussion. Otto Hernandez and Wendy Gray attended and were available to answer questions.

Another exciting K-12 initiative….

Wildwood K-12 InitiativeThe Cape May Campus welcomed Wildwood High School juniors to the first of five Saturday career sessions, Saturday, March 19. Organized by Sherwood Taylor and coordinated by Sonia Cruz, the students attended a career exploration  welcome session and values auction presented by Dr. Mitchell Levy and Tammy DeFranco. This was the first time we used our Student Success and Career Center. Our student leaders, Joshua Maldonado, George “Griffin” Ackley, Jeff  Hughes and Taylor Borz, participated in the presentations, were tour guides, and assisted the students in all phases. Students also attended Time Management and Goal Setting Workshops which were presented by Wildwood High School teachers. We are looking forward to the next time the students arrive. Thank you everyone for all of your time, hard work and dedication to the visiting students.

Worthington Atlantic City Campus Opens Student Success & Career Planning Center

WACC Student Success CenterThe Student Success and Career Planning Center at the Worthington Campus in Atlantic City offers guidance and resources to assist in making informed decisions about career choices. The Center provides career counseling, and access to computers for job searches, all free of charge.

Individual and group career planning workshops are offered throughout the year and include resume writing review, enhancing interviewing skills and selecting a major.

Resources include SIGI-3, a computer-based career planning program that directs the user to appropriate occupations. SIGI-3 is available to all enrolled students and alumni.  An orientation session is recommended before use. For more information contact Cynthia Correa at 609-343-4897

AtD Dream 2016 Conference
February 2016

Professors at Atd ConferenceIn February, two Atlantic Cape teams attended the AtD Dream 2016 conference in Atlanta. The AtD team was represented by Mitchell Levy, Svetlana Marzelli, Paula Davis, Rahshana Davis, Bridget  Temme-Soifer, and Lynette Ingram. The NRC (Northeast Resiliency Consortium) team included Donna Vassallo, Michele Previti, Myrna Morales-Keklak, and Sherwood Taylor. The conference had seven themes:

    1. Leadership & Vision
    2. Data & Technology
People in a classroom setting
  1. Equity
  2. Teaching & Learning
  3. Engagement & Communication
  4. Strategy & Planning
  5. Policies & Practices
Donna Vassallo and Sherwood made a presentation on Atlantic Cape's participation in the NRC grant. The presentation was very well received by the attendees.

Curriculum Infusion of Career Development Research Project
Spring 2016

The Curriculum Infusion of Career Development Research Project, developed by Dr. Mitchell A. Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, Janet Marler, associate dean, academic support services, and faculty including Michael Kammer, Sue DePhilippis, Maryann McCall, Judith Otterburn-Martinez, Gwen McIntyre, Michael Sargente, Tammy DeFranco, Michele Leacott, Kelly Herbst, Mary McWilliams, Erica DiRenzo and Afton Koontz, received a NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Knowledge Community 2016 Promising Practices award. The team will be recognized at the 2016 NASPA national conference in Indianapolis.

Dr. Levy will be co-presenting with Michelle Leacott at the 2016 NJCCC Best Practices conference.

Teentech Event Planning
February 2016

Atlantic Cape team including Donna Vassallo, Maria Kellett, Esther James, Bojan Zilovic, Amy Shelton, Svetlana Marzelli, and Lois Angelozzi met on February 10, 2016 to start planning Teentech event at Atlantic Cape scheduled for June, 2016. Teentech events are one-day events sponsored by American Association of University Women NJ and designed to demonstrate that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and careers are exciting, relevant, and accessible to girls and women. The goal of the program is to encourage high school girls, and the educators who accompany them, to explore the many jobs available in the STEM career field.

Honors Program Student Loungestudents in the honors lounge
Spring 2016

A new Honors Lounge is being created on the second floor of the William Spangler Library, in the study room adjacent to the Art Gallery at the Mays Landing Campus. It will provide a comfortable place for Honors students to meet and study, with a small bookcase for students and faculty to share books.

2016 Diana Hacker Award for Atlantic Cape Accelerated Learning Program
Spring 2016

Accelerated Learning Program has been selected as a winner of the 2016 Diana Hacker TYCA Awards for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers by the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) of the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE).  The Atlantic Cape program was selected as the exemplary program in the category of Enhancing Developmental Education. The college’s ALP team will accept this award at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston on April 9th.

