HiRes.jpg In Spring 2015, Shasta College was one of the top five colleges to receive a $5 million Award for Innovation in Higher Education for its efforts in providing accelerated processes for high school students to achieve a bachelor’s degree.  Serving Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties as well as portions of Humboldt, Lassen and Modoc Counties, it is the only public post-secondary institution in a 10,132 square mile radius in the vast, rural region of far Northern California. Since January 2014, Shasta College and its community partners have created the ideal conditions for every district high school student - at any achievement level- to accelerate progress toward a bachelor's degree. By combining fee waivers, enrollment policy changes, on campus programs, concurrent enrollment and, most dramatically, dual enrollment, the college supports interested high school students in earning transferrable units toward degrees at minimal or no cost to students and often without having to leave a high school classroom.

Through PACT (Promise for Access, Completion and Transfer), a dual and concurrent enrollment program that meets the needs of three distinct high school student populations (at-risk, on-track, advanced), Shasta College is removing financial, academic and cultural barriers to higher education for high school students while enhancing the opportunities to accelerate through to bachelor's degrees through rigorous and aligned coursework.  PACT is evidenced based, cost effective and scalable statewide, with specific merit for California's more rural, isolated environments.  Detailed information is available through the following links:

Shasta College’s Application Abstract
Applications Submitted by Participating Colleges
Spending Plans for Awarded Colleges

The Shasta College award plan has two main focuses: 

Advancing Existing Innovations

ü  Expansion of dual and concurrent enrollment efforts
ü  Live, interactive video conferencing to rural areas
ü  Support for tracking and data management of individual student attendance
ü  Investigation of the expansion and support for the Gateway to College program
ü  Assistance in providing course materials for dual-enrolled classes
ü  Build and expand pathways for BA completion without leaving the North State
ü  Support of start-up costs for the Health Information Management baccalaureate pilot program

 Supporting and Expanding a Culture of Innovation

ü  Create a Center for Community College Innovation and Research
ü  Provide funding support for innovative ideas that enhance student learning and success
Shasta College strives to be a leader in bringing innovative ideas to higher education by fostering a dynamic environment that promotes the educational attainment and success of our students.

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