Whereas, Low success rates in course completion, persistence and retention by African American students are clearly documented by the Data Mart system maintained by the System Office;
Whereas, Several papers and articles on student success and basic skills also document that a disproportionate number of African American students are failing to meet the minimum level for academic success;
Whereas, Successful programs, such as Puente and Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), have been demonstrated to improve success rates and transfer rates for students of color; and
Whereas, Other successful programs focused on African American students can serve as a model for the development of programs that can also improve success rates for African American students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges investigate successful statewide and national models which include both instructional and student services designed to encourage the persistence and retention of African American and other underrepresented students; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges share the results of this investigation at a future plenary session. MSC Disposition: Local Senates
Committee worked with Umoja and the Campus Change Network to present a report at the Fall 2008 Plenary Session.