Equity

May 2020
In spring 2016, Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) began what would be a transformational process catalyzed by its participation in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) project, Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success. Using the framework of examining student success outcomes from an equity perspective, AACC developed a strategic plan—Engagement Matters: Pathways to Completion—with a central goal to “eradicate achievement gaps.” Linking the goal of achievement gap eradication to the higher purpose of education...
May 2020
Phoenix College (PC), one of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), was established in 1920. Located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, PC is one of the oldest community colleges in the United States, serves more than 17,000 students annually, and is designated by the Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The college opened its doors during a period of racial unrest and was one of the only institutions to support a diverse student body at that time. Today, PC remains a staple in the community as a social justice-conscious college,...
September 2017
At Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), we recognize the completion agenda as a transformational call to action. Recent seminal works from the American Association of Community Colleges and others leave no doubt that “taking on bold ideas and dramatic change is the only way to meet college completion goals” (American Association of Community Colleges, 2014, p. 3). Further, as a member of Achieving the Dream, we know that dramatic change cannot happen without “designing all interventions with equity and scale in mind” (Achieving the Dream, 2017, para. 1). This article explores the use of...