Student Achievement Initiatives

The mission of the Student Achievement Initiatives office is to inform faculty and staff of who our students are, identify student needs, and identify best practices to support students.

Our goal is to identify achievement gaps and improve equitable student outcomes.

Some of the initiatives we support are:

The Seahawk Summer Academy (SSA) is Broward College’s summer bridge program designed for First Time in College (FTIC) students. The purpose of this program is to help students transition from high school to college and get a head start in their college career. SSA was inspired by the Guided Pathways model, implemented at-scale, and composed of high-impact practices.

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Broward College partnered with PeerForward (first partnership of its kind in the country) and AmeriCorps to launch a comprehensive leadership and mentoring program. As part of this program, Broward College students are trained and coached by PeerForward. Students then become Peer Leaders who support their fellow students each step of the way to complete their degree and reach their academic goals. In addition, Peer Leaders become Americorps members and receive all the benefits associated with being a member of this prestigious and long-standing national organization.

A second component of the program is mentoring by faculty. Faculty are matched with peer mentors in their pathway and create goals for the academic year. Faculty connect with peer mentors throughout the academic year.

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A learning community (LC) weaves together the learning, skills, and assignments for a shared cohort of students of two or more classes into a unified mosaic of educational objectives by blending the instruction of two or more disciplines. The same cohort of students enrolls in all classes within the LC while the instructors of the paired courses work together, communicating a unified mission or theme of the LC.

At BC, LC are paired courses. Paired courses consist of two or more classes linked with a common theme. Students must register for all courses of the LC group. They are individually scheduled.

LCs are a powerful success strategy for students because LCs

  • Foster a sense of belonging
  • Create strong bonds among students and faculty
  • Increase student success and persistence

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Contact Us

Esmeralda Sweeney | Associate Vice President | | 954-201-8129
Farah Pierre | Director | | 954-201-8412
Ana Cowo | Director | | 954-201-8433
Natasha Colon | Executive Assistant | | 954-201-8411