ERIC Number: ED500424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-31
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Colorado Minority Success Taskforce
Colorado Commission on Higher Education
This report describes the best practices described by national experts, some of the actions that are currently being taken by Colorado institutions of higher education and recommendations for improving programs to retain and graduate minority and low-income students. Over the course of the taskforce's meetings, it became clear that Colorado's institutions are all working in different ways to answer many of the questions addressed by the national experts. Each of the institutions that presented to the taskforce had programs and policies in place to address the needs of minority and low-income students. There were some programs present on almost every campus; others programs are not present on each campus. Several institutions presented the taskforce with information about programs that are particularly successful on their campus. The taskforce found that what is largely absent is a systematic approach that coordinates alignment of federal, state and local resources to focus those limited resources on ensuring minority student success. Under Colorado's new College Opportunity Fund program, the state's institutions of higher education have the opportunity to focus their limited resources on meaningful programs to assist low-income and minority students. To meet this end, institutions must develop long-term plans to address these issues and prioritize funding to attend to the needs of low-income and minority students. The taskforce recommend the following as first steps toward a long-term, systemic approach to ensuring minority student success.: (1) Amend Performance Contract Provisions to Require Best Practices; (2) Amend Fee-for-Service Contracts to Fund Research-Based Support Services; (3) Amend Performance Contract Provisions to Include Specific Support Services; (4) Prioritize Work Study Within Financial Aid; and (5) Implement an Online Textbook Pilot Program to Reduce Book Costs.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Performance Contracts, Pilot Projects, Program Effectiveness, Minority Groups, Academic Persistence, College Students, Low Income Groups, School Holding Power, State Aid, Work Study Programs, Student Financial Aid, Textbooks, Graduation Rate
Colorado Commission on Higher Education. 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80204. Tel: 303-866-2723; Fax: 303-866-4266; Web site: http://highered.colorado.gov/cche.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado