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1 Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion: Improving Outcomes Through Collaborative Partnerships Spotlight Session February 18, :45-3:45 p.m.

2 Engaging Latino Students for Successful Transfer and Completion Gary Edens Vice President for Student Affairs, The University of Texas at El Paso Jillian Kinzie Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research/NSSE Institute Deborah Santiago Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Policy, Excelencia in Education William Serrata President, El Paso Community College Misha Turner Associate Director, Center for Community College Student Engagement

3 Postsecondary Education Participation I m going to the community college! - 51% of Latino students - 31% of African American - 28% of White students Hey, where did everybody go? - few completed transfer - 14% of Latinos completed a bachelor s degree or still enrolled at a four-year (Núñez & Elizando, 2013; Radford et al., 2010; National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2011)

4 Hearing Student Voices Hey where did everybody go? James Story

5 Hearing Student Voices James Story VIDEO

6 The Initiative Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion Focused on helping institutions strengthen Latino student engagement, transfer, and college completion Conduct special analyses of student engagement survey data pertaining to the experiences of Latinos in community colleges and baccalaureate institution Deepen understanding within and between the community college and university sectors Build an informal network of participating institutions Support and monitor progress in implementation of action plans developed during the Institute

7 Student Success Institute: Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion 24 institutions from urban locations 12 pairs of community colleges and baccalaureate participated in the 2014 Institute Colleges and university teams reviewed disaggregated institutional data from NSSE and CCCSE s engagement surveys Developed action plans for collaborative work to strengthen postsecondary attainment of Latino students Post-Institute Activities: Progress Reports & Collaborative Vignettes

8 Institute Team Participation Each institution was invited send one team of up to five people to the Institute. The recommended composition for teams included: president/chancellor chief academic officer chief student services officer lead institutional researcher or institutional effectiveness director leader for transfer and articulation policies or campus diversity/equity initiatives

9 Institutions From Across the Country Michigan 4 California 6 Texas 10 Florida 4

10 Data as the Basis for Institute Work Purpose and Process for the Institute: - To focus on institutional policies and practices as they relate to Latino transfer, engagement and completion - To facilitate team s analysis of student cohort institutional data and CCSSE/NSSE survey data

11 Project Activities Pre-Institute Homework Data review and meeting with partner school Hands-on Institute Work Follow-up: Post-Institute Activities

12 Collaborating for Success EL Paso Community College William Serrata President, El Paso Community College The University of Texas at El Paso Gary Edens Vice President for Student Affairs

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42 The University of Texas at El Paso Building a National Reputation by Successfully Serving its Region Gary Edens, Vice President for Student Affairs The University of Texas at El Paso

43 Bachelor's Degree Attainment Rate U.S. Family Income and Educational Attainment 1970 to % 70.0% Bottom Income Quartile Second Income Quartile 69.4% 69.4% 60.0% Third Income Quartile Top Income Quartile 50.0% 49.4% 40.0% 30.0% 20.0% 10.0% 36.8% 29.8% 25.3% 23.5% 17.8% 14.4% 15.1% 10.0% 11.2% 8.7% 6.6% 6.4% 6.9% 0.0% 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's * Smoothed Estimated Bachelor's Degree Attainment (unweighted 10-year Average), calculated using data provided by Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY

44 Access and Excellence at Pre-College Preparation Financial Aid & Scholarships Academic & Career Advising Degree Program Options Flexible Class Scheduling Robust Research Infrastructure Competitive Faculty & Students Expanded Graduate Programs Enhanced Graduate Fellowships Enriched Undergraduate Programs Closing the Gaps Tier One

45 The El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence Responding to the historically low educational attainment of El Paso youth, particularly Hispanics, this vertically integrated PK-16 partnership among UTEP, EPCC, school districts and civic/business leaders was established in 1991 to: Raise aspirations of all families in the region Unite the community around a commitment to quality education Increase the educational attainment of all children Eliminate achievement gaps between ethnic groups Enhance the preparation of tomorrow s teachers Gather and share assessment data to inform continuous improvement at all educational levels Over the past 20 years, the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence has often been recognized as one of the most innovative and effective systemic education reform efforts in the United States.

