SWCC Presents Guided Pathways and Financial Aid Course Audit to VCCS Chancellor
The Chancellor for Virginia’s Community Colleges, Dr. Glenn DuBois, is visiting community colleges across the state to hear about their best practices.
As part of that initiative, Dr. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC, recently welcomed him to the Southwest campus. An overview of SWCC’s work to begin creating Guided Pathways for students and its impact on the Financial Aid Course Audit (FACA) tool was presented by Dyan Lester, dean of student success, as a best practice initiative. SWCC implemented this initiative beginning in Fall 2015 and added the new auditing system in the fall of 2016.
“FACA assists students in clarifying their program and course selection in order to comply with federal financial aid guidelines. SWCC believes that improved retention measurements will also follow the implementation of this new auditing process,” said Dr. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC.
There are several highlights from the initial run of the Financial Aid Course Audit tool. “We have had 1,100 students processed through FACA already,” said Dyan Lester, dean of student success at SWCC. “In addition, approximately 600 students were served by the Mobile One Stop verification team at the campus bookstore within 10 days. Had we not embarked on creating streamlined program pathways for students so that they make the most of their time here, this implementation would not have been nearly as successful,” said Lester.
Dr. Barbara Fuller, vice president of academic and student services, agreed, “The implementation of FACA into the college’s enrollment and financial aid process has been successful on many levels. In addition to the student benefits, SWCC’s enrollment has increased by 411 full time equivalent students, as of September 1, 2016.”