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ERIC Number: ED525107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Access and Success for People of Color in Washington Community and Technical Colleges: Progress Report. Research Report Number 09-2
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
In September 2006, the State Board approved a new System Direction to guide the two-year-college system for the next ten years. One of three primary goals for the system is to increase educational attainment for the economic development of the state and the economic well-being of Washingtonians. Since 2000, State Board staff has provided periodic reports on access and success indicators for students of color, and staff and faculty diversity. The following points are findings in this latest report: (1) Colleges have achieved a measure of success in access for people of color. Overall, via the three missions for basic skills, transfer and workforce education, they are providing equitable access to students of color at access rates that exceed their percentages in the state population; (2) Enrollment in college-level coursework is also above parity for all groups except Hispanics; (3) Progress and success indicators show gains are being made, but large gaps remain; (4) Longer-term, college completions (degrees and certificates) and transfer are improving for all students. However, sixth-year success rates in cohorts for students of color (apart from Asians) still substantially lag white students; (5) Achievement and completions are built with stronger retention and intermediate progress; (6) There is an equally large group of students that persisted in college for a period from three to six years, but did not complete; (7) Adult Basic Education, which includes basic skills/GED preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, are major entryways for a large number of students of color; (8) Less than half of basic skills students are making substantial gains; and (9) Over half (53 percent) of young high school graduates enrolled in at least one pre-college English or math class in their first year of college. Enrollments and Access Ratios by Career Field are appended. (Contains 9 tables and 3 footnotes.)
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. P.O. Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495. Tel: 360-704-4400; Fax: 360-704-4415; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests