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Community College Reform: Placing Foster Youth at the Center of a More Equitable Vision for Success
by Ford, Lauren Noelle, Ed.D., San Francisco State University, 2020, 270; 28027063
Abstract (Summary)

In 2016, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office launched the Vision for Success, a strategic plan focused on improving completion rates and closing equity gaps. This qualitative, cross case study explored the ways in which three community colleges were intending to implement Guided Pathways, a major component of the Vision for Success, specifically with equity in mind. Additionally, this study acknowledges the historically low completion rates of former foster youth. This study also explored the educational experiences for foster youth in an effort to provide recommendations to improve equitable outcomes for students. Through document analysis and practitioner interviews, findings highlighted the ways in which colleges understand equity, are approaching an equitable implementation of Guided Pathways, and how they have utilized student voice in their campus inquiry process. Additionally, foster youth shared their motivations for attending college, expressed an appreciation for support programs such as Guardian Scholars and EOPS, and provided recommendations for community college leaders on ways in which foster youth outcomes could be increased. Recommendations outline ways in which community college practitioners and policy makers can best support the needs of foster youth, and other vulnerable student populations, through current campus reform efforts in order to move the needle on student success.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gin, Sheldon
Commitee: Gen, Sheldon, Quiaiot, Michael
School: San Francisco State University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: California community college, Community college leadership, Community college reform, Foster youth, Higher education, Student voice
Publication Number: 28027063
ISBN: 9798684689475
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