46 Percent Percent of Region 19 Students Meeting State Standard in Math (TAAS/TAKS - Exit Level) 100% 90% 80% 85% 78% 90% 91% 89% 80% 89% 70% 66% 66% 69% 60% 50% 40% 39% 44% Hispanic White Total 30% 20% 10% 0% 1993( TAAS) 1998 (TAAS) Source: Texas Education Agency, AEIS Regional Performance Reports

47 Percent EDINBURG CORPUS CHRISTI VICTORIA HOUSTON BEAUMONT HUNTSVILLE KILGORE MT PLEASANT WICHITA FALLS RICHARDSON FORT WORTH WACO AUSTIN ABILENE SAN ANGELO AMARILLO LUBBOCK MIDLAND EL PASO SAN ANTONIO Percent of High School Graduates Completing Recommended & Advanced High School Programs (All Educational Service Center Regions in Texas) 90% 84% 80% 70% 60% 50% 60% 57% 63% 69% 68% 72% 63% 50% 60% 68% 69% 62% 63% 60% 58% 65% 65% 66% 71% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Source: TEA and THECB, Texas PK-16 Public Education Information Resource, High School Graduates' Longitudinal Analysis - by Education Service Center Region

48 High School Graduation Rates for Major Texas Cities and El Paso Region, % 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 90% 87% 84% 84% 84% 83% 81% 83% 83% 79% 80% 79% 89% 79% 77% 79% 80% 80% 77% 71% 0% El Paso Region Austin Dallas Houston San Antonio District Hispanic White African-American Source: Texas Education Agency.

49 Economically Disadvantaged HS Graduates who Enrolled in Texas Universities - AY % 20.0% 20.3% 18.5% 16.9% 15.6% 14.9% 15.0% 10.0% 13.8% 13.8% 12.0% 10.4% 10.4% 6.0% 5.0% 0.0% *El Paso included in Upper Rio Grande. Economic disadvantage is defined as students who qualified to receive free or reduced lunch while in high school. Source: Texas Higher Education Regional Data (THECB), TEA

50 Improved College Readiness of First-Term Students at UTEP, 2003 to Math College Ready 28.5% 88.1% Writing College Ready 82.4% 89.6% Reading College Ready 72.7% 85.4%

51 UTEP Profile Fall 2014 Demographics: 23,079 Students enrolled (86% undergraduate) 84% El Paso County residents 6% Mexico residents 80% Hispanic 54% Female 53% First generation students 60% Top 10% high school graduates in EP County who attend a public university in Texas choose to enroll at UTEP Affordability $6,089 UTEP s net price, which is lowest among all research universities in U.S. 61% UTEP undergraduates who receive Pell Grants $13 MM Scholarships awarded annually Research: $83.25M Total research expenditures $38.25M Federal research expenditures (4 th in Texas among public universities) 20 Doctoral programs, enrolling 696 students 151 Total doctoral degrees awarded in Source: UTEP Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning, UTEP Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, IPEDS, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

52 Enrollment Transfer Student Trends 3,500 3,000 2,965 2,500 2,322 2,000 1,500 1,680 1,586 1,926 1, Total Transfers EPCC Transfers

53 Degrees UTEP Graduates with Transfer Credit From EPCC 3,500 3,000 2,500 2,000 1,798 2,749 2,058 3,123 2,307 1,500 1,000 1, Undergraduate Degrees Transfer credit from EPCC

54 Enrollment Degrees Awarded Growth in Enrollment and Degrees Awarded 25,000 20,000 15,000 15,224 19,842 22,749 2,128 3,171 4,371 5,000 4,000 3,000 10,000 2,000 5,000 49% growth from Fall 2000 to Fall 2012, Total Enrollment 105% growth from AY00-01 to AY12-13, Total Degrees Awarded 1, Total Enrollment Total Degrees Awarded

55 Access + Excellence = UTEP 1. UC San Diego 2. UC Riverside 3. UC Berkeley 4. Texas A&M University 5. UCLA 6. Stanford University Washington Monthly s 2014 Top 10 National Universities 7. University of Washington - Seattle 8. UTEP 9. Case Western Reserve University 10. Harvard Measures: 1) Social mobility: enrollment and graduation of low-income students; 2) research productivity; 3) commitment to service; and 4) affordability

56 The University of Texas at El Paso

57 Lessons for Latino Student Transfer & Success Initiatives Identify most viable 2 year 4 year partnership Form the right teams enrollment, VPSA, VPAA, advisors, orientation involve transfer students! Exchange data about student demographics, persistence by race, academic progress, transfer patterns, strengths/concerns for student engagement Discuss data patterns, differences, and concerns (i.e., are transfer Latino students differently engaged?) Inventory transfer & completion processes Identify mutual goals, and collaborate on specific initiatives

58 Next Up: Focus Groups Capture Latina and Latino experiences as they relate to transfer and college completion Authentic voices and video documentation 10 participating institutions (5 institutional pairs) 4 focus groups at each institution - 3 with student groups and one with faculty and staff College reports will be provided Florida TEXAS CALIFORNIA

59 Tools and Resources for Latino Student Engagement and Transfer Center Website Fact Sheet References

60 Questions? Today s presentation is posted on the Center for Community College Student Engagement website: presentations.cfm

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