Dr. Carmen Allen authors book on student success and persistence

For Students' Sake! Bold Solutions for the College Retention Crisis by Carmen R. AllenDr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science at Lincoln Land Community College, authored the recently published “For Students’ Sake! Bold Solutions for the College Retention Crisis.” The book explores the strategies and results of personalized learning that impact student success and persistence in the classroom.

College students face obstacles before they step into the classroom and when their academic careers begin. Universities are challenged by declining enrollments, reduced financial resources and an increased demand for accountability. The book looks at how now, more than ever, college students make critical decisions about their classes based upon interactions with faculty, their own learning expectations and the technologies they use.

To create higher levels of student success, Dr. Allen learned more about how to meet student needs, including early intervention tactics and personalized communication approaches. Her research-based work analyzes student data to improve classroom performance, student engagement statistics to improve relationships with students and performance tracking methods to monitor success.

Allen said, “I am optimistic others will implement the outlined strategies in order to better support their own students and positively impact them.”

“For Students’ Sake! Bold Solutions for the College Retention Crisis” was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. and is available at the LLCC Bookstore and online retailers.

Dean Butzow presents at statewide conference

Dean Butzow, professor of geography, presented at the 2019 Geography Education in the 21st Century Conference at Illinois State University on Nov. 2. The conference was organized by the Illinois Geographic Alliance and was attended by geography educators in K-12 and higher education. His presentation was titled, “Using Maps as a Active Learning Tool.”

LLCC cybersecurity program in NSF/ATE grant showcase

Dr. Carmen AllenDr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science, recently attended the National Science Foundation/Advanced Technology Education (NSF/ATE) Conference in Washington, D.C. She shared information in the grant showcase on LLCC’s competency-based education (CBE) cybersecurity grant and program. The first in a series of CBE cybersecurity courses is being offered at the college this fall, and subsequent courses are planned for CBE as well.

CAS members present at the NCLCA annual conference

Julie Clevenger, executive director, Center for Academic Success, and Jamie McCoy, student academic support programs coordinator, were invited to present a session titled “Academic Recovery Programs for At-Risk Students” at the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 6. The session introduced participants to the Academic Recovery Plan (ARP) which the LLCC Center for Academic Success developed as a way to address the academic and life obstacles that many students face when trying to return to school. The session also provided a history of the development of the ARP program, the various departments involved, a walk-through of how the program works, including documentation and skill enhancement areas, and an examination of our institution’s longitudinal data. The NCLCA annual conference is attended by learning center directors and tutoring coordinators from both two- and four-year institutions located all around the world.

Dr. Carmen Allen presents at Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network fall symposium

Dr. Carmen Allen, interim dean of business and computer technologies, recently presented at the Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network fall symposium. She was part of the panel discussion, “P-20 Considerations in Designing and Implementing Competency-Based Education.” Insights were shared about LLCC’s development of the CBE Cyber-Security certificate. Specific issues included the benefits to students, the benefits to the community, our institutional commitment and the inclusion of essential stakeholders for success. The goal of the Illinois P-20 Council is to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

Dr. Dan Woestman, Dr. Carmen Allen, Dr. Stephanie Bernoteit and Dr. Nancy Latham - panel presenters of "P-20 Considerations in Designing and Implementing Competency-Based Education