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1 Latino Student Success and Promising Practices IOWA LATINA/O EDUCATION INITIATIVE CONFERENCE Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D. Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Maricopa Community Colleges

2 Pew Research Center For the first time, a greater share of Hispanic recent high school graduates are enrolled in college than whites. The Hispanic high school dropout rate continues to fall. The number of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics enrolled in college increased by 324,000 students between 2011 and 2012, marking the third straight year of increases. Hispanics now make up one-fourth of all public school students a new demographic milestone

3 Pew Research Center Despite these recent milestones, Latinos continue to lag other groups when it comes to earning a bachelor s degree. In 2012, 14.5% of Latinos ages 25 and older had earned one. By contrast, 51% of Asians, 34.5% of whites and 21.2% of blacks had earned a bachelor s degree. Hispanic college students are also less likely than whites to enroll in a four-year college, attend a selective college, and enroll full-time.

4 National Statistics Projected Population Growth Degree Attainment Source: Population Division, Population Projections, U.S. Census Bureau. Released Source: A Stronger Nation through Higher Education, 2012

5 The task before us now is twofold. First, we must demand early educational excellence in middle and high school, so that Latino students gain the academic skills and mindsets necessary to succeed in a competitive college environment. Second, we should help Latino families gain financial literacy and help them select affordable colleges that best meet their educational needs. Bob Hildreth. Founder, Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) Huffington Post, May

6 What Works for All Students? Students participation in multiple structured highimpact experiences leads to increasingly higher levels of engagement. And while increasing numbers of institutions are offering such experiences, only small numbers of colleges require them, and far too few students are participating in them. A Matter of Degrees. High-Impact Practices for Community College Student Engagement (2013) Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

7 What Works for All Students? Assessment and Placement Registration before classes begin Academic Goal Setting and Planning Orientation Student Success Course Early Alert and Intervention Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

8 What Works for All Students? Accelerated or fast-track developmental education First-year Experience Learning Communities Experiential learning Tutoring Supplemental Instruction Class attendance Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

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10 What Works for Create a college-going culture in the community Communicate the value of education. Provide better consumer information Collaborate with community-based organizations Involve the families Have a single point of contact for students and families Excelencia in Education

11 What Works for Improve high school standards and alignment between K-12 and Higher Education Increase expectations for success Establish partnerships with H.S., Bridge Programs; early assessments and interventions Use funding or other incentives to encourage and reward successful completion Offer after-school program that provides enriched academic instruction and college prep

12 What Works for Provide flexibility: evening, weekend, online options Partnership with universities, articulation agreements, simplify transfer Collaborations with business sector: 0pportunity for internships Provide options for students to receive career and workforce training Excelencia in Education

13 What Works for Establish student/academic support programs Tutoring Adult mentors, role models, peer mentors Financial aid; financial literacy Use of data; tracking systems. Measure and report the comparative effectiveness of the programs Reexamine institutional procedures to serve students better

14 Partners in Collective Impact

15 AWARENESS PREPARATION ENTRY PROGRESS COMPLETION EMPLOYMENT GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL To maximize the number of Latino high school-aged youth who are ready for college To create a college completion culture for Latino youth and their families by increasing knowledge & engagement of staff, parents, students & faculty Provide professional development for advisors, teachers, counselors, & frontline staff of partner organizations increase collaboration between high schools, CCs, and universities, including parent education, FAFSA completion & enrollment app. Workshops To maximize the number of Latino youth who enroll in college by minimizing the impact of bureaucracy in the enrollment process Increase retention and persistence through intrusive advisement, specialized programs and instructional delivery focused on Latino/a students Increase the number of students earning a degree/certificate or credential by implementing and/or supporting college completion models for Latino/a students Increase the number of Latinos earning a living wage STRATEGIES STRATEGIES STRATEGIES STRATEGIES STRATEGIES STRATEGIES Develop professional learning communities to develop and conduct develop and implement provide internship increase the number of assist high school and college peer mentoring for Latino and service learning success coaches at the community college application/fafsa students at the opportunities for community colleges faculty to prepare Latino completion events community college Latino students students for college Develop a customized approach of communicating to Latino students their acceptance to college or university WORK TEAMS: professional dev develop faculty exchanges between high school and community college faculty to align State Core Standards Curriculum Increase summer boot camp for Latino students in multiple subject areas increase non-credit solutions to prepare Latino students for college placement tests collaboration design and conduct professional development sessions focused on college knowledge for partners Pilot the use of ACT scores for college placement at community colleges summer boot camp develop and conduct professional development in effective self determination, developmental education and diversity strategies for faculty Scale up accelerated and contextualized learning communities at the community colleges increase cultivation of potential private funding to support Latino students in higher education & sustain Degree Phoenix work Identify Latino students that are close to finishing a degree, certificate, or credential and advise them on available options for completion including reverse transfer implement coenrollment between colleges and universities and Workforce Investment Act programs design, deliver, and promote career workshops at high schools and community colleges collect and distribute career/job data analysis in Phoenix that would give Latino students a living wage. mentoring career prep fundraising data

16 Solutions= Bridge Programs Increase awareness early among high school students about the importance of a college education. Reduce the need for remedial work in college. Increase the number of high school students who successfully enroll in community college. Improve educational outcomes for first generation college-goers and underrepresented groups of students.

17 Achieving a College Education ACE - Goals 1. Increase number of at-risk students graduating from high school. 2. Increase number of students attending college after completing ACE Program. 3. Increase number of students earning a college degree or certificate.

18 ACE Essentials Focus on At-Risk Students Creation of Student Cohort Groups High Academic Standards A Nonthreatening Environment Continuous Contact with Students Family Involvement Long Overlap of Transition Points Strong Collaboratoin between institutions Financial Support Financial Aid Information

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20 ACE Impact ACE has served over 15,000 students from since 1988 On average 81% of students have been retained The average high school GPA of ACE students who graduated in 2012 was 3.15 Of the 2012 ACE high school graduates, 88% graduated early or on time. 72% of 2011 ACE students continued on to college after completing program

21 Student Success

22 Single Stop s Community College Initiative + = Coordinate Access to Tax Credits and Safety Net Assistance Maximize outreach for financial aid Increased Graduation Privileged & Confidential 22

23 Single Stop s Community College Partnership Single Stop Services Community College Partners Single Stop Clients Technology (BEN) Benefits Counseling Training Program Assistance + Case Management Tax Preparation = Change Management Consulting Legal Counseling Data Tracking and Evaluation Financial Counseling Privileged & Confidential 23

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