In order to draw a portrait of their school and their school’s status as a Middle College, Truman Middle College students interview Cassandra Croft, TMC Counselor.

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(I.) How many students have earned AA degrees?
To my knowledge 0 students have earned actual AA degrees, but there were some students who came close, who had an entire year of college earned.
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(II.) What is the average # of college courses taken by students by graduation?
I would say on average, students who do participate in dual credit/enrollment complete 2 college courses by graduation.
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(III.) What are TMC students’ average GPAs in college courses? 2011-2012: 2.23
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(IV.) What are some courses offered by the college for your school?
The courses offered for dual credit are dictated by the school district, as they will only grant tuition waivers for certain courses. The courses that are offered typically are English 101, Math 118 and Criminal Justice 102. CPS will also grant one tuition waiver (per semester) for any course the college offers that the student meets the prerequisite for. Some of those courses past students have taken are: Child development, Speech, Biology, Psychology, Music Theory, College Success and Calculus.
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(V.) Can you describe TMC’s college partner?
Harry S Truman College is part of the City Colleges of Chicago, a public community college that offers multiple 2-year associate’s degrees, as well as occupational training in manufacturing, medical, and business fields. Truman College offers credit classes towards the Associate’s degree: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate in Fine Arts. The school also hosts adult education programs, English as a Second Language curriculum, as well as the General Educational Development program towards the equivalent of a high school diploma. Continuing Education courses for professionals are offered at Truman College.
The dual enrollment/dual credit partnership is a relationship between TMC and the Early College Coordinator, a staff member of the college itself. Truman College does offer any course to any TMC student who qualifies for their prerequisites. The dual credit program allows Master’s level TMC instructors to teach Truman College curriculum, and those teachers are under the guidance of a mentor professor, to assure that the expectation and quality of the course is of college level. The college also assists TMC in level-up programming to assist the Middle College students in earning college level placement scores. These relationships are strengthened by the simple fact that TMC is on the Truman campus.
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(VI.) What services and access for support (i.e. tutoring, writing workshops, seminars, labs, library, etc.) are offered to TMC students?
TMC dual credit/dual enrollment students have unlimited access to all college support services. Students can attend sessions at both the math and writing centers, as well as get personal tutoring. If a student needs more one-on-one tutoring, TMC students can also receive that at the college’s general tutoring center. TMC students, with their student ID, can access any computer lab and the college library whenever they need to. TMC students are also welcome to attend wellness center workshops, student services events, and career center/employment events that take place on the college campus. The one amenity that TMC students do not have access to that the college students do is the U-pass, which is a fee college students pay with their tuition. TMC students have access to college advising, placement testing and registrar services to assist them in the transition to post-secondary education.
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(VII.) What is the # of drops/withdrawals by TMC students from college classes per semester?
In 2011-2012 the dual credit/enrollment program saw only 1 withdrawal (in Spring 2012), but had 10 F’s. 9 of those F’s were from the College Success Seminar, which is no longer offered at TMC. Overall stabilization rate for TMC has improved over the past three years though.
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(VIII.) How are classes at TMC offered (cohorts, mixed, etc.)?
The dual credit/dual enrollment program is offered to every student that enrolls at TMC, however, students must maintain a high attendance percentage, pass their classes and show promise in their STAR exams to qualify for the college readiness cohort. Student interest is also a qualifier for the dual credit program in that we offer career based dual enrollment (i.e. criminal justice 102 and automotive 101). Students who have shown the potential to enter into dual enrollment courses are tested on the COMPASS and then offered level up workshops in the event they do not test at college level the first time. This creates somewhat of a cohort of about 30 students because they are all trying to enter both English 101 and Math 118.
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(IX.) Is there anything else that you think is quantifiable and would be important in telling the story of your school (i.e. comparison data with similar schools that don’t offer college access, students who receive free or reduced lunch, distance traveled to school by students, etc.)?
Truman Middle College is a very unique school compared to other middle colleges around the country. TMC is at its core a drop out retrieval school, which means that many of the students have had barriers that have either caused them to quit school, not attend school or need a transfer to another school. With this being the nature of the population, dual credit and dual enrollment has had a slow but steady increase in participation over the past three years. The data I’ve provided you is from 2011-2012, which is the most recent NCREST data report we’ve been given.
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This summer we will have last year’s data available to us, which will look something like this:

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DUAL CREDIT

College Success: 20 students earned 60 credits

English 101: 15 students earned 45 credits

Math 118: 17 students earned 68 credits

Criminal Justice: 22 students earned 66 credits

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Math 207: 1 student earned 5 credits

Music 121: 1 student earned 3 credits

Child development 101: 1 student earned 4 credits

-[2013-2014] (in progress)——————————————————————————————————————————-

DUAL CREDIT

English 101: 16 students

Math 118: 5 students

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Speech 101: 2 students

Biology 114: 1 student

Psychology 201: 1 student