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November 2010
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IHELP Presents Report Findings at LA Briefing – Director Nancy Shulock and Research Specialist Colleen Moore discussed the findings from IHELP’s newest report “Divided We Fail in LA: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in the Los Angeles Community College District” at a briefing sponsored by the Alliance for a Better Community and other student success advocates. The briefing, centered on improving student success, especially among underrepresented minority students, also included remarks from representatives of the Campaign for College Opportunity and the LACCD. Audience participants included K-12 and community college educators and community advocates. Click here to view the presentation.


IHELP Presents Report Findings at State Capitol – Nancy Shulock and Colleen Moore discussed findings and recommendations for improved student success from IHELP’s report “Divided We Fail” at a briefing sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity. The briefing, part of the Campaign’s Capitol Series, also featured remarks from Erik Skinner, Community College Chancellor’s Office; Scott Lay, Community College League of California; Paul Steenhausen, California Legislative Analyst’s Office; Jeannette Zanipatin; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Alex Pader, Student Senate for California Community Colleges. Click here to view the presentation.


IHELP Speaks at California Leadership Alliance for Student Success (CLASS) Fall Institute - Nancy Shulock was invited to speak as a panelist at the final meeting of the year-long CLASS Initiative on November 12-13 in Sacramento.  CLASS is a leadership development initiative supported by the Hewlett and Irvine foundations and run by the University of Texas at Austin Community College Leadership Program.  The two-day event, titled “Supporting and Promoting the Student Success Agenda in California,” also included as panelists CCC Chancellor Jack Scott, College of the Sequoias President Bill Scroggins, Community College League of California President Scott Lay, Campaign for College Opportunity Executive Director Michele Siqueiros and Steve Boilard with the Legislative Analyst’s Office.





Features This Month

Divided We Fail in LA: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in the Los Angeles Community College District

IHELP's newest report was sponsored by Alliance for a Better Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos to ensure the well-being of the Los Angeles region.  It applies the approach used in our recent report, Divided We Fail, to the nine colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District. The study tracks the 2003-04 entering cohort of degree- and certificate-seeking students (more than 18,000 students) over six years, analyzing their progress along a series of intermediate milestones and completion outcomes by race/ethnicity. The report points out the risks posed by racial/ethnic disparities and recommends that LACCD use better analysis of data to identify changes to policy and practice that could improve outcomes for the district’s diverse student population.

View the report


In case you missed it - Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California's Community Colleges

This report, sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, analyzes the progress and outcomes of degree- and certificate-seeking students in the California Community College system. The study tracks the 2003-04 entering cohort (more than a quarter of a million students) over six years, analyzing their progress along a series of intermediate milestones and completion outcomes by race/ethnicity. The report emphasizes that low completion rates and continued racial/ethnic disparities pose serious risks to the state’s future prosperity and offers recommendations for changes to policy and practice with a goal of improving student success, especially among underrepresented minority populations. The recommendations include coordinating a systemwide effort to analyze and publicly report cohort data on enrollment patterns and student progress for each college and adopting a new funding model for the community colleges.

View the report



Spotlight On

The Community College League of California’s Commission on the Future recently released a report detailing its goals for increased completions and a renewed focus on student success and equity. The report, titled “A 2020 Vision for Student Success”, calls for an increase of one million community college certificate and associate degree completions by 2020, an increase of 13% each year. The report identifies the need to eliminate the participation and achievement gaps and offers recommendations for state policy and local college practice changes to achieve these goals. Specific recommendations include better longitudinal student tracking, more mandates and tighter structures affecting student assessment, orientation, counseling, and registration, better course scheduling to accommodate student needs, academic progress requirements for fee waiver renewal, and incentive funding for the colleges.

Click the links below to read more on the Commission and to view the Commission’s report and recommendations.

Report: A 2020 Vision for Student Success
Commission fact sheet
Commission recommendations


Click the links below to view two articles related to the League Commission report that were posted on the blog Thoughts on Public Education.

John Fensterwald (The Educated Guess) - Bold Vision for Community Colleges

Nancy Shulock - New Reality Forcing Community Colleges to Pursue Monumental Change

 

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