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Transfer Center Director Susan Calabrese (left) and Ela Jakubczak encourage Wright College students to attend the 2015 Spring Transfer Fair!

Transfer Center director Susan Calabrese (left) and assistant Ela Jakubczak encourage Wright College students to attend the March 4 Spring Transfer Fair!

Wright’s Gateway Advising and Transfer Center has announced the participants in the March 4, 2015, Spring Transfer Fair. More than 30 four-year colleges and universities will have representatives available to meet with and answer questions from Wright College students. Participating colleges and universities include:

  • Academy of Art University
  • Argosy University
  • Columbia College
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Chicago State University
  • DePaul University
  • DeVry University
  • East West University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Illinois Tech (IIT)
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University
  • Wells College (New York)
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Resurrection University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rush University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shimer College
  • Transferology
  • UIC – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • UIS – University of Illinois at Springfield
  • UIUC – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of St. Francis
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

The 2015 Spring Transfer Fair takes place during Transfer Week and is one of the many transfer activities available to Wright College students. Be sure to check the Transfer Center Schedule for more transfer events!

 

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Click here for the Wright College Schedule of Transfer Activities!

Click here for the Wright College Schedule of Transfer Activities!

Wright College’s Transfer Center has announced its March 2015 Schedule of Transfer Events, available here.

Featured events include the March 4 Spring Transfer Fair, Transfer Workshops, special advising appointments, an Illinois Tech Info Session, and visits from more than 15 four-year colleges and universities!

Please visit the Transfer Center web page for more information about making the most of transfer opportunities!

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Interested in transferring to a four-year college or university? Susan Calabrese, Wright College’s Transfer Director, has suggested 13 questions students should ask the representatives of the colleges they are considering. Students will have the chance to meet representatives of more than 30 four-year colleges and universities at Wright College’s Transfer Fair on March 4, 2015, as well as during the many college visits planned throughout the semester!

Top Transfer Questions to Ask College Representatives

  1. What are the transfer admission requirements?
  2. What are the application deadlines for transfer admission?
  3. Do you require standardized test scores?
  4. What majors are offered? What are the most popular majors?
  5. When do I have to declare my major?
  6. When do you notify transfer students of admissions decisions?
  7. What is the average GPA for students admitted to my major?
  8. What scholarships are available for transfer students?
  9. When is your financial aid deadline?
  10. Will my courses be taught by professors or graduate students?
  11. Is student housing guaranteed for transfer students?
  12. How successful are transfer students?
  13. What are some recent graduates doing now?
Mar 032015
 
Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives of more than 30 four-year colleges and universities at Wright College's Transfer Fair on March 4, 2015

Students can meet representatives of more than 30 four-year colleges and universities at Wright College’s Transfer Fair on March 4, 2015

Wright students looking to further their education have dozens of transfer opportunities available to them … and Transfer Week is the perfect time to explore these opportunities! Transfer Week 2015 activities include:

Spring Transfer Fair – Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Campus Center

With more than 30 four-year colleges and universities participating in the Spring Transfer Fair, students will have a valuable, one-stop opportunity to gather information and ask questions of several college representatives.

Transfer Workshop – Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:00 p.m., Room L-115

A Transfer Workshop is the perfect follow-up to the Transfer Fair! Students will get expert guidance and advice from Transfer Director Susan Calabrese. Workshops will also be offered March 19 (4:30 p.m) and March 25 (12:30 p.m.), also in Room L-115.

For more transfer activities, including college visits, workshops, and special advising opportunities, please refer to the Transfer Center Schedule.

 

Feb 272015
 
Wright College's Tayja Dean was the leading scorer in the nation for the 2014-15 season (NCJAA Division II, Region IV)

Wright College’s Tayja Dean was the leading scorer in the nation for the 2014-15 season (NCJAA Division II, Region IV)

Wright College’s Tayja Dean recently earned NJCAA All-Region IV, Division II first-team accolades after a vote by the Region’s coaches.

Dean is the NJCAA Division II national scoring leader with a 27.4 points-per-game average. Her clips of 9.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game place her first on the team charts.

A double-digit scorer in all 28 regular-season games in 2014-15, Dean eclipsed the 20-point plateau 27 times. The 5-foot, 7-inch freshman guard, who had 10 or more rebounds in 14 games, authored 13 double-doubles and one triple-double. In the triple-double, Dean had career highs of 38 points and 11 assists in addition to grabbing 10 rebounds in Wright’s 83-62 victory against College of DuPage on February 14th.

