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1 Peralta Scholars Program Peralta Community College District Strategic Student Success Initiative

2 The Challenge In addition to overall deficits in completion, Latino and black students are 5-10% less likely to complete than white or Asian... - Community College League of California Source:

3 The Initiative Peralta Scholars Program (PSP) is a comprehensive academic success program targeting African- American and Latino students in the Peralta Community College District aiming to positively impact the rates of recruitment, persistence, and completion.

4 Rationale The initiative is led at the District level to coordinate the current efforts AND to launch the Peralta Scholars Program. PSP is informed by best practices and subject matter experts in programming for students based on gender and culture.

5 Subject Matter Experts Michael CuyjetMichael Cuyjet Pedro NogueraPedro Noguera Shaun HarperShaun Harper Gilda OchoaGilda Ochoa Luke WoodsLuke Woods Tyrone C. HowardTyrone C. Howard Schott FoundationSchott Foundation

6 Promising Practices

7 ASAP Findings There are large and significant differences between ASAP and comparison group students in terms of retention rates, movement through developmental course work, credit accumulation, and graduation rates. These differences are seen as early as the first semester and continue to be found at all junctures over three years. Students who start ASAP with developmental needs graduate at high rates like students who enter fully skills proficient: After three years, 47% of ASAP students with developmental needs and 56% of fully skills proficient ASAP students have graduated vs. 19% of non- ASAP students with developmental needs and 28% of fully skills proficient non-ASAP students. Students from underrepresented groups appear to benefit more from ASAP than other students. When graduation and transfer are considered together, 63 out of every 100 students who began ASAP three years earlier have either graduated, transferred to a baccalaureate program, or both vs. 44 comparison group students. Most importantly ASAP students graduate at more than double the rates of non-ASAP students. Source:

8 Program Benchmarks

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10 Program Features Bridge ProgramBridge Program Program OrientationProgram Orientation Intrusive CounselingIntrusive Counseling Early AlertEarly Alert Staff/Student WorkshopsStaff/Student Workshops Community/Career MentorCommunity/Career Mentor *Mandatory Tutoring*Mandatory Tutoring * Based on Assessment *Mandatory Tutoring

11 Bridge Features Math Boot CampMath Boot Camp English Boot CampEnglish Boot Camp Cultural WorkshopsCultural Workshops Gender WorkshopsGender Workshops Life SkillsLife Skills Academic SkillsAcademic Skills Services/ResourcesServices/Resources Team BuildingTeam Building

12 Program Benefits PSP GrantPSP Grant Book VoucherBook Voucher Fulfillment of SSSPFulfillment of SSSP Eligible for ScholarshipsEligible for Scholarships Built-In Peer Network from Bridge ProgramBuilt-In Peer Network from Bridge Program

13 Program Eligibility California Resident/AB540 California Resident/AB540 Receive Need Based Financial Aid Receive Need Based Financial Aid Enrolled in at least 12 Units Enrolled in at least 12 Units Enroll in an approved major with the intent to graduate and/or transfer within 3 years Enroll in an approved major with the intent to graduate and/or transfer within 3 years

14 If patterns of inequality are invisible, they will not be discussed, and if institutional participants do not have a reason or opportunity to talk about unequal outcomes, the problem will not be addressed directly. - Estela Maria Bensimon Director, USC Center for Urban Education Source:

15 District Led Initiative

16 Key Stakeholders District Leadership District Leadership Advisory Committee Advisory Committee Peralta Foundation Peralta Foundation College Presidents College Presidents College VPs College VPs Faculty Leads Faculty Leads Lead Counselor/s Lead Counselor/s Associated Students Associated Students Community Partners Community Partners

17 Peralta Scholars Program (PSP) Advisory Committee Members provide counsel, advice, and insight to the Chancellor and the PSP leadership team. The primary purpose of the advisory committee is to assess the programs impact on student success and addressing the achievement gap at PCCD. The committee uses their social capital to advocate, fundraise, and promote the PSP on their respective campuses and in the broader communities we serve. PSP Advisory Committee members meet monthly and review progress reports on the program and provide recommendations. Advisory Committee

18 Program Staffing 1 FTE District Administrator1 FTE District Administrator 1 FTE Staff Assistant 1 FTE Staff Assistant 1 FTE Program Manager 1 FTE Program Manager 4 Student Workers 4 Student Workers

19 District Administrator Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Education Services, the incumbent organizes, and oversees the implementation of the Peralta Scholars Program (PSP). The incumbent builds, maintains, and streamlines the internal and external partnerships that ensure the success of the program and PCCD students. The incumbent oversees the data collection, trainings, and process of PSP. The District Administor secures the budget, approves all expenditures, and supervises the district PSP staff.

