Pathway to Graduation 2020-2021 Highlights

The 2nd year of the Pathway to Graduation grant supported many projects to make Castleton a stronger institution, such as:

Strengthening the First-Year Experience
• 99% of new first-year students completed online orientation.
• Success coaches facilitated 434 new first-year students making the transition to
Castleton and choosing fall courses.
• The creation of a new advising approach — holistic, developmental, and agile — was
supported by PTG and endorsed by Faculty Assembly.
• Sparty Says was launched and logs over 1,200 page views per month.
• Orientation activities, Welcome Days, and Commuter Events were sponsored by PTG

Improve Teaching & Learning Excellence
• The Library Media Viewing Room was refurbished as a 32-seat active learning
• The Innovation Lab (2nd floor Leavenworth) was created to support in-person and
remote course delivery and includes 3-D printing and virtual reality capabilities.
• Educational technology in thirty-eight classrooms was upgraded.
• The Connections Seminar 1 Faculty Canvas course was launched with PTG support.
• Twenty-three issues of The Educator were published; about 60 faculty view each issue.
• Numerous workshops, retreats and meetings were offered to faculty and staff.
• Several surveys were administered including the National Survey of Student
Engagement (NSSE) and the Faculty Feedback Survey.

Improving and Increasing Workplace Readiness
• 108 students piloted the Gallup Clifton Strengths Assessment and the iGrad platform.
• Gallup Clifton Strengths Assessments were purchased for all first-year students in 2021.
• The iGrad platform was purchased to support financial literacy and wellness education.
• Thirty-eight students registered for internships.
• The Castleton Vermont Internship Program was launched with a $25,000 grant from the
Vermont Department of Labor to provide internship stipends to fifteen students.
• Collaboration with the Chamber and Economic Development of the Rutland Region
(CEDRR) expanded including the opening of the Intern Hub in Rutland.

Students in Castleton’s Nursing Program using the virtual reality headset in the new Innovation Lab