Q: Since this grant is for Hispanic Serving Institutions, does that mean it is just for Hispanic students?
A: No. This grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education and does not target any beneficiary group based on race or ethnicity. The specific program for these grants is Strengthening Hispanic Serving Institutions, and they are intended to build infrastructure, develop processes and pilot programs that will strengthen the institutional ability to serve students. Only colleges with at least 25% Hispanic enrollment and demonstrated institutional need qualify for this program, so the idea is that by strengthening the institution, a significant number of Latino students will benefit. Therefore, these resources brought in by the Latino student enrollment at Cabrillo will benefit the entire college.
Q: Since we qualified for the grant largely due to the influx of Latino students through the Watsonville Center and the greater needs of the student population there, will any grant activities specifically benefit students in Watsonville?
A: Yes. Supplemental Instruction (SI), a tutoring model based on in-class SI leaders who lead discussion groups after class to reinforce material that students need to review, will be implemented at the Watsonville Integrated Learning Center. In addition, many students from the Watsonville area will be entering the First Year Experience program and achieving greater success in continuing and succeeding in college.
Q: Why is there a new and different focus for each First Year Experience group of cohorts? Wouldn't it make more sense to continue the learning communities once we start them?
A: These grants do not fund operations, only development. Therefore, each year of the First Year Experience cohorts must have a unique focus in order to qualify as a pilot and allow the activities to be funded through the grant. The learning communities with the previous years' focus can still continue, just not with Title V grant funding.
Q: How will departments be involved in developing and implementing the activities of the grant, especially the ones involving curriculum and instruction?
A: Departments will be involved through committees that will be set up to guide the different aspects of the grant, including those involved with curriculum and instruction. There will be a hiring process in the fall semester for a faculty Activity Director/Curriculum Specialist and a faculty First Year Experience/Learning Communities Specialist, who will be working with department faculty in these areas.
Q: We have a lot of programs focusing on serving Basic Skills students and operating on a cohort/learning community model – Title V, ACES, DBA, Puente. Will there be some sort of coordination between them?
A: Yes. There will be regular communication between the different programs through the ACES advisory committee, which includes representatives from these programs and serves as an umbrella committee for learning communities at Cabrillo. The Vice President of Instruction will also lead an effort to align these programs so that we are using the resources in as collaborative a manner as possible while ensuring that specific program goals, objectives and criteria are being met.
Q: Can Title V pay for some of the services that are being eliminated with the Matriculation cuts, or other services that will be lost due to budget cuts?
A: No. Grant monies may not be used to supplant activities that would normally be paid with other funds, even if those funds have been reduced. However, aspects of a successful program that fit within the objectives of the Title V activities may be incorporated in the design of these activities. For example, if a program has a successful Summer Bridge model that will no longer continue due to budget cuts, aspects of that program could be built into the Title V Summer Bridge model, and the target population for both models might even be similar.
Q: What if I have an idea that I think would be a good fit for the Title V funding?
A: The objectives and activities for the Title V grant were developed through extensive committee meetings and college-wide input, and the funds have been approved based on these objectives and activities. However, if you think that your idea would fit into this framework (see Title V Quick Info sheet), please email the Title V Director Rachel Mayo with the suggestion. Even if it would not work for the Title V grant, we will redirect the suggestion whenever possible to the appropriate program.
Q: How will we address the increases in workload due to the grant?
A: There will be several people hired through the grant to manage the additional workload required for the grant operations. Details will be forthcoming very soon in the fall semester.
*For further information, please contact the Title V Director: Rachel Mayo, Dean of Education Centers (831) 477-5110