First In The World Project

The First in the World (FITW) FLEXspace project involves three key elements designed to increase access and completion while reducing the time to degree for a target population:

  • accelerate time to completion for underprepared students through a developmental education redesign,
  • design student-centered classrooms in which instructors trained in high-impact pedagogic techniques of active learning engage learners to achieve learning objectives, and
  • design an information commons space on each campus that includes a realignment of key support functions.

The target population includes students who require at least one developmental education course, which indicates they are underprepared for college. These students will be placed in the redesigned developmental education courses and receive targeted interventions meant to improve access and completion, as well as time to degree. Results include: increased completion; decrease in time to completion; higher engagement of underprepared college students; creation of a new organizational structure that is scalable and replicable; and identification of specific strategies statistically significant to student success.

The FLEXspace Project is a four-year project that will take place from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2018 and will be implemented at all three of Gateway's campuses, located in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties. FLEXspace stands for Flexible Learning and EXploration space. The FLEXspace Project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

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View the Project Components:

Developmental Education Redesign

Active Learning Environments

Information Commons