Proyecto Éxito combines the idea of successfully exiting with a degree, certificate, or transfer-readiness with the Spanish word for “success.” This evidence-based and faculty-driven effort works to improve the retention and graduation rates of Mesa’s diverse population, particularly its low-income Latino students, through systemic changes and improvements across campus.As the outcome of a “Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions-Title V” five-year grant in the amount of $2.62 million, awarded to Mesa in Fall 2014, Proyecto Éxito represents only one of approximately 25 such grants that were awarded nationwide.
The Counseling Department hosted an “Inclusion In-Service,” that asked counselors to focus on their experiences through the lens of early encounters with “difference.” Counseling faculty received descriptions of individuals on the backs of puzzle pieces and were asked to reflect on these encounters. They were then asked to consider these early experiences in the context of individual counseling practice. At the end, faculty assembled the puzzle, which formed a tree with roots (biases, social identity, education, heritage, and personality traits) and fruits (positive words that describe the counseling relationship). The in-service was developed and facilitated by Laura Mathis and Dr. Judy Sundayo, with follow-up sessions planned for future department meetings.
“Cuyamaca College, MiraCosta College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego City College have partnered with the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) to provide training on teaching college men of color. Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, these colleges, as well as numerous others, are making CORA’s training available to all of their adjunct and full-time faculty (yes, all faculty).”
“It’s hard to understand, therefore, why the university would be anything but candid about how it measures students’ proficiency in math and English. But according to a 2010 study that recently came to light, the placement test required for entering CSU students does not predict whether students can succeed in college-level math.”
This coming Friday’s event, Acceleration: A Powerful Lever for Increasing Completion and Closing Equity Gaps, still has a few openings! If you haven’t touched base with the California Acceleration Project (CAP), consider yourself out of the equity loop! Currently, CAP has worked with 61 California Community Colleges to redesign curriculum and placement policies to effect impactful changes for students of color.