Equity Progress Report & Assessment Guide

2017-2021 Equity Progress Report Assessment Guide

2017-2021 Equity Progress Report Assessment Guide
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About the Equity Progress Report

The Equity Progress Report is a self-assessment, accountability, and communication tool to help leaders, units, offices, and divisions of the college sustain focus on collectively transforming the institution to improve enrollment, inclusion, persistence, and completion rates for all students. The document was developed in partnership with the 2016-18 Equity Leadership Advisory Team (ELAT). As an Achieving the Dream Leader College since 2012 and one of ten institutions nationwide selected to serve as a site for a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center, ACC is taking a more holistic approach toward equity. The college is harnessing lessons learned from ongoing student success initiatives, programs, and projects designed to better serve historically underserved students and communities.


The purpose of the report is to guide leadership in the assessment of current institutional practices; engagement of meaningful dialogue about the impact of race, racism, and implicit bias on hiring practices, daily operations, and ultimately student outcomes; and the intentional accountable action to make changes in their own behaviors to improve the climate and culture for equity and inclusion collegewide. The report also helps teams remain focused on learning how to dismantle institutional racism and bias and take action to maintain ongoing conversations and application of assessment tools and strategies. Results of the report will be shared with internal and external stakeholders to help support continuous improvement

Guided By Five Principles

The Equity Progress Report rubric focuses on executive leadership, planning and assessment, community engagement, cultural proficiency, and culturally responsive teaching and incorporates the Five Principles for Creating Equity by Design:

  1. Clarity of language, goals, and measures,
  2. Equity-mindedness as a guiding paradigm for language and action,
  3. Equitable practices and policies designed to accommodate differences in the context of students’ learning,
  4. Continual process of learning, disaggregating data, and questioning assumptions about relevance and effectiveness, and,
  5. Enacting equity as a pervasive institution and system-wide principle.
The selected institutional factors and criteria are based on a synthesis of research about promising practices from a number of sources, including Achieving the Dream, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality, the Center for Urban Education, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement.