Student Equity

Student Equity Policy

The SCCCD Board of Trustees is required by the California State Legislature to adopt a Student Equity Plan for each college in the district. The purpose of the Student Equity policy is to close achievement gaps in Access, Course Completion, English for Multi-Language Speakers (ESL) and Basic Skills Completion, Degree and Certificate Completion and Transfer for underrepresented student populations (Board of Governors, 2001).

Opportunities to Increase Student Equity Outcomes

At FCC, we do not view the Student Equity policy solely as a regulatory requirement. Instead, we view the Student Equity policy as an opportunity to bring awareness to the cause and effect of inequities and provide administrators, faculty, and classified professionals with the information and resources necessary to mitigate outcome disparities.

Students reach for equality and equity on trees

Purpose

Identify and prioritize sustainable solutions to eliminate achievement gaps for students disproportionately impacted in Access, Course Completion, English for Multi-Language Speakers and Basic Skills Course Completion, Degree and Certificate Completion, and Transfer, as identified by campus-based research and data in the Student Equity Plan.

Philosophy

To utilize the Student Equity Plan as a catalyst for change in student equity outcomes.

Terms and Concepts that Guide our Work

Student Equity

FCC defines Student Equity as the act of identifying and removing barriers that have prevented the full participation of historically marginalized and underrepresented student populations with the goal of eliminating identified differences in outcomes between those populations and the student population as a whole.

Equality vs. Equity

While equality ensures that access is available to all students, equity addresses outcomes. Equity is the work it takes by the institution to assure that, whatever the students' background, it provides the resources and support needed to achieve students’ educational goals and outcomes

Diversity

Diversity encompasses and values all the characteristics that make individuals or groups alike or different. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, and gender, but also age, national origin, religion, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. To value diversity is to welcome frank and open dialogue amongst all individuals and groups.

Inclusion

Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity.

Resources/Links

Student Equity Plan (identified as among the best in the state per CCCCO)

Student Equity Committee Blackboard

Funded Student Equity Proposals

Student Equity Research & Evaluation

CCCCO Vision for Success

Current Events/Announcements/Opportunities

  • Please save the date for the second annual IDEAS Summit: May 22nd and 23rd at FCC.
  • FCC Student Equity is involved in many exciting opportunities including a contract with the Center for Urban Education (CUE) and joining the Community College Equity Assessment Lab’s (CCEAL) Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC). Stayed tuned for more information.
  • Additionally, FCC Student Equity recently partnered with the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) and has made the following online certificate training programs available to all Fresno City College, faculty, staff, and administrators through December 31, 2017:
    • Teaching Men of Color in the Community College (15-hour program: more info to follow)
    • Supporting Men of Color in the Community College (15-hour program: more info to follow)

Contact

Ray Ramirez
Student Equity Coordinator
Library and Student Learning Support Services
559.442.8779
Office #: LI-113
E-mail: raymond.ramirez@fresnocitycollege.edu

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