Envision Success

  • envision success web graphic(1)Envision Success is both the institutional priority and the completion agenda for Prince George’s Community College. The goal of Envision Success is to ensure that students complete degrees, certificates, and preparation courses for certifications and licensures. It will address three major components—time, choice, and structure—while emphasizing quality, rigor, and relevance in an environment of broad engagement. Through a systematic process of gathering and using data, Envision Success will enhance or develop support services, academic programs, and workforce development and training programs to assist students in achieving their goals. Through the creation of a culture of success, the college community will identify promising practices, and through innovation, will create new initiatives that respond to the needs of students.

    Graphic Definitions

    First Tier

    • A Promise to Act – Maryland Association of Community Colleges – A Promise to Act is the formal pledge of completion that reflects national and statewide efforts to substantially increase the number of community college graduates by 2025. 
    • Complete College America – Established in 2009, Complete College America is a national nonprofit organization working to significantly increase the number of Americans with a college degree or credential of value and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.  
    • Broad Engagement – Broad engagement creates a shared responsibility for the college's student success agenda among members of the campus and external community.
    • Committed Leadership – Committed leadership encourages change within an organization.  Institutions that encourage faculty, staff, students, and the broader community to take responsibility for student success and create meaningful opportunities for these stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of their offerings will reap major benefits. 
    • Roadmap Initiative – American Association of Colleges and Universities – The Roadmap Initiative aids community colleges in creating robust and proactive programs of academic support which are geared toward engaging students by teaching them to be active participants in their education.
    • Partnerships – Partnerships are arrangements where parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests.
    • First-year Experience –The first-year experience introduces new students, both incoming and transfer, to college resources to maximize the integration of their gifts and skills with the challenge afforded them at Prince George’s Community College. 
    • Entering Student Success Institute – Entering Student Success Institute is a workshop where community colleges explore data and their use to learn about strategies that can help improve the entering student experience and formulate an action plan for initiating appropriate strategies.
    Second Tier
    • Resource Development – Resource development is the process by which Prince George’s Community College identifies internal and external funding sources to support the development of new and innovative programs and services for students. 
    • Promising Practices – According to a report compiled by the Community College Research Center, promising practices are grouped into five categories: (1) program management and organization; (2) assessment, instruction, and curriculum; (3) student support; (4) faculty; and (5) public policy. The five categories define areas where faculty and student support staff can use data on student outcomes to identify barriers to and opportunities for program improvement.
    • Dual Enrollment (PGCPS) – Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and a career certificate, or an associate degree.
    • Structure – Structure is one of three major components of Prince George’s Community College’s completion agenda, Envision Success. It streamlines the design and delivery of course scheduling and provides alternatives so that students can take the courses needed in order to complete their desired program of study.
    • Learning Outcomes – Learning Outcomes are statements of the knowledge, skills, and abilities students possess and can demonstrate upon completion of a learning experience or sequence of learning experiences (e.g., course, program, degree).
    • Choice – In an effort to provide an “optional pathway” courses to encourage students to complete. Prince George’s Community College considers choice to be one of three major components of its institutional priority and completion agenda, Envision Success. 
    • Time – Prince George’s Community College is working to find ways to provide more efficient pathways or decrease the time it takes students to complete a selected course or program of study. For this reason, time is one of three major components of Prince George’s Community College’s completion agenda, Envision Success.  
    Third Tier
    • Certification/Licensure – Certification or licensure is the culmination of a program or course of study provided by the college, and once completed; the student is prepared for entry into a desired career field. Obtaining the certification or licensure often involves completing an examination sponsored by the agency responsible for granting the certification/licensure sought. 
    • Certificate – A document conferred after the completion of a program of study.
    • Graduation – Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an associate degree, or the ceremony where students become graduates.
    • Transfer – Transfer is the process by which a student continues his/her education by moving from one institution to another. 
    • Completion – Completion at Prince George’s Community College is the act of successfully  meeting all of the requirements for an associate degree, certificate, or preparation courses needed to become eligible for certifications and/or licensure examinations. 
    • Associate Degree – An associate degree is an undergraduate academic credential awarded by community colleges upon completion of a program of study usually lasting two years.