Certification Regarding Collaborative Arrangement
This certification is required by the legislation implementing Section 511(d) of Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The Secretary requests this information to use in establishing priorities for funding. The certification shall be treated as a material representation of fact upon which the Department of Education will rely in making determination to award a grant.
PRIORITY- The Secretary shall give priority to an application that contains
Satisfactory evidence that the Hispanic-serving institution has entered into or will enter into a collaborative agreement with at least one local education agency or community-based organization to provide such agency or organization with assistance (from funds other than funds provided under this title) in reducing dropout rates, improving rates of academic achievement for students, and increasing the rates at which Hispanic secondary school graduates enroll in higher education.
- Describe the terms of the agreement: The College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, agrees to provide academic assistance for any student who transfers from Manhattan Borough Community College in Manhattan, New York by providing transfer student electronic portfolios to help track student progress. The College of Mount Saint Vincent also agrees to provide support in software training for Word and Powerpoint for all Manhattan Borough Community College transfer students. The training will be provided by the Teacher Learner Center on a weekly group session once a week for 90 minutes. The assistance of the College of Mount Saint Vincent for transfer students from Manhattan Borough Community College will also be provided through the College’s well established and successful Academic Support Center. The Academic Support Center provides student tutors from honor students and seniors of the College to work with students that have academic needs. The College will provide four new computers for the specific use of the Manhattan Borough Community College Students in the Teacher Learner Center where the software instruction will take place.
- Describe the roll of the applicant institution: The College of Mount Saint Vincent is a certified Hispanic Serving Institution with 36% of it’s student body being Hispanic students. The College of Mount Saint Vincent will provide tutoring space in the Teacher Learner Center for transfer students from Manhattan Borough Community College for software instruction in MS Word and MS Powerpoint, and also provide the staff and professors to work with the transfer students on a small group or tutorial basis.
- Define the objectives of this agreement:
- Objective 1– To encourage students from Manhattan Borough Community College to select the College of Mount Saint Vincent to transfer to when they complete their two year Associate Degree.
- Objective 2– To increase the Manhattan Borough Community College transfer student course grades at the College of Mount Saint Vincent by providing academic support, software training, counseling and electronic portfolios for tracking their progress.
- Objective 3– To increase the graduation rate of all Manhattan Borough Community College students from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in two or three years instead of four or five, after transferring.
- Objective 4– To make this Cooperative Agreement a Model program for other transfer student agreement programs, and to apply the successes of this program to other transfer student programs at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
- Objective 5– To provide full support of Hispanic students and other under-represented minority students, as is the 150 year tradition of the College of Mount Saint Vincent to make a special effort to enroll first and second generation immigrants for College enrollment.
- Objective 6– To expand the services of the Teacher Learner Center beyond the existing Title V grant, which ends in June 30, 2005, to include Hispanic student services through software instruction and support, as well as Faculty support and tutoring.
- Objective 7– To track the successes of the Manhattan Borough Community College students by recording their semester grades and student activities on a database to provide useful data for similar programs of support for students.
- Objective 8– To provide upon graduation from the College of Mount Saint Vincent to all Manhattan Borough Community College transfer students a special certificate and award plaque for their success in the Title V Cooperative Agreement Program.
- Objective 9– To provide sufficient annual budgetary funds for the College of Mount Saint Vincent Teacher Learner Center to survive over the two year layover period between the expiration of the Title V Institutional Grant in Sept. 30, 2005, and the potential renewal grant funding under the Title V Institutional Grant program in Oct. 1, 2007. These funds will include a reduced staff of one full-time Director and one full-time Administrative Assistant on a 12 month contract annually with receiving full benefits, 4 weeks vacation, and a guaranteed .03% annual salary increase.
- Objective 10– To expand the scope of the Teacher Learner Center to become the Teacher and Student Learner Center for Instructional Technology to serve the faculty and all students in Instructional Support with software, smart classrooms and wireless technology. To use this model program to create other similar programs for staff and administration in the future.
PRINTED NAME AND TITLE OF AUTHORIZED H.S.I. REPRESENTATIVE
Dr. Charles Flynn, President of the College of Mount Saint Vincent
As duly authorized representative of the L.E.A., I certify that the LE.A.has entered into a collaborative arrangement with the applicant institution.
President of Manhattan Borough Community College
ED FORM 851S-8