Student Success Vision Statement 

Olympic College is an equity-minded college where all students, in a timely manner, define and achieve their personal and educational goals. 
Fall 2019

OC participates in ATD Holistic Student Support Institute

This October, a team of Olympic College faculty, staff and administrators joined 300 colleagues at ATD’s third annual Holistic Student Support Institute in Chicago. We learned methods of ensuring students get the support resources they need to succeed in achieving their goals.

This intensive working institute was designed to help college employees understand student movement through their institution. In addition to attending many outstanding workshops, OC attendees worked with expert facilitators to build a holistic 2019-20 student support plan that supports the whole student. Join members of the team and hear about their experience at a forum on Dec. 5, with free pizza for those who attend.

            Holistic Student Supports Institute Recap

            Bldg. 4 (HSS), Rm. 129

            Free pizza for those who attend

OC Finds Guided Pathways Consensus

Guided Pathways graphicDuring Fall 2019 Opening Days, administrators, faculty and staff from the Instruction and Student Services divisions participated in a Guided Pathways card sort exercise. The participants attending these nine workshops explored the twenty-one SBCTC recommended academic majors – called meta-majors – and considered how our academic divisions, programs and classes can be applied to this student-focused architecture. A rollup of all the results is being reviewed by a committee representing OC. The first draft of their proposed pathways will be released for wider consideration in mid-December and a college-wide open discussion is planned for early winter quarter.

Guided pathways is a research-based initiative, funded by the Washington State Legislature, which aims to improve completion rates, close equity gaps and improve post-college outcomes. Pierce College, Tacoma Community College and Peninsula College are a few of the early adopters. To learn more, visit:

OC ATD dedicates $55K toward college community projects.

Piggy bank graphic

In addition to sending thirteen college participants to the ATD Holistic Student Support Institute, OC ATD has dedicated $30,000 of our budget toward supporting participation in the Diversity & Social Justice Institute; $1,100 towards a Math 95 RAMP pilot; purchased $5,500 in Tutoring textbooks; $20,000 towards GEN–S121 Success for Student Cohorts “Student Success Coaching;” and other smaller investments in ATD related OC project. If you would like to learn more about OC ATD funded work or if you have a dream project that you would like to submit for consideration, please visit:   

ATD teams developing action plans for coming years

The first year of ATD@OC was all about research, reflection and planning. During the first year, the college established a student success vision statement, completed the ATD action plan, and established two student success priorities:

  • Priority One: Ensuring new student successfully complete fifteen credits in their first year.
  • Priority Two: Improving our quarter over quarter retention by 5%

Years two and three are all about action. To that end, the college established six team which are working to support efforts to achieve these goals. Periodic updates from the teams are available in this newsletter and on the ATD intranet site

Equity Minded College: Ensure processes and service are centered around equitable access to opportunities and achievement of equitable outcomes for all OC students

Yellow Brick Road: Enable Guided Pathways program and course alignment

Snowplow: Members of the Snowplow and Welcome Wagon teams attended the Holistic Student Support Institute and will share what they learned at an Open Forum on Dec. 5

Welcome Wagon: See Snowplow update.

Student Wellbeing: The Student Wellbeing Team is focused on increasing student retention, quarter over quarter, by providing the resources each student needs to attain their personal and educational goals. The team has chosen 3 primary goals to focus on:

  1. To develop an Outreach Program to connect with community clubs and organizations to source: school supplies, food, personal hygiene items, baby supplies, bus passes, scholarships, and “dress for success” interview clothing for our students.
  2. To create a trauma-informed college by training faculty and staff to be more student-centered and prepared to meet students where they are, not where we might like them to be.
  3. To compile a comprehensive list of student resources currently available on campus and within the larger communities of Kitsap and Mason counties, all in support of the website refresh project.
Join an ATD Team
Olympic College is Achieving the Dream!
Find out more

Jeannie Lewis, ATD Project Manager // 360-475-2861
Bldg. 5, Rm. 310


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