Giving Compass’ Take:
• MDRC shares insights from the LATIDO Roundtable which aimed to find the best way for California Community Colleges to support Latino students.
• How can other states with varying Latino populations best serve their students? How can state and private schools address the needs of their Latino students?
• Find out why new research offers hope to first-generation college grads.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley and Deputy Chancellor Erik Skinner opened the LATIDO roundtable asserting that the state’s vision for sustaining its civic and economic well-being depends on the overall educational attainment of its Latino population.
The roundtable experts shared and debated key institutional factors that can promote successful persistence through transfer and graduation for Latino college students. Throughout the day’s discussions, four prominent themes emerged about institutional characteristics and changes that participants consider essential for California HSIs to advance Latino student success:
- Better alignment of goals and intended outcomes across different educational departments and institutions.
- Commitments to equity, diversity, and cultural competence fostered by institutional leadership and widely endorsed by the faculty and staff.
- Programs and services with holistic approaches that support the educational experiences of Latino students and their communities.
- Better data and metrics, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, to measure Latino student outcomes.
As more Latinos pursue postsecondary education, altering the demographic complexion of the student body at many California colleges, these institutions must develop methods that effectively support Latino students academically and culturally. HSIs are becoming models for maximizing the effect of policies and practices on Latino postsecondary attainment rates, an important factor in California’s goals for increasing college transfer and degree completion rates overall.