ERIC Number: ED346934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Gleanings: The Minority Student Success Project.
Smith, Barbara Leigh; MacGregor, Jean
The Minority Student Success Project (MSSP) initiated in 1989 was designed to improve the recruitment and retention of minority students on campuses in the state of Washington. The results of a questionnaire on minority students administered to all of Washington's community colleges, and data from follow-up interviews, were used to design working retreats to develop minority success programs. Teams from 23 of the colleges attended the retreats in the winter and fall of 1990. Follow-up visits to the participating colleges by project staff in spring, 1991 revealed the following: (1) there was a strong commitment to minority student success; (2) schools with developed planning and coordinating structures had the greatest success; (3) strong leadership and sustained focus were critical; (4) communication and coordination with other initiatives enhanced program effectiveness; (5) there was a need for focused planning and the setting of short-term, realistic goals; (6) existing data needed to be examined and more widely shared; (7) serving minority students needed to be understood as a campus-wide responsibility, not just the job of a multicultural services office; (8) the reality of intercultural conflict needed to be squarely confronted; and (9) building campus commitment and infrastructure would be a long-term, developmental undertaking. The report concludes with a list of recommendations for the next steps to be taken, and brief descriptions of individual campus initiatives. Appendixes include a list of program participants and a list of questions for institutional self-evaluation. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.; Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.
Note: For a related document, see JC 920 367.