Student Equity

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The student equity project is an initiative supported by the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) whose purpose is to help students by providing the additional support they need to achieve their educational goals. The equity plan as laid out by the Chancellor’s Office focuses on increasing access, course completion, ESL and basic skills completion, degrees, certificates, and transfer for all students.

Projects

There are several projects currently being funded by Student Equity. We encourage you to read through the project summaries to gain a sense of the strides being taken to decrease the current equity gaps in our student community.

Accelerated English Curriculum

The purpose of an accelerated curriculum for the English 105AX is to complete the developmental sequence (ENGL 801A/801B/105) in one semester. If we can improve the success rates in English composition, we will have an impact on the disproportionately represented groups who fail to complete the required English Composition Courses.

Approved Summer 2015

Accelerated Reading Curriculum

The funding from this grant will provide the means to develop an accelerated reading format and curriculum for students who need, or desire, to complete their reading requirements faster and/or have the ability to learn more rapidly. The plan for an accelerated curriculum format for the READ 883-READ 82 course is to use the design of the California Acceleration Project to complete transfer-level reading in one semester. 

Approved Spring 2015

African-American Learning Community

This project will establish an African-American Learning Community (AALC) at Long Beach City College. The AALC will be committed to educational excellence, personal growth, and development of students primarily of African descent.

Approved Summer 2015

Brain-Based Learning & Career Development

This project will offer a 3-unit course (Counseling 50) that is focused on brain-based learning in which students can develop themselves as they learn about their strengths, motivation, efficacy, goal setting, roles of mindset, productivity, communication, leadership, career readiness, and other life skills necessary for their future career.

Approved Summer 2015

Closing Technology Equity Gaps Through the Use of Chromebooks

This project is requesting funds to purchase Chromebooks (Google Laptops) that students can check out and use within the library, therefore closing achievement gaps by providing access to relevant technology.

Approved Summer 2015

Curriculum Retreat

Efforts are being coordinated to provide professional development regarding the various aspects of curriculum development, modification, inactivation and the approval processes. The goal is to disseminate accurate and current information for the purpose of facilitating effective practices and appropriate methods for curricular processes. If LBCC is not in compliance in regard to curriculum, then all of the disproportionately impacted student populations are impacted.

Approved Spring 2015

Disproportionate Groups

This project will focus on conducting research on the barriers of disproportionately impacted groups that contribute to low access rate, low certificate completion, and low associate degree completion, which will then allow for the proper interventions to be implemented.

Approved Summer 2015

Embedded Student Support Specialists

This project provides built-in classroom information and intervention support to faculty and students in basic skills, ESL, developmental Math and English, and other typical first-year courses such as Counseling 1. The Embedded Student Support Project is typically coordinated by an Enrollment Specialist and acts as a bridge between academic affairs and student services.

Approved Summer 2015

English Composition Alignment Project

Over 30% of the disproportionately represented students who pass the lower level English courses are not succeeding when they get to English 1. In order to address this problem, the English Department aims to create greater alignment of the sections of required composition courses. Instructors will be socialized in order to achieve agreement on the application of the department’s rubrics.

Approved Spring 2015

EOPS Book Loan Library and Class Related Material Program

This project will expand the EOPS library so that all of the EOPS students can receive at least 2 books per semester in the academic areas most affected by disproportionate impacts such as basic skills, English, Reading, and Math.

Approved Summer 2015

ESL Supplemental Reading and Writing Materials

ESL dictionaries and thesauri for in-class supplemental language development, as well as the supplemental writer’s reference book, will be provided for students to use during class. These items are often on instructors’ “recommended textbook” list at the bookstore, but due to their high cost, few ESL students have the resources to purchase them. Many learning opportunities are lost as a result. In addition, novels and biographies will be purchased that people who grew up in the United States are familiar with, but many ESL students are not.

Increasing Student Success and Equity in the Metal Fabrication Technology/Welding Programs

This proposal is focusing on the Metal Fabrication Technology Program and the Welding courses that support it. The project will focus on the purchase of online texts and books for student use, recruitment, and alignment with industry-recognized certifications.

Approved Summer 2015

Expansion of Learning & Academic Resources and Tutoring

This project is working to expand the tutoring and Supplemental Instruction services in a targeted manner through the Learning and Academic Resources department. This expansion project will focus on the “gatekeeper” courses that have prevented LBCC students from earning certificates, degrees, and transferring. While additional services at LAC are planned, the primary focus will be to expand services at PCC, which has historically been under-served with academic assistance.

Approved Spring 2015

Making Math Relevant

Transfer level math is one of the big gatekeepers for the typical University-bound student. The purpose of this project is to assemble a team of 3 faculty members to be able to collaborate and turn Math 115 into what it should be: an innovative, hands-on math course that will help train students on how to use math in the real world, as well as in other disciplines and statistics. This provides an alternative pathway for math students and has the potential to become as popular as Math 130 (Intermediate Algebra).

Approved Spring 2015

Math Over Lunch

Math/Lunch is a series of collaborative workshops amongst math faculty, educators, or possibly students, to collectively share and discuss, implement, and assess different methodologies of best teaching practices that would address the needs of the communities affected by the disproportionate impact.

