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ERIC Number: ED356025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Participation and Success of Minorities and Women at Dona Ana Branch Community College. Submitted to [the] New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.
Burr, Marjorie
In June 1992, Dona Ana Branch Community College (DABCC) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, initiated a self-study to identify changes needed for fuller participation by minorities and women and to establish goals for student, faculty, and staff diversity. The self-study focused on college and program enrollments by gender and ethnicity; recruitment materials; admissions, orientation, and registration procedures; retention and completion rates of minorities and women; policies and practices supporting retention; transitions of program completers to jobs or further education; and faculty and staff diversity. The study found that in comparison to their representation in the service area, Blacks and American Indians were overrepresented in the spring 1992 college population and Hispanics were underrepresented. Men were overrepresented in technical programs. No patterns of ethnic bias in enrollment appeared in any program or division. Based on self-study findings, goals and related plans were developed, including the following: (1) develop a recruiting plan for areas with high concentrations of Hispanic and Black students; (2) develop a proactive marketing plan to promote gender equity; (3) modify admission, orientation, placement, and advising procedures to better integrate students into the college community; (4) increase faculty and staff awareness of cultural diversity issues; (5) improve financial aid services; (6) enhance articulation with bachelor's degree programs; (7) undertake efforts to employ an ethnically diverse faculty; and (8) encourage occupational students to consider teaching careers. DABCC's mission statment is appended. (Contains 17 references.) (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Dona Ana Branch Community Coll.