Increasing Success Equity
The College Access Programs office is committed to fostering and enhancing a supportive culture of commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. Based on current research and internal surveys, members of diversity and equity-related committees, work groups, and cultural centers made the following recommendations to increase success equity for the fiscal year 2014:
- Ensure all members of the President's Extended Team and Board of Trustees participate in learning experiences to identify root causes of inequitable outcomes, unconscious institutional racism, and potential remedies to address the challenges.
- Embed diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts in the hiring process as well as faculty and staff development programs.
- Include diverse perspectives in curricula as evidenced in syllabi and assessment tools.
- Engage all staff and faculty in diversity, cultural competence, and "undoing structural racism" learning experiences.
- Establish, discuss, and publish target goal ranges for success equity.
- Develop and execute a multi-year strategic enrollment management plan to recruit underserved populations.
- Discuss data-informed progress and success of the college's efforts to support underserved populations at appropriate operational meetings.
- Engage full-time and adjunct faculty, as well as the larger Central Texas community, in facilitated discussions about supporting students of all ages, socioeconomic, and ethnic groups.
- Create and sustain a robust Latino men's academy and social support program.
- Cohorts and learning communities are critical to the success of many students, but particularly ethnic minorities in white majority institutions.
- Stabilize the Men of Distinction Program by supporting and developing staff leadership for program coordination and success.
- Recruit more Latino and black professors in the STEM and business fields.
- Develop and implement a plan for an Office for Diversity and Community Engagement, based on the University of Texas at Austin model.
- Share and discuss data with students who are most adversely affected by existing policies and practices and with the community to develop solutions to the achievement gaps.