By Joshua Rosales
An infographic produced by the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) out of San Diego State University illustrates one of the problems community colleges must tackle. Looking at data from the CCCCO Datamart, most likely using data from the http://scorecard.cccco.edu/scorecard.aspx, the researchers at M2C3 show how well males of different ethnic/racial groups are doing when starting at remedial, defined as below transfer level, math and English courses. The outcome desired is successful completion of a college level course in the same subject within six years. The graphics clearly show African-American, Latino, and Native American students complete the college level course at lower rates than the State average and lower than White or Asian students and the authors claim this shows the community colleges need to revamp the remediation approach.
One issue with the infographic is that it does not take into account starting level. There is some evidence to suggest African-American, Latino, and Native American students are disproportionately placed into remedial courses 3 or more levels below transfer. This means they have an increased number of courses, an increased amount of time required, and increased opportunities to create stopping points in their paths the reach the transfer/college level course compared to the average White or Asian student starting in remedial/pre-collegiate courses. It would be interesting to see the disaggregated results when looking at students starting at the same level.
These types of issues are what the Student Equity Plan (SEP) all California Community Colleges are required to submit are trying to address. El Camino College’s SEP was presented to the District Board December 16 and will now be submitted to the CCCCO. This plan provides the framework for actions that will be taken over the next three years with the goal of decreasing outcomes gaps for target groups.
To see the infographic, click here: