Equity Focus Groups: What Students Are Saying and How You Can Engage Them

“Sometimes I feel invisible on campus. There’s no one who looks like me.” “I couldn’t buy the textbooks and ended up having to drop the class.” “It’s so hard to get in to see an advisor. When I do, it’s a different person each time, so it feels like I’m starting over.” What do our students say about their experiences at our colleges? What obstacles do they encounter? What supports them? To understand the student perspective, the RP Group has worked with a number of colleges to conduct focus groups with student populations identified as disproportionately impacted. Participants will have the...

Student Equity Focus Groups: Listen, Learn, and Lead

“I had a teacher notice I missed class, and ask ‘Is everything ok?’” “I wasn’t getting an attitude or a feeling of welcome.” “I couldn’t buy the textbooks and ended up having to drop the class.” These quotes are just a few examples of what students are saying about their college experiences. Listening deeply to students’ voices can better equip colleges to proactively respond to their learners’ needs. In this presentation from the 2017 Strengthening Student Success conference, the RP Group will share what we have learned from conducting focus groups with student populations identified as...

Up to the Challenge: Improving Equity and Outcomes without Traditional Remediation

Traditional remediation makes students less likely to complete college and exacerbates racial inequity. What happens when colleges change their placement policies and curricula to enable more than 70% of incoming students to begin directly in college-level English and math? Find out in this presentation from the 2017 RP Group Strengthening Student Success conference, featuring colleges from the California Acceleration Project.

Time, Textbooks, and Technology: A Library-Student Equity Partnership

This presentation from the 2017 RP Group Strengthening Student Success conference describes how successful partnerships between academic libraries and Student Equity programs can lead to increased student access to instructional resources and support that are critical factors for improving their success. This collaboration facilitated student access to a supportive learning environment while leveraging cross-disciplinary instructional support to reach high concentrations of students in target populations. The presentation synthesizes the results of several equity-funded library loan programs...

STEMovation: A Path to Transforming STEM Education

STEMovation is a collaborative effort by a growing number of Diablo Valley College (DVC) STEM faculty working on team projects, utilizing data to narrow the achievement gaps in the DVC STEM pathways. The MESA program (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) serves as the hub for innovation. STEMovation engages the faculty community to integrate best equity practices into their student services and classrooms. The core of our work currently focuses on STEM outreach and pathways, intra- and interdepartmental STEM backwards design, conversations with counseling, and STEM professional...

The OEI's Approach Toward Access and Equity in the Online Classroom

As part of the Online Education Initiative’s (OEI) continued efforts to improve student success and completion rates among online students, the OEI has made the commitment to develop effective success strategies for closing the online student equity gap among a widely diverse student population. This presentation from the 2017 OTC conference identifies strategies for online instructors to use in maximizing learning opportunities for all students. It discusses learning opportunities for students whose needs may not be fully met in traditional face-to-face learning settings and how the online...

Five Ways to Leverage Your LMS to Improve Equity

Gaps between online and on-campus retention and success tend to be wider when we look at disadvantaged socio-economic groups. Unfortunately, research primarily targets on-campus strategies for improving retention and success as they relate to student equity. Modern LMS’s now offer easy-to-use tools for applying some of what research tells us about helping disadvantaged students become more successful. This session from the 2017 OTC conference highlights the top five ways of using a learning management system to improve retention and success, particularly among students from disadvantaged...

The African American Male Education Network and Development (A²MEND) Organization

eLearning Module Resource Description The Challenge: African American students are facing some of the largest equity gaps in community college. A²MEND was created to improve the equity gap in completion for African American community college students, as well as add professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators. A²MEND Mentee Program The African American Male Education Network and Development Mentor Program provides support, guidance, professional development, and networking opportunities for A²MEND members as well as students enrolled within the community...

Maximizing Professional Development Opportunities by Coordinating Student Equity, 3SP, and Basic Skills

This presentation includes information on integrating professional development across various plans. These include Diversity, Institutional Effectiveness, Student Success, and Basic Skills plans. Other topics covered are The Learning-and-Effectiveness Paradigm, example missions and vision statements and proposed re-organization plan.

IEPI Equal Employment Opportunity and Equity in Faculty Hiring Workshop - January 2016

Education Code Section 87100 states the need for a “work force that is continually responsive to the needs of a diverse student population [which] may be achieved by ensuring that all persons receive an equal opportunity to compete for employment and promotion within the community college districts and by eliminating barriers to equal employment opportunity.” Title 5 Section 53003 requires that hiring committees be trained on the educational benefits of workforce diversity, the elimination of bias in hiring decisions, and best practices in serving on a selection or screening committee. Yet,...