Success of Latino Student Achievement

James Todd, Area A Representative Chair, Equity and Diversity Action Committee
Jeff Burdick, Clovis Community College Center, Equity and Diversity Action Committee

The Equity and Diversity Action Committee (EDAC), which was reinstated for 2014-15 as a standing committee of ASCCC, has been charged with responding to Resolution 13.06, “Success of Latino Student Achievement,” from Spring 2012 Plenary. The resolved clauses are as follows:

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges identify appropriate structures to support current and emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions in meeting the needs of Latino students and increasing their success, and report the findings to the body; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support closing the achievement gap for all students.

While researching the available literature, EDAC found an informative, critical research document that addresses Latino college success directly. The publication is by the initiative Excelencia in Education and is entitled, What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education: 2013 Compendium Profiles of Selected Programs. [1]

EDAC recommends that local senates, especially those of Hispanic Serving Institutions, use this publication as a planning tool to close the achievement gaps for students. Many of the practices described in this document will be useful for all students.

[1] Excelencia in Education. (2013). What works for Latino students in higher education: 2013 compendium profiles of selected programs.  Washington, DC: Author.  Retrieved from

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