Tips for Student Advising, Room J202 w/ ITV to CMCC/WACC
February 22, 2016

Facilitated by Denise Coulter, Interim Dean of Liberal Studies. March is advising month! Invariably, students will have questions about what classes to take, the registration process, and financial aid. This informative session helped participants discover how best to guide their learners and to know which direction to point students for help.

Managing Classroom Behaviors and Accommodations, Room J202 w/ITV to CMCC 324 and WACC 215
February 18, 2016

Facilitated by Nancy Porfido, Director of Student Development & Judicial Officer and Paula Stewart-Davis, Director of Counseling and Support Services. This workshop offered strategies to manage unwanted behaviors in the classroom. Discussions included identifying strategies to prevent unwanted classroom behaviors, reviewing procedures for dealing with unwanted behaviors, assisting students with disabilities and identifying the differences between annoyances and disruptions. Real-life case scenarios were shared.

ADA and Active Shooter Training, Room A154
January 30, February 10, & March 2, 2016

Facilitated by Eileen Curristine, Dean, Human Resources, Public Safety & Compliance, “ADA Compliance Training” provided a review of the ADA, amendments to the ADA and the consent decree, which relates to ADA compliance at Atlantic Cape. “ADA Compliance Training” is required of all Atlantic Cape employees.

Facilitated by Bill Keener, Director, Security & Public Safety, “Active Shooter Training” immediately followed “ADA Compliance Training”. “Active Shooter Training” provided a comprehensive overview of the key elements of response necessary for faculty and staff to exhibit should such an event ever occur on one of our campus locations. 

Atlantic Cape Math Boot Camp recognized in Governor Chris Christie's State of the State address
January 15, 2016

The College Readiness Program, known as Math Boot Camp to Atlantic Cape students, was a pilot program launched during the summer of 2014 as an option to recent high school graduates scoring within a certain zone on the ACCUPLACER, the college’s assessment exam. Students were put on a fast track to college-level math classes by working through concepts with the assistance of Atlantic Cape math faculty where they were found to need improvement. The program’s results have been extremely positive and we are grateful for the recognition Atlantic Cape received by Governor Christie.

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Adjunct Onboarding, Room H116
January 7 & 12, 2016

Onboarding provides an overview of college policies, procedures, and expectations for new and returning adjunct faculty. Administration and staff from the following areas discuss important information: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Faculty Support Services, Counseling and Support Services, Information Technology, Instructional Technology, and Library Services. Department meetings immediately followed the onboarding session.

Student Success Series: Ways to Improve Class Discussions
December 8, 2015

Atlantic Cape Faculty

Full-time and adjunct faculty explored ways of making class discussions effective, meaningful and engaging in the round-table discussion led by Svetlana Marzelli.

Two-Year College English Association Northeast Conference in Lancaster, PA
October 15, 2015

Richard Russell, Maryann McCall and Stephanie Natale-Boianelli presented at the Two-Year College English Association Northeast Conference in Lancaster, PA. Their presentation, "Accelerating Developmental English at Atlantic Cape: The Triad Model" (F.3), explained the Atlantic Cape triad model in detail, discussed the advantages and challenges of the model as compared to Baltimore's original model, presented both internal and external evidence of the program's success, and offered activities suited to the model.

The presentation was greeted with a variety of positive feedback. Peter Adams, the ALP founder, attended the session again even though he'd seen it previously in Baltimore and talked with Atlantic Cape faculty afterwards about how closely Adams has watched the progress and how proud he is of it. Barbara Gleason of City College of New York invited Russell, McCall, and Natale-Boianelli to write an article on our program for the Basic Writing Electronic Journal, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Council on Basic Writing. James Freeman from TYCA's Executive Committee requested that this presentation be featured as a showcase in the TYCA Tour of regional conferences website. Several other attendees praised this program and expressed interested in consulting with us on their own ALP programs.

Managing Classroom Behaviors and Accommodations, Walter Edge Theater with ITV to CMCC 113 and WACC 215, 6-8:15 p.m.
October 15, 2015

Facilitated by Nancy Porfido, Director of Student Development & Judicial Officer and Paula Stewart-Davis, Director of Counseling and Support Services. This workshop will offer strategies to manage unwanted behaviors in the classroom. Discussions will include identifying strategies to prevent unwanted classroom behaviors, reviewing procedures for dealing with unwanted behaviors, assisting students with disabilities and identifying the differences between annoyances and disruptions. Real-life case scenarios will be shared.

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