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ERIC Number: ED507508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Access and Equity for All Students: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Students. Report 09-14
Angeli, Mallory
California Postsecondary Education Commission
Access and equity for all students in California colleges and universities is a high priority of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Over the past year, CPEC staff have reviewed research, collected data, convened an advisory committee, and hosted a panel of experts, students, and advocates on the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. LGBT students face many challenges that require additional campus services and resources for them to be successful in college, according to research and experts in the field. Compared to heterosexual students, LGBT students face higher rates of mental health problems, sexual health risks, substance abuse, and family issues leading to negative health outcomes. Another significant issue is the lack of data and limitations in collecting that data. Data comes only from optional student surveys. Without consistent longitudinal data, it is impossible to track and assess LGBT student persistence and degree completion. This paper outlines policy recommendations supported by research and by individuals working in advocacy for LGBT students in higher education. Because many campuses face similar challenges in creating supportive campus climates, and some have already adopted practices and policies, CPEC recommends that campuses share best practices on policies, professional development, training materials, and other resources. This repository of information can enhance the efforts of systems and individual campuses and reduce planning and implementation costs.
California Postsecondary Education Commission. 770 L Street Suite 1160, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-322-9268; Fax: 916-327-4417; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Postsecondary Education Commission
Identifiers - Location: California