Student Equity: From Dialog and Access to Action

Equity and Diversity
Equity and Diversity Action Committee

This paper provides specific suggestions to help local faculty make more purposeful use of program-level student equity data on their campuses and suggests best practices for the use of these data as local colleges develop their equity and diversity plans. It will help California community colleges in establishing and maintaining an active link between equity plans and the ongoing review of course and program planning and accreditation. Student equity, which is parity in the achievement and success of all student populations, continues to be a concern for California community colleges, and this paper is meant to be a resource in meeting ethical, professional, and legal responsibilities to facilitate success for all students. The paper provides recommended actions for local senates, links to resources for locating external data and research, principles for effective use of data, and a discussion of the new federal and state guidelines for ethnicity data collection.