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).
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.
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.
To utilize the Student Equity Plan as a catalyst for change in student equity outcomes.
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.
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 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 is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity.
Student Equity Plan (identified as among the best in the state per CCCCO)