20 Reporting to the District Administrator, the Program Manger oversees the day- to-day operations of the program and is the primary contact for campus teams for the PSP. The Program Manager works with the campus teams to provide strategy, update student files, and collect data. The incumbent ensures the campus teams have the training, information, and resources they need to fully implement the program. The incumbent will coordinate the bridge program and any special events associated with PSP. The program manger supervises the student workers. Program Manager

21 Reporting directly to the Program Manager, the student workers are assigned a PCCD College to service. Each student worker will responsible to follow up with various requests from the colleges including but not limited to: supporting campus specific events/programs, management of website/social network, processing applications, and serving as peer support for Peralta Scholars. Student Workers - District

22 District Role Establish Program Establish Program Train Campus Staff Train Campus Staff Collect and Report Data Collect and Report Data Conduct Research Conduct Research Coordinate Travel to National Conferences Coordinate Travel to National Conferences Host Special Programs Host Special Programs Publish Newsletter Publish Newsletter

23 Program Staffing - Campuses 1 FTE Faculty Lead1 FTE Faculty Lead 1 FTE Counselor1 FTE Counselor 2 Student Workers2 Student Workers

24 The PSP Faculty Lead is the primary person responsible for implementing the PSP program on campus. The faculty lead will be trained by the District’s PSP leadership on the components of the program, success strategies for the targeted population and submission progress reports. Using the criteria and regulations developed at the district level, the PSP Faculty Lead selects participants for the program and tracks the progress of PSP students. The Faculty Lead also conducts PSP student orientations and workshops related to the program. Faculty Lead - Campus

25 The PSP Counselor advises the PSP students towards their academic goals. Each PSP Counselor meets with each PSP student a minimum of three (3) times per semester ensuring that the student is moving systematically toward completion of certificate or degree. The counselor provides academic, career, personal, and if necessary, transfer counseling to the PSP students. The counselor presents student success workshops to the PSP students. Counselor - Campus

26 Reporting directly to the Faculty Lead, the student two (2) student workers at each campus provides support and peer advising to the PSP students. Student workers assist with logistics for campus programs, processing applications, and other clerical responsibilities to support the programs at the campus level. Student Workers - Campus

27 Program Goals Y1 150 Students Per Campus/Per Semester 150 Students Per Campus/Per Semester Impact Total 1200 students Impact Total 1200 students 60% Persistence Rate 60% Persistence Rate

28 Program Goals Y2 300 Students Per Campus/Per Semester 300 Students Per Campus/Per Semester Impact total 2400 students Impact total 2400 students 70% Persistence Rate 70% Persistence Rate

29 Program Goals Y3 450 Students Per Campus/Per Semester 450 Students Per Campus/Per Semester Impact total 3,600 students Impact total 3,600 students 80% Persistence Rate 80% Persistence Rate 40% Completion Rate 40% Completion Rate

30 Benefits of Peralta Scholars District-wide Strategic Approach District-wide Strategic Approach Based on successful models and promising practices Based on successful models and promising practices SSSP components are integrated within the program SSSP components are integrated within the program Significantly move the needle on the achievement gap Significantly move the needle on the achievement gap Place Peralta on the leading edge in this work being done across the nation Place Peralta on the leading edge in this work being done across the nation

31 Challenges of Peralta Scholars District-wide Strategic Approach District-wide Strategic Approach The program addresses the identity of “student” but is not nuanced regarding culture The program addresses the identity of “student” but is not nuanced regarding culture The unique challenges faced by males is not addressed in a broad outreach approach The unique challenges faced by males is not addressed in a broad outreach approach Requires a high level of commitment by all stakeholders Requires a high level of commitment by all stakeholders

32 Discussion

33 Promising Practices I have over 10 years experience developing student success programs with an emphasis on gender and culture AAMASUAAMASU STARSSTARS LINKLINK CSRDCSRD PublicationsPublications

34 Promising Practices

35 LINK Findings 95% of pilot cohort (N=24) completed the program. 83% of pilot cohort persisted and registered for classes the following semester. The average GPA of the cohort was % of full cohort (N=88) completed the program. 90% persisted both fall and spring semesters. The average GPA was 2.75 The LINK cohort retention rate of 90% exceeded the campus-wide retention rate of 59%. LINK students overwhelming “strongly agree” that the program was integral to their early college success according to post program survey.

36 My Background AAMASU AAMASU LINK LINK Publications Publications Presentations Presentations Consultation Consultation


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