Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges

As part of its special initiative—Improving Outcomes for Men of Color in Community Colleges— the Center presents this special report, Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges. The report provides data that help colleges understand achievement gaps and ask the tough questions in efforts to find more effective solutions for all students, but especially for male students of color. The Center describes in this report a significant challenge for the nation’s community colleges: a set of conditions that affect large numbers of students—and that must be addressed if these institutions are to provide genuine opportunity and equity for all Americans.

Aspirations to Achievement captures insights from expert researchers and practitioners, including members of the National Advisory Committee, as well as findings gleaned from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and from focus groups and structured interviews with students, faculty, staff, and administrators at six partner colleges—Austin Community College (TX), Jackson College (MI), Lansing Community College (MI), Los Angeles Southwest College (CA), Los Angeles Trade Technical College (CA), and Tarrant County College (TX). The Center was particularly focused on listening actively and accurately to students’ experiences and voices that are so central to the initiative and this report. More specifically, the report provides key facts based on cutting edge research on men of color, a discussion of key themes that emerged from focus groups, an analysis of Center survey data on engagement and achievement, profiles of college initiatives serving men of color, and finally, guiding questions for colleges to consider in beginning and advancing conversations around these issues.

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