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College Access and Success: Organizing Our Systems To Secure Big Improvements. Access to Success: Organizing Our Systems To Secure Big Improvements and Close Gaps. A2S Annual Meeting Baltimore, MC April, 2010. For nearly thirty years now, the numbers seem to be going steadily up.

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college access and success organizing our systems to secure big improvements
College Access and Success:Organizing Our Systems To Secure Big Improvements

Access to Success:

Organizing Our Systems To Secure Big Improvements and Close Gaps

A2S Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MC

April, 2010

college going african american
College Going, African American

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Immediate College-going refers to the percentage of high school completers who were enrolled in college the October after completing high school. Percent attaining their BA refers to the percentage of 25 and older with a BA or higher

Sources:Condition of Education 2008,Table 24-1. Current Population Survey (1980 to 2002), Annual Social and Economic Supplement to Current Population Survey (2003 to 2007)

college going latino
College Going, Latino

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Immediate College-going refers to the percentage of high school completers who were enrolled in college the October after completing high school. Percent attaining their BA refers to the percentage of 25 and older with a BA or higher

Sources:Condition of Education 2008,Table 24-1. Current Population Survey (1980 to 2002), Annual Social and Economic Supplement to Current Population Survey (2003 to 2007)

college going low income students
College-Going, Low-Income Students

Source: U.S Dept. of Education, NCES, The Condition of Education, 2008, Table 24-1

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We forget, first of all, that though college-going up for minorities, gains among whites have been greater

all groups up in college going from 1980 2006 but gaps also increase
All Groups Up In College-Going from 1980-2006, But Gaps Also Increase

Source: U.S. Department of Education, NCES, The Condition of Education 2006.

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We forget, second, that results are what matters. And once again, while everybody is going up, gaps are widening.

gaps widen completion of ba or higher for all groups age 25 to 29 1980 to 2007
Gaps WidenCompletion of BA or Higher for All Groups (Age 25 to 29): 1980 to 2007

Source: 1980 to 2005, Current Population Survey, 2003 to 2007 Annual Social and Economic Supplement to Current Population Survey

and we forget finally to look at our increases in the context of our even faster changing states

And we forget, finally, to look at our increases in the context of our even faster changing states.

getting traction on this problem requires new roles for systems
Getting Traction on This Problem Requires New Roles for Systems
  • Confront and change attitudes that gaps are inevitable, and colleges powerless to influence;
  • Set goals, monitor leading indicators and hold campus leaders accountable for results.
research institutions similar students different results
Research InstitutionsSimilar Students, Different Results

Source: College Results Online 2007 data

research institutions similar students different results1
Research InstitutionsSimilar Students, Different Results

Source: College Results Online 2007 data

research institutions similar students different results2
Research InstitutionsSimilar Students, Different Results

Source: College Results Online 2007 data

masters institutions large similar students different results
Masters Institutions – LargeSimilar Students, Different Results

Source: College Results Online 2007 data

historically black colleges similar students different results
Historically Black CollegesSimilar Students, Different Results

Source: College Results Online 2007 data

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Figure 4: Top 5 Gainers in Underrepresented Minority Graduation Rates Among Public Research Universities 2002-07

IPEDS and College Results Online Dataset

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Figure 5: Top 5 Gainers in Underrepresented Minority Graduation Rates Among Public Master’s Institutions, 2002-07

IPEDS and College Results Online Dataset

top gainer and gap closer georgia state university
Top Gainer and Gap Closer: Georgia State University
  • Downtown Atlanta with about 19,000 undergrads
  • 1/3 Minority, Mostly African American
  • Enrollment has grown more diverse in recent years

Adapted from Top Gainers: Some Public Four Year Colleges and Universities Make Big Improvements in Minority Graduation Rates, and Top Gap Closers: Some Public Four Year Colleges and Universities Have Made Good Progress in Closing Graduation-Rate Gaps, January 2010

Note: URM stands for underrepresented minority students and includes African American,

Hispanic and Native American Students. Non-underrepresented minority students include white and Asian students.

keys to georgia state s success focusing first and foremost on the data
Keys to Georgia State’s Success: Focusing first and foremost on the data
  • Identified potholes on path to bachelor’s degree such as high intro course failure rates
  • Program evaluation data pinpointed strategies most effective for minority students
  • First year learning communities were instrumental in lifting overall retention rates, but even more so for minority students

Adapted from Top Gainers: Some Public Four Year Colleges and Universities Make Big Improvements in Minority Graduation Rates, January 2010

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CSUN
  • Approximately 40% URM
  • Student success is strong presidential focus
  • Provost and IR Office collaborate on data mining, present frequently to campus departments
  • Tightened up policies on course drops, repeats, major changes
  • Overall grad rates up from 30% to 40% between 2002 and 2007
historically black colleges similar students different results1
Historically Black CollegesSimilar Students, Different Results

Source: College Results Online 2007 data

elizabeth city state
Elizabeth City State
  • Attendance mandatory. Faculty members monitor; call when absent.
  • Faculty advisors track absences, mid-term grades. Expected to meet with students in trouble.
  • Deans, Provost monitor the data—and ACT when involves one faculty member.
  • Everybody on campus assumes responsibility for acting on warning signs.
florida state care initiative
Florida State CARE Initiative
  • Many black students come from local school districts;
  • Care program works with them in high school;
  • Admission standards relaxed, but summer transition program required;
  • ONGOING SUPPORT, MONITORING ON CAMPUS;
  • Example: special sections of freshman math courses, smaller and meet every day.
results
Results?
  • CARE students entering SAT: 940(average success nationally: 56%)
  • Non-CARE students entering SAT: 1204 (average success nationally: 73%)
  • But at Florida State, CARE students persist to second year at higher rate than non CARE students; and,
  • CARE students graduate at exactly same rate.
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The goal of Access to Success is NOT to replicate programs and initiatives, but to spread the focused, goal-orientation of the high gainers and to share some of the strategies they use to stay on track.
why is all this so important last year more than 48 percent of all births were to women of color

Why is all this so important?Last year, more than 48 percent of all births were to women of color.

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