Dean, the recipient of two Region IV, Division II “Player of the Week” awards, also had season bests of 18 rebounds and six steals for the Wright College Rams.

Dean, a graduate of Prosser High School, is earning an associate degree at Wright.

Dean joins fellow City Colleges of Chicago players Antania Hayes of Kennedy-King College and Destiny Davis of Richard J. Daley College in earning All-Region IV honors.

Congratulations to Tayja and all of the CCC Women’s Basketball honorees!

Feb 262015
 
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President Potash presents the Spring 2015 State of the College address to Wright College students, faculty and staff.

A message from President Potash . . .

Thank you to all who attended and participated in last Friday’s State of the College gathering. These meetings are valuable opportunities to share perspectives of what’s working and what can be improved here at Wright. Through productive discussions – large venue, small venue, via email and in meetings – we collectively develop ways to best serve our students and help them reach their educational goals.

Many of you raised issues and questions during the meeting concerning Campus Solutions, Ad Astra, the Student Experience initiative, Space Planning and other topics.

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Wright College students, faculty members and staff filled the Events Building Theater during the Spring 2015 State of the College presentation.

We were limited in the amount of time we could devote to these discussions, so I have scheduled a State of the College follow-up meeting for Monday, March 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room S-247. I encourage you to join me with your ideas and/or concerns so that we might continue last week’s conversation.

For your reference, the State of the College presentation is available on Wright College Net: Spring 2015 State of the College presentation.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions – I welcome it.

With all best wishes,
David

David Potash, President
Wilbur Wright College

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College to Careers Associate Dean Karin Kushino was the winner of the random Cherry Pie giveaway during the Spring 2015 State of the College address. February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day. (Pictured with President David Potash)

 

Feb 262015
 

engineering pathways studentsHigh school students interested in applying for the Engineering Pathways program – where qualified participants are guaranteed transfer admission to the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering – have until the March 15, 2015 deadline to submit their applications.

The Engineering Pathways partnership between Wright and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) offers qualifying high school applicants guaranteed admission to UIUC’s College of Engineering. Students must apply to the competitive program and enroll in an associate degree program at Wright College.

Following successful completion of Pathways program course requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering in their junior year of study. UIUC’s College of Engineering is ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (September 2014).

Wright College will host its final Engineering Pathways Information Session on Thursday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m., in the Faculty Dining Room of the Science Building. Representatives from Wright College and the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering will conduct the session and will answer questions from prospective students and their families.

Wright College transfer students admitted through the Engineering Pathways program will save close to $35,000 in tuition in fees over UIUC Engineering students admitted as college freshmen.

Please note: the Engineering Pathways transfer partnership program is exclusively for incoming freshmen, not currently enrolled students.

More information is available at the Engineering Pathways website.

Feb 182015
 

Graduation.CCC StudentHere’s an opportunity for Wright College’s 2015 grads to be featured during the May 2 commencement ceremony and in City Colleges’ advertising materials!

City Colleges has scheduled a professional photo shoot at Wright College on Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Room S-247 (Science Building). RSVPs are highly recommended and can be made by visiting: www.ccc.edu/photoshoot.

Photo shoot tips:

  • DON’T wear clothes with big logos or text.
  • DON’T wear white as it blends in with the background.
  • DO choose a top with at least elbow-length sleeves.
  • DO ensure any jewelry worn is simple and minimal.

Students must bring their CCC student ID. CCC will provide the cap and gown for the photo shoot.

Event.2015 Grad PhotoshootFor more information about how students can best prepare for the 2015 commencement ceremony, please visit the CCC graduation page: www.ccc.edu/graduation.

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CAAP test results can help faculty and staff identify ways to better support students in reaching their academic goals.

A message from President Potash . . .

The ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam will be administered this Spring 2015 semester at Wright College from Monday, April 13, 2015 through Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Administered every two years, the CAAP assesses our students’ skills in mathematics, science, reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Wright uses CAAP data to measure upper-level student performance in key academic areas and to benchmark its general education learning outcomes with the national average for all college sophomores. We will also include performance results in assessment reporting, accreditation efforts, and grant writing.

As you know, one of Wright’s defining characteristics is its culture of continuous improvement. Our extensive work with the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) supports City College’s Reinvention Goals and works to build a community centered on student success and completion. The CAAP helps us to assess and measure improvements – whether in process, performance, or pedagogy.  I am proud to be part of a community so invested in this important mission.

