Academic Success and Equity Programs
Student Equity Overview
Student Equity is designed to promote student success and ensure equal educational opportunities for historically underrepresented groups, especially when measured according to differences such as race, gender, age, disability, or socioeconomic status. Our vision of student equity addresses a diversity of preparedness and needs while focusing on increasing access, course completion, degrees, certificates, transfer, ESL, and basic skills completion for all students, especially students that have traditionally faced significant barriers to achievement.
- First Year Experience (FYE) is year-long program designed to assist first-time college students taking pre-transfer level classes. The objective is to facilitate students’ transition to college via a supportive network of faculty, student services, and academic support.
- Puente Project The mission is to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Puente is open to all students.
- Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is committed to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences and increasing the persistence, retention, and transfer rates of African American and other students.
- Resources & Assistance for Former Foster Youth (RAFFY) is an innovative and powerful counseling program that provides specialized support services for former foster youth.
- Mana (a concept, drawn from the cultures of Melanesia and Polynesia, describing a powerful miraculous force) is a porgram that builds a community among Pacific Islander students, offering specialized support and guidance toward educational goals.