Approved Spring 2015

Math Matters

Math Matters is a short, intensive program that targets a wide range of students who need to review math concepts rather than to learn developmental math. Math Matters goes deeper into the transition support, offering students math instruction (rather than just review) while providing an opportunity for students to build relationships, college skills, and college knowledge which will, ideally, support them as they persist to a degree.

Approved Spring 2015

Math Modules and Distance Learning Resources

The purpose of this project is to create modular courses to support student success as well as promote equity for underrepresented students. The project will allow local videos with the faculty as lecturers to be available on-demand and on the web. These modules can support students in existing courses or provide remediation for those who need a refresher. The modules can be for credit or for remediation once they have been created.

Approved Spring 2015

Mentoring/LBCC Reads One Book

This program is designed to provide relevant curriculum to transfer-bound African American students and connect them to African American mentors who have transferred or completed their university degree.

Approved Summer 2015

Multicultural English Cohort

This proposal will develop a project in which 4-8 English 801A courses work together in a cohort to offer a special theme in multiculturalism. These courses will offer the same practice in writing as standard English 801A courses but do so through a focus on multicultural topics, culturally relevant writing assignments, and a study of written works by African-American, Latino, and other authors supporting diversity and cultural awareness.

Approved Summer 2015

Our Turn: Making Movies

Our Turn: Making Movies is a 1-day event with activities designed to introduce women and girls to filmmaking as both a means of expression and a career. The goal is to increase access to LBCC film production courses for females (and to some degree also affect completion rates).

Approved Summer 2015

Reimagining Reading Curriculum

The Reading Department is proposing to combine their current 880 and 881 Reading Classes. Currently, these classes are taught in the whole class, teacher-directed, course format.  This would change to be a self-paced course based on a diagnostic of individual reading needs.  It will be divided into stand-alone modules, become computer-assisted, and housed in the Reading and Writing Success Center or appropriate computer lab under the direction of a reading faculty professor.

Approved Spring 2015

Reserve Textbook Services Project

This proposal is requesting funds to support and expand the Reserve Textbook Service at both PCC and LAC campuses, removing the financial obstacle that keeps economically disadvantaged students from purchasing course materials, and, allowing for timely access to current course materials.

Approved Summer 2015

Science Nights

Science Night is an event that will focus on existing LBCC students and those who will be coming from local area schools. The goal is to expose the students to STEM activities in an exploratory afternoon/evening hosted by LBCC faculty in classrooms and science labs. This project supports student success and recruitment of underrepresented students into STEM fields.

Approved Summer 2015

Shared Science

LBCC Equity STEM majors that have had physics, chemistry, and engineering courses will experience becoming STEM interns to K-12 students in an after-school STEM program developed by the LBCC partner, “Shared Science” a 501(c)3 educational non-profit. In addition, our LBCC STEM students will host a local robotic competition know as FIRST Lego League.

Approved Summer 2015

Specialized Summer Bridge for Disabled Students

The Summer Bridge to LBCC is a unique program focused on transitioning high school students with disabilities to college life.  Through structured activities, Summer Bridge to LBCC will assist students in making an academic, social, and personal adjustment to ensure a successful college experience.

Approved Spring 2015

Student-Athlete Textbook Reserve Program

This project will create a Student-Athlete Textbook Reserve Program, removing financial obstacles through direct student support.

Approved Summer 2015

Student Orientation Handbook

Funding will aid in the printing of the LBCC Student Handbook. The handbook contains pertinent information regarding various college policies and procedures and is available for each student at LBCC. It will be edited and updated annually, and distributed for the Fall semester.

Approved Spring 2015

Study Hall for Adults, a Quiet Space for Homeless and Parents

The purpose of this project is to obtain basic data on the homeless population of Long Beach City College.  Homeless students lack access to quiet study areas, online educational resources, and digital technology.  Providing these resources would increase the completion of the homeless students’ course of study and enable transfer to the baccalaureate institutions or allow them to obtain trade certification.

Approved Summer 2015

The Role of Career Assessment Training/Certification on Successful University Transfer

Undeclared students who have not chosen a major, career path or educational goal are at risk of not completing requirements for transfer. Funding will aid in professional development in the form of career assessment training/certifications needed for counselors and other support services staff.

Approved Spring 2015

Translating Library Research Materials

Under the direction of the Librarian, an outside translation firm will translate 40 existing English spoken language videos. This will not only benefit non-English speaking students but deaf and hard of hearing students will be able to access Closed Captions in languages of choice.

Approved Summer 2015

Veterans Equity

This project is centered on Veteran access and Veteran success in regards to retention issues. The goal of this project is to acquire data regarding retention rates, assessment placement, and transitional difficulties that these underrepresented students face.

Approved Spring 2015

Visual and Media Arts Visiting Artist Program

The Visual & Media Arts Visiting Artist Program will be an on-going series of lectures/panels and presentations dedicated to bringing important local, national and international visual artists, film-makers, critics, designers and cultural figures to Long Beach City College. The program will focus on prominent individuals/collectives whose visual media work has been recognized for addressing relevant issues impacting underserved/under-represented communities.

Approved Summer 2015