Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College
Creating Pathways to Success for Minority and Impoverished Student Populations

Edited by Angela Long
Foreword by Walter G. Bumphus
Paper: 978 1 62036 348 5 / $35.00
Published: October 2016  

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Published: November 2016  

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Published: November 2016  

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Published: November 2016  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
306 pp., 6" x 9"

Series: Innovative Ideas for Community Colleges Series
Overall, nearly half of all incoming community college students “drop-out” within twelve months of enrolling, with students of color and the economically disadvantaged faring far worse. Given the high proportion of underserved students these colleges enroll, the detrimental impact on their communities, and for the national economy as a whole at a time of diversifying demographics, is enormous.

This book addresses this urgent issue by bringing together nationally recognized researchers whose work throws light on the structural and systemic causes of student attrition, as well as college presidents and leaders who have successfully implemented strategies to improve student outcomes.

The book is divided into five sections, each devoted to a demographic group: African Americans, Native Americans/American Indians, Latino Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Caucasian students in poverty. Each section in turn comprises three chapters, the first providing an up-to-date summary of research findings about barriers and attainments pertaining to the corresponding population, the second the views of a community college president, and the final chapter offering a range of models and best practices for achieving student success.

The analyses--descriptions of cutting edge programs--and recommendations for action will commend this volume to everyone concerned about equity and completion rates in the community college sector, from presidents and senior administrators through faculty and student affairs leaders. For educational researchers, it fills blanks on data about attrition and persistence patterns of minority students attending community colleges.

Kenneth Atwater
Glennda M. Bivens
Edward Bush
Cara Crowley
Maria Harper-Marinick
Joan B. Holmes
G. Edward Hughes
Lee Lambert
Cynthia Lindquist, Ta’Sunka Wicahpi Win (Star Horse Woman)
Angela Long
Russell Lowery-Hart
Jamillah Moore
Christopher M. Mullin
Brian Murphy
Eduardo J. Padrón
Deborah A. Santiago
Wei Song
Robert Teranishi
Rowena M. Tomaneng
James Utterback
J. Luke Wood

Table of Contents:

Part One: African American/Black Student Populations
1) Voice of the National Researcher: African American Student Populations in Community Colleges—Glennda M. Bivens and J. Luke Wood
2) Voice of the National Leaders: Retaining African American Students in the Community College—Jamillah Moore and Edward Bush
3) Cutting-Edge Models for Best Practice: Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida—Kenneth Atwater and Joan B. Holmes

Part Two: Hispanic/Latino Student Populations
4) Voice of the National Researcher: Community College Data Trends for Latino Student Populations—Deborah A. Santiago
5) Voice of the National Leader: Equal Opportunity For All Students: Are We There Yet?—Maria Harper-Marinick
6) Cutting-Edge Models for Best Practice: “I Do Belong”: Cultivating Hispanic and Low-Income Student Success—Eduardo J. Padrón

Part Three: Native American/American Indian Student Populations
7) Voice of the National Researcher: National Data Trends on Native American/American Indian Student Retention at Community Colleges—Wei Song
8) Voice of the National Leader: American Indian Voice: A National Perspective—Cynthia Lindquist, Ta’Sunka Wicahpi Win (Star Horse Woman)
9) Cutting-Edge Models for Best Practice: The Intersection of Education and Culture: Utilizing Symbols, Relationships, and Traditions to Improve Enrollment Management of American Indian Students—James Utterback

Part Four: Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Populations
10) Voice of the National Researcher: Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Community College—Robert Teranishi
11) Voice of the National Leader: Where Are All the Asian American Auto Mechanics? Thoughts on Diversity, Globalism, and Middle-Skill Jobs—Lee Lambert
12) Cutting-Edge Models for Best Practice: Negotiating Multiple Identities: De Anza College’s IMPACT AAPI Program—Brian Murphy and Rowena Tomaneng

Part Five: Caucasian Students in Poverty
13) Voice of the National Researcher: Invisible Poverty: Caucasian Student Poverty and the College Experience—Christopher M. Mullin
14) Voice of the National Leader: The Role of Community Colleges in Helping People Move From Poverty to Prosperity—G. Edward Hughes
15) Cutting-Edge Models for Best Practice: Caucasian Student Populations in Poverty: Voices of Reluctant Advocates—Russell Lowery-Hart and Cara Crowley

Part Six: Conclusions and Recommendations
16) Redesigning Students’ Educational Experiences—Angela Long

Appendix A: Six Fundamental Factors for Improving Student Retention

About the Contributors



Reviews & Endorsements:
“Substantiating the call for understanding student experiences in the community college milieu, Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College compiles research, narratives, and promising practices for reimagining institutional culture as a means for helping historically marginalized students in higher education persist and complete community college. This timely text is organized into six parts; five of which are devoted to unearthing the social, emotional, and cultural conditions that characterize community college experiences for Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/American Indian, and Asian American/Pacific Islander students, as well as Caucasian students living in poverty. The sixth part of Long’s text proposes recommendations for redesigning the educational experiences of these specific populations.

The aim of this work, as expressed in Long’s introduction, is to answer the difficult question: are minority students at community colleges disadvantaged by educational racism? This book is unique in that the first five parts are subdivided in three ways, capturing the voice of a national researcher, the voice of a national leader, and cutting edge models for best practice for each racial/ethnic group. This thoughtful arrangement is powerful, namely because it constructs a conversational narrative between each author: all of whom serve in various capacities as college administrators, student affairs professionals, and educational researchers.

Taken as a whole, this book makes a valuable contribution to the literature and can act as an important resource for institutional leaders looking to understand and improve the experiences of community colleges’ most vulnerable populations. The 20 contributing authors of Overcoming Educational Racism should applaud themselves for this timely work, as it can help institutional leaders eliminate structural inequities that impede minoritized student success in our nation’s community colleges.”
- Teachers College Record
"Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College shows us the complex challenges and ripe opportunities we face in ensuring that all students, especially underserved, underrepresented and minority students, across this nation achieve a postsecondary education. Community colleges are often a critical gateway to success for these students who must compete in today’s global economy. At Helios Education Foundation, we believe that every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high quality education, and that belief is central to everything we do. I challenge all of us, as leaders in education, to work collaboratively, remove the barriers and build and reform our education systems with a focus on equity and postsecondary education success for all."
- Paul J. Luna, President and CEO , Helios Education Foundation