2019 – Dana Center Expands Work in Arkansas to Scale Co-Requisite Support
Both the Dana Center and Complete College America are collaborators in Arkansas’s Strong Start to Finish (SStF) initiative to implement high quality, rigorous co-requisite courses in mathematics and English at scale.
Funded by the Kresge Foundation and a matching awarded from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and managed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and Arkansas Community Colleges, the goal is to enroll at least 75% of underprepared students in co-requisite support by Fall 2021 so that more students successfully pass mathematics and English in their first year. The Dana Center and Complete College America are working with 32 Arkansas public higher education institutions – 22 community colleges and 10 universities. Arkansas’ SStF initiative plans to reach approximately 50,000 students per year by 2020.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson introduces Strong Start to Finish
Technical assistance support is provided by two regional coordinators – Dr. Charles Watson and Dr. Shelton Fitzpatrick; their contact information and serving-institutions are noted below.
North-Central Arkansas Regional Coordinator
Charles Watson, Ed.D.
North-Central Arkansas Participating Institutions
University of Central Arkansas
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University – Beebe
Arkansas State University – Newport
U. of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
Black River Technical College
North Arkansas College
Arkansas Tech University
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech College
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Arkansas State University – Mountain Home
North West Arkansas Community College
U. of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Arkansas State University – Jonesboro
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
South-Central Arkansas Regional Coordinator
Shelton Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
South-Central Arkansas Participating Institutions
National Park College
Henderson State University
University of Arkanas – Little Rock
University of Arkansas – Cossatot
Phillips Community College of the U. of Arkansas
Arkansas State University – Mid-South
Southeast Arkansas College
Southern Arkansas University Tech
College of the Ouachitas
University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain
University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff
U. of Arkansas CC at Hope-Texarkana
East Arkansas Community College
Southern Arkansas University
University of Arkansas – Monticello
South Arkansas Community College
For more information about the DCMP’s role in scaling co-requisite supports in Arkansas, please read this story. Visit the Arkansas Strong Start to Finish dashboard for announcements, events, and resources.