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League for Innovation Conference. March 2012. A National Movement: Hispanic Student Achievement Presenters Shah Ardalan, CEO LSC-University Park Marian Burkhart, Exec Director Client Relations. 15 locations 1,400 square miles 6 colleges 8 satellite centers 2 university centers

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League for Innovation Conference

March 2012


A National Movement:

Hispanic Student Achievement

Presenters

Shah Ardalan, CEO LSC-University Park

Marian Burkhart, Exec Director Client Relations


15 locations

1,400 square miles

6 colleges

8 satellite centers

2 university centers

System Office and Conference Center


  • 90,000 students!

  • Fastest growing community college in Texas

  • Top 100 Associates Degree Producer

  • Recognized last 3 consecutive years as a “Best College to Work For” by Chronicle of Higher Ed

  • Major Initiatives: Completion By Design, Achieving the Dream and Best Start


Marian Burkhart, J.D.

Executive Director Client Relations

Office of Technology Services

AA Degree - Kansas City Kansas Community College

BSBA Finance/Economics - Rockhurst University

JD - University of Missouri @ Kansas City

Joined Lone Star in 1994

Adjunct Instructor


What We Don’t Know

Hispanic Achievement Gap

Researchers and educators do not have consensus on causes. Factors include:

  • Socioeconomic status

  • Biological differences

  • Genetic variations in IQ levels

  • Cultural differences and biases

  • Learning environments


What We Don’t Know

Hispanic Achievement Gap

Researchers and educators do not have consensus on causes. Legislation and initiatives include:

  • No Child Left Behind Act

  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • Education Trust

  • Democrats for Educational Reform

  • The Education Equality Project

  • The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

  • “Dispelling the Myth” schools (high-poverty, high-minority, high-performing schools)


What We Do Know

Hispanic Achievement Gap

  • The nation’s demographics are rapidly changing

  • The U.S. ranks below other nations in its ability to compete in the global economy

  • Significant gaps for Hispanic students are evident in every measure of achievement

  • Narrowing the achievement gap will have a positive economic and social impact.


Why Lone Star?

  • Willing, able and committed leadership

  • Strategically aligned with community needs

  • Reputable and respectable track record of delivering results

  • Passionate about the cause, believer in accountability

  • Cooperates and collaborates


Mission: Leverage all available resources to significantly increase Hispanic student achievement

Approach: Establish the National Center for Hispanic Achievement


National Center for Hispanic Achievement

Goals:

  • Capitalize on current resources to expand LSCS’s capacity to lead and support Hispanic student achievement

  • Develop specific partnerships with K-12, universities, businesses, and others to increase access for Hispanic students

  • Provide a voice in Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Legislature in support of increasing Hispanic student achievement

  • Establish LSCS as an innovator and national leader in Hispanic student achievement

  • Facilitate awareness, networking, best practices exchange and innovation.


National Center for Hispanic Achievement

Challenges

Low Family Income

Parents Level of Education

Low Academic Performance

Age of Employment

Low Standard Test Scores

Low Performing High School

Low Confidence

No Role Models

Family Responsibilities

Discrimination

Low Family Support

Low Academic Performance

Social and cultural divide

Pre-K thru Elementary School

HighSchool

Community College

University

College Bridge and Connection

Dual Credit

Summer Programs

Test Prep

Financial Aid

Grants, Scholarships

Academic Planning

Tutoring

Counseling

Mentoring

Financial Aid

Work Support

Counseling

Mentoring

Open Doors

Hispanic Parent Awareness and Education

Local Community Resources

Intervention Strategies


National Center for Hispanic Achievement

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Decrease % of Hispanic students needing developmental Math

  • Increase % of Hispanic students obtaining an Associate’s degree

  • Increase % of Hispanic students transferring to a university

    Term: Five (5) years to achieve and measure sustainable success


National Center for Hispanic Achievement


National Center for Hispanic Achievement


For More Information

Contact

Shah Ardalan

CEO, LSC-University Park

shah.ardalan@lonestar.edu


Thank you


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