Project R.A.I.S.E.: Raising Achievement and Increasing Success in Education, focuses on increasing the academic success, retention and graduation rates of students enrolled in Learning Support Mathematics coursework at Georgia Perimeter College through three primary approaches as follows:
1) Redesigning Learning Support into a mastery module approach. Mathematics faculty and Project R.A.I.S.E. staff promote mathematics skills in a personalized fashion based on a differentiated learning model by which students’ mathematics levels are assessed with modular mathematics software and then participants proceed to master only the concepts they need to address.
2) Academic Coaching and Mentoring. Through Student Development Specialists and Academic Laboratory Faculty Supervisors, students are provided with assessment services to determine what kind of seminars and academic mentoring is required to increase their level of understanding higher education and the skills required for academic research.
3) Comprehensive Project Evaluation - A comprehensive formative and summative evaluation is used to continuously improve the Learning Support Mathematics course redesign and the academic coaching and mentoring strategies throughout the year.
Project R.A.I.S.E. is funded by a grant through the Department of Education Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Formula Grant Program, which makes grant awards to eligible institutions to plan, develop, undertake, and implement programs to enhance their capacity to serve more low- and middle-income Black American students; to expand higher education opportunities for eligible students by encouraging college preparation and student persistence in secondary and postsecondary education; and to strengthen the financial ability of the institutions to serve the academic needs of these students. Most strategies and services provided through Project R.A.I.S.E. are designed to positively impact all GPC students enrolled in Learning Support Mathematics with added assistance exclusively targeting the African American male population.