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Supporting a Rural, First-Generation College Improvement Network

When a group of West Virginia educators set a goal of doubling the number of STEM college graduates statewide in a decade, they faced long odds.

Supporting low-income and Latinx students in STEM: Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program

Although nationally Latinx students declare majors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields at similar rates as White students, our postsecondary education systems lose Latinx students along the way, resulting in disproportionately fewer Latinx STEM majors and degree holders.

Can Open Education Support Equity in Community Colleges?

SRI Education is working to fill the gap in evidence on changes in instruction from the use of open educational resources (OER) in community colleges. Building on the prior study of the OER Degree Initiative, we are investigating how the use of OER can enable what are sometimes called “open educational practices” (OEP) and equity-focused instruction in community college courses.

Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Participation and Impact

Los Angeles City College launched the STEM Pathways program in 2016 to improve STEM degree completion and transfer to 4-year colleges, particularly for low-income and Latinx students. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the program offered a variety of supports including Supplemental Instruction (SI), peer tutoring in STEM, a book and technology loan … Continue reading Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Participation and Impact

Evaluation of Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Impacts of the STEM Learning Center on student outcomes

Los Angeles City College launched the STEM Pathways program in 2016 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The intent of the STEM Pathways program was to improve STEM degree completion and transfer to 4-year colleges, particularly for low-income and Latinx students, through a variety of supports. The STEM Learning Center, a drop-in peer … Continue reading Evaluation of Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Impacts of the STEM Learning Center on student outcomes

Evaluation of Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Impacts of the Supplemental Instruction program on student outcomes

Los Angeles City College launched the STEM Pathways program in 2016 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The intent of the STEM Pathways program was to improve STEM degree completion and transfer to 4-year colleges, particularly for low-income and Latinx students. The program provided a variety of supports including Supplemental Instruction (SI) for … Continue reading Evaluation of Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Impacts of the Supplemental Instruction program on student outcomes

Evaluation of Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Impacts of STEM Pathways program participation on student outcomes

Los Angeles City College launched the STEM Pathways program in 2016 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The intent of the STEM Pathways program was to improve STEM degree completion and transfer to 4-year colleges, particularly for low-income and Latinx students. The program offered a variety of supports including Supplemental Instruction (SI), peer … Continue reading Evaluation of Los Angeles City College’s STEM Pathways Program: Impacts of STEM Pathways program participation on student outcomes

The Potential of College and Career Pathways in Alternative School Settings

Alternative high schools were originally conceived of as a place where students who were not succeeding in a traditional setting could have their academic needs met. These schools have developed negative stigmas, with the reputation as being credit-recovery factories for students who are off-track to graduate.

New Research Center Aims to Address Inequities in Online Learning in College

College instructors see it all the time. Each semester brings bright students who easily grasp new ideas, but may struggle with assignments or studying for exams. These students can excel when explicitly taught skills to manage their own learning, research conducted by Dr. Omar Faison at Virginia State University has found. If students do not have these skills, online courses can be particularly challenging. With more college courses moving online, students need self-directed learning skills more than ever.

Introducing Dr. Andrea Venezia, the New Director of College and Career Pathways Research at SRI Education

Dr. Andrea Venezia joined SRI Education in May as our new director of college and career pathways research, co-leading the program area with Dr. Miya Warner. Most recently, Andrea was a professor of public policy and administration at Sacramento State University and executive director of the Education Insights Center.

How Do They Fare? The Impact of Participating in Health Pathways on Student Outcomes

The Oakland Health Pathways Project involves education and industry partners in expanding education and long-term employment opportunities for youth of color in Oakland, California. Project partners used the Linked Learning approach to engage students in education and employment experiences related to the health care field.

Engaging Students in Designing Equitable Schools

Including student voice in school design is an important strategy for promoting and facilitating educational equity. Ensuring that all students’ backgrounds and perspectives are considered is especially critical during a time when many people in the United States continue to experience the injustice of racial and social inequities.

Designing Schools with and for Students

This research brief identifies promising strategies for embracing student voice in school design based on the experience of Engage New England (ENE) grantees. Successfully engaging students in decision-making and school design is not as simple as inviting them to attend staff meetings. As ENE grantees learned, meaningfully engaging students requires planning, scaffolding, and sustained attention … Continue reading Designing Schools with and for Students

More Than Getting to the Door: Non-Academic Supports to Ensure Students Graduate from College (Part 4—Academic Self-Efficacy)

Every fall semester, first-time college students across the country embark on an academic journey full of promise. Unfortunately, some students do not make it to the finish line because they have trouble adjusting to the academic demands of college.

More Than Getting to the Door: Non-Academic Supports to Ensure Students Graduate from College (Part 3—Institutional Knowledge Required to Navigate Higher Education Systems)

Academic institutions can be difficult to navigate, especially for students who do not have college-educated parents. At 4-year institutions, first-generation students are twice as likely than students whose parents have a bachelor’s degree to leave before their second year.