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ERIC Number: ED513823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Divided We Fail in LA: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in the Los Angeles Community College District
Moore, Colleen; Shulock, Nancy
Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
A recent report titled "Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California's Community Colleges" shows that student outcomes in the state's community colleges are inadequate to meet the projected demand for college-educated workers in the labor market. The report also documents the serious problem posed by the disparities in outcomes across racial/ethnic groups, disparities that leave the growing populations of underrepresented minority (primarily Latino and black) students much less likely to complete college degrees. The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is the largest district in the state of California, enrolling over 250,000 students annually--about one in 10 of all students in the 72 districts of the California Community College (CCC) system. It serves a substantially higher share of under-represented minority students than the system as a whole, with blacks and Latinos accounting for 68% of enrolled students compared to 43% systemwide. The impact of continued racial disparities on the workforce is especially relevant in the Los Angeles region, given its size and diversity. Educational attainment among the large and growing Latino population is a particular concern, as the Latino share of the working-age population in Los Angeles County is projected to grow from 44% currently to about 50% in 2020 and 60% in 2040. At the request of Alliance for a Better Community, an organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos to ensure the well-being of the Los Angeles region, this report summarizes student progress over 6 years for over 18,000 students in the LACCD. As what was done for the CCC system in "Divided We Fail", this report examines student progress through intermediate outcomes (called "milestones") and on to the completion of certificates, degrees and transfers. (Contains 1 table, 9 figures and 4 footnotes.) [Support for this paper was provided by the Alliance for a Better Community. For the related report, "Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California's Community Colleges", see ED513824.
Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy. 6000 J Street, Tahoe Hall 3063, Sacramento, CA 95819. Tel: 916-278-3888; Fax: 916-278-3907; e-mail: IHELP@csus.edu; Web site: http://www.csus.edu/ihelp
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: California State University, Sacramento. Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
Identifiers - Location: California