In 2012, more than 1,500 Wright College students in 57 classes completed the CAAP exam. Overall, we found that Wright’s students performed at or slightly below the national averages in critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. While slightly lower, Wright’s scores were within 1.6 points of the national average and within CAAP’s standard deviations.   In addition, Wright’s average math score was 3.2 points above the national average (please click the graph below for more detail on 2012 results).

In early March 2015, faculty members will receive notification of their class sections selected to participate in CAAP testing, along with the dates for test administration. Students will also receive email communication about the CAAP exam, emphasizing its purpose, and encouraging their best efforts.

I urge your participation in and support for the CAAP exam administration this term. This will ensure that the testing process runs smoothly, the outcomes reflect our students’ abilities and skills, and that data collection is accurate and comprehensive. Toward these goals, participating faculty members will be asked to attend compliance training and work to motivate students to perform well.  Faculty and staff are also asked to volunteer their time to help with test administration and collection.

I want to thank Kevin Li, Dean of Instruction, his team, and everyone involved in advance for their work in coordinating and administering this year’s CAAP. It is an involved process, but one that will yield valuable information about our students and how we may continue to better support their academic needs and goals.

For more information about CAAP, please contact Dean Li or visit the CAAP website.

With all best wishes,

David
David Potash, President
Wilbur Wright College

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Click here for the results of the 2012 CAAP

 

Feb 092015
 
Elzbieta Jakubczak - a member of Wright's Transfer Services team and Zulema Hunt, a current student ambassador - are two recent Wright College graduates -- congratulations!

Wright College graduates Elzbieta Jakubczak – a member of Wright’s Transfer Services team – and Zulema Hunt (May 2014).

Student success at City Colleges of Chicago rests on two primary pillars: learning and completion. Students have to learn successfully in their courses, and they have to complete their degree or certificate programs in order to benefit fully from their learning.

Through Reinvention and through the diligent work of faculty and staff, we have made great strides in improving both learning and completion. For the first time in Wright’s history – and for the first time at any City College – more than 1,000 students earned their associate degrees within the fiscal year – 1,031 to be precise, in FY14. This exceeds Wright’s target by 21 percent and represents an increase of 20 percent over the number of degrees awarded in FY13. The number of degrees awarded at Wright has more than doubled since the start of Reinvention.

While completion rates at City Colleges and Wright College are showing significant improvements, much work remains to be done.

As one of its objectives, City Colleges’ ongoing Reinvention effort has focused on the challenges associated with remedial education. Most students entering CCC begin in developmental or foundational studies courses. Most of these students never successfully engage in the credit curriculum. For us to see these students succeed, we will have to try different approaches.

A team of staff from Wright and across CCC are working to re-imagine and improve the CCC student experience.

A team of staff members from Wright and across City Colleges are working to reimagine and improve the CCC student experience. Pictured here (from left): Glasetta Barksdale, Rasmus Lynnerup, Channel Harris, Aaron Feinstein, Linda Huertas, Sherri Farris, Heather LaBelle, Rich Chandler, Allison Zures, and Joan Lee.

We are now at a point where we have the knowledge, values, infrastructure and support to make this effort our collective priority. As a result, Wright College and the Reinvention team – guided by input from faculty and staff across CCC – are working together to reimagine the community college student experience. This means giving students relevant, structured, and supported paths to succeed in college and helping them every step of the way – from registration to graduation.

We will borrow from best practices. We will accept any and all suggestions and ideas. The effort will ask us to analyze and change many of the policies, processes, and practices in place across the entire college, as well as at the District, to meet the complex needs of our students. It is an ambitious task and one that we shoulder with humility and optimism.

Four broad challenges will guide this effort:

  • How do we develop a new student intake process that: a) helps us understand student goals, constraints, and preferences; b) sets clear expectations; c) is actionable for groups and for individual students?
  • How can we utilize the expertise of our faculty and staff to: a) evaluate our students’ academic and non-academic strengths and needs; b) establish working collaborative relationships with students to provide assistance; and c) create actionable strategies to help students – regardless of their level of academic preparation – navigate their entry into college more successfully?
  • How do we develop and implement a process for students to choose and enter into their academic pathways that is speedy, easy to use, informative, and helpful?
  • How can we create an environment that provides ongoing integrated, individualized student supports, both inside and outside of the classroom?

Over the next few weeks and months, we will be providing updates on the progress of the project and soliciting feedback from the Wright community. We are working on a robust communication plan and a mechanism to solicit participation and guidance. Much more will follow. In the meantime, if you have questions or comments on the project, please email me at wrightpresident@ccc.edu.

With all best wishes,

David
David Potash, President
Wilbur Wright College

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