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SSEC (5/12/17)

The following action and discussion took place at the May 12, 2017 meeting of the Student Success & Equity Council:


  • APAHE Conference April 6–7, 2017 in Oakland, CA Report Out – Larry Lawson reported on the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) National Conference that he attended in Oakland, CA on April 6-7, 2017. He gave an overview of how APAHE was formed – it was founded in 1987 during the height of a five-year fight against a series of discriminatory admission policy directed against Asian Pacific American applicants at Berkeley.  As a conference on the admission fight convened in Oakland, CA, participants uniformly felt the need for an organization that would address issues affecting Asian Pacific American students, staff, faculty and administrators. Larry’s suggestions for Palomar College based on the sessions he attended:
    • Create a year-long Learning Community for Latinx
    • Pursue Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Programs grants:
    • Collaborate with Mira Costa College
    • Student Mentoring based on the book: Powerful Learning Communities: A Guide to Developing Student, Faculty and Professional Learning Communities (2013) by Lenning, Hill, Saunders, Solan and Stokes
    • Appoint a member of our campus community to be a point-person for DACA students
  • M2C3 Report
    • Overview of M2C3 – Olga Diaz gave an overview of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) which is a Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research laboratory nested under SDSU. Palomar College has contracted with M2C3 to assess our institutional efforts relevant to underserved students and to provide institutional access to the Teaching Men of Color training program.
    • Survey Results – Rachel Miller described the Community College Survey Measure (CCSM) as an assessment tool for evaluating student success. Data can assist the campus community with ways to improve student success and outcomes for DI students.
    • Notable findings – Rachel Miller reviewed notable findings of the survey in the areas of background factors, campus ethos, non-cognitive outcomes, student outcomes and environmental factors.

There was discussion on creating workshops and action plans to actively address the data presented in the report.  The full report can be found here:

  • IRP Team
    • Overview of Student Equity – Olga Diaz gave an overview of the purpose of the Student Equity Plan. The first equity policy was established in 1992 by CCCBOG and the first funding for equity programs was in 2014. The Student Equity program’s focus is to ensure equal educational opportunities and to promote student success.  Disproportionate Impact (DI) occurs when “the percentage of persons from a particular (group) is significantly different from the representation of that group in the population…”
    • Disproportionate Impact Study Update – David reviewed the progress on whether the current equity goals were met. Some of our SE plan goals were met and some were not. Overall success rates are going up and we are continuing to work on evaluating the degree to which we are “closing the gap” for disproportionately impacted groups.

The full report can be found here:

  • Social Justice Center Update – VP Kahn reported that there will be a meeting on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in H-306 to discuss the beginning stages of creating our Social Justice Center.
  • Summer SSEC Meeting – Olga reported that she sent out a Doodle poll to determine whether July 13, 2017 or July 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (with lunch included) will be a better meeting date. A meeting request will be sent out once a date is determined.  An integrated draft plan will be reviewed at this meeting.

Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Student Success and Equity Council website:

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