Office of 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. According to AB 1809, the Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) Program funding and the Student Equity Plan must be used pursuant to the California community colleges guided pathways grant program and for activities and practices that advance the system-wide (Vision for Success) goal to eliminate equity gaps for students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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.

Equality vs. Equity Graphic

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.

Equity-Mindedness

Legislation Related to Student Equity and Success

AB 1809 (2017-18): Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) Program 
The Student Equity and Achievement Program was established in Education Code (EC) 78222 with the intent of supporting Guided Pathways and the system wide goal to eliminate achievement gaps. As a condition of receiving funds, a district shall comply with the following: maintain an equity plan per EC 78220; provide matriculation services per EC 78212; adopt placement policies per EC 78213 (AB 705} and provide all students with an educational plan. 

  • Chapter 33, Currently and formerly incarcerated Students Reentry Program:  One-time funding of $5,000,000 to establish or support programs serving formerly incarcerated students enrolled in community college, or providing face-to-face instruction to community college students in prison or jail. 

AB 504 (2017-18): Measuring Equity Gaps 
This bill requires colleges to use the percentage point gap methodology for measuring and reporting local equity gaps. This will help create consistency in programs and develop a common language around equity gaps. 

AB 1018 (2017-18): Student Equity Target Populations
This bill adds homeless, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students to the group of students required to be addressed in Student Equity plans. This bill is supported by the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.

AB 705 (2017-18): Changes in Matriculation & Assessment
This bill requires a community college district (CCD) to maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete coursework in Mathematics and English within a one-year time frame by utilizing multiple measures.

AB 19 (2017-18): The California College Promise
This bill establishes the California College Promise, which shall waive fees for one academic year for first-time students who are enrolled in 12 or more semester units. Students must submit either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or a California Dream Act application.

AB 2 (2019-20): Enhancement to the California College Promise
This bill would authorize a community college to use California College Promise funding to waive fees for two academic years for full-time students taking at least 12 units per semester. A student enrolled in fewer than 12 units may be deemed “full time” at the discretion of the institution, if the student has been certified as “full time” by a staff person in the disabled student services program at the institution who is qualified to make such a designation. As with AB 19, students must submit either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or a California Dream Act application.

AB 302 (2019-20): Enhancement to the California College Promise
This bill, until December 31, 2022, would require a community college campus that has parking facilities on campus to grant overnight access to those facilities, on or before April 1, 2020, to any homeless student who is enrolled in coursework, has paid any enrollment fees that have not been waived, and is in good standing with the community college, for the purpose of sleeping in the student’s vehicle overnight. The bill would require the governing board of the community college district to determine a plan of action to implement this requirement, as specified.

Resources/Links

Student Equity Plan

CCCCO Vision for Success 

Current Events/Announcements/Opportunities

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Contact

Dr. Ray Ramírez 
Director, Student Equity and Success 
Educational Services and Institutional Effectiveness 
559.442.8200 ext. 8779 
Office #: LI-113 
Email: raymond.ramirez@fresnocitycollege.edu  

Gloria Flores  
Office Specialist, Student Equity 
Educational Services and Institutional Effectiveness 
559.443.8510 
Office #: LI-120
Email: gloria.flores@fresnocitycollege.edu  

Melody Critchfield 
Budget Technician, Student Equity 
Educational Services and Institutional Effectiveness 
559.442.8200 ext. 8134 
Office #: LI-120
Email: melody.critchfield@fresnocitycollege.edu