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Administrators' Perceptions of the Student Equity Policy and Supporting Black Student Success at a California Community College: A Case Study
by Dowdle, Temperence L., Ed.D., California State University, Fullerton, 2019, 135; 27665987
Abstract (Summary)

The policies and practices that govern the California Community Colleges system may be perpetuating the opportunity gap among Black students. There have been many policies and practices instituted at the community college to support students of color, including those identified as Black. The Student Equity Policy is one of those policies, and has been in existence for over 25 years. As part of the 2012 Board of Governors Student Success Initiative, Senate Bill (SB) 860 was introduced, which made available the funding mechanism to provide support to increase the success rates for students of color, including Black students. The purpose of this case study was to examine the perceptions of administrators on how the Student Equity Policy is being implemented to support the educational achievement of Black students. Through a case study analysis, document analysis, and semi-structured interviews, this investigation examined this educational problem. Three executive leaders, two mid-level managers, and two front-line staff members involved with the Student Equity Policy at the participating campus participated in face-to-face, semi-structured interviews. The findings indicated that evidence-based outcomes were used to justify maintaining and/or increasing support of equity based initiatives. While reliance on pre-existing structural supports was the primary vehicle utilized to render equity-based initiatives, implementation of the Student Equity Policy to support the achievement of Black students was met with obstacles. Findings also determined that ineffective implementation of the equity policy reflecting critical race theory. Concerted efforts to support the educational achievement of Black students are necessary to achieve equity in community colleges.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Person, Dawn
Commitee: Currie, Ding-Jo, Curry, Keith
School: California State University, Fullerton
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education history, American history, Black studies
Keywords: African American, American history, Black American, Education, Education history, Equity
Publication Number: 27665987
ISBN: 9781392768778
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