Mission College BSI/Student Equity/SSSP Integrated Plan

The Mission College BSI / Student Equity / SSSP Integrated Plan is designed to help transform the institution, develop an equity-minded culture, and create a collaborative institutional infrastructure that will better respond to the needs of its diverse student populations. Our vision is to create a student-centered, bias-free learning community for all and to equitize the institution to create conditions for success.

Executive Summary

The work towards equitizing our institution began through the college’s Integrated Planning Process. At the end Spring 2017, college leadership made the decision to form an Integrated Planning Workgroup made up of 25 faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The Integrated Plan Workgroup, led by the Director of Student Equity & Success, met six times in Summer 2017 to provide the institutional and collaborative space required to develop the plan. Central to Mission College Integrated Planning process was the use of its draft Equity Framework created by the Student Equity & Success Committee. The Mission College Equity Framework along with the use of the Student Life Cycle were the two lenses which guided the development of the plan and helped identify emerging themes which later informed the development of our Integrated Student Success Goals. The process was supported and informed through the four elements of the Equity Framework: Community Engagement; Social Justice; Transparency; Cultural Humility. At the same time, the Student Life Cycle was used to identify interruptions or gaps in the cycles of our students and how the Integrated Plan can help address those interruptions or gaps. The summer planning meetings also provided opportunity to link our emerging goals with interventions that are evidenced-based, high-impact practices or best/promising practices.

The process was also designed to equitably involve full participation of students. Six student members were recruited through our SLEI program and Basic Skills Committee to participate. Steps to ensure student engagement included an orientation to define roles through the process and meetings scheduled half an hour before each IP Workgroup session to prep them on the agenda to answer any of their questions. Such activities directly guided student involvement and ensure that students were “at the table” at that their input was informed through our Equity Framework and the Student Lifecycle. As a result, students were actively involved and participated throughout the summer meetings.

The IP Workgroup created five Integrated Student Success goals along with High-Impact Practices to meet each goal and disproportionately impacted student populations to be served: 

GOAL #1

Increase completion of orientation to disproportionately impacted students.

High-Impact Practices: First Year Experience Program; Professional Development; Division-Based Orientation Sessions

Disproportionately Impacted Populations Served: African American; Hispanic/Latinx; Filipino; Foster Youth, Undocumented Students; LGBTQ; DSPS; Veterans; Foster Youth;

GOAL #2

Incorporate culturally relevant teaching & learning strategies inside and outside the classroom increase student engagement

High-Impact Practices: Mission College Equity Framework Alignment with SSSP Course Services; Community of Practice – Culturally Relevant Teaching & Learning (CRTL); Embedded Tutors; Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Surveys

Disproportionately Impacted Populations Served: African American; Hispanic/Latinx; Filipino; Foster Youth, Undocumented Students; LGBTQ; DSPS; Veterans; Foster Youth;

GOAL #3

Increase the number of DI students creating an Ed plan and providing them with wrap around student support services within their first year at Mission College

High-Impact Practices: DegreeWorks Implementation; Food Insecurity Initiative; NetTutor; Summer Bridge Program; Integration of Ed Plan Development into Basic Skills courses; SARS Texting

Disproportionately Impacted Populations Served:  African American; Hispanic/Latinx; Filipino; Foster Youth, Undocumented Students; LGBTQ; DSPS; Veterans; Foster Youth;

Goal #4

Develop a campus- wide Equity Community of Practice which will work to increase, sustain and institutionalize on-going, evidenced-based and inquiry-based transformative professional learning for faculty, staff, administrators and student tutors/mentors. This Community of Practice will inform new professional learning opportunities at the college.

High-Impact Practices: Community of Practice – Classified Staff and Faculty; Teaching/Learning Institute for faculty/staff to support implementation of IP activities

Disproportionately Impacted Populations Served:  All disproportionately impacted student populations

 
Goal #5

Develop and institutionalize on-going, evidenced-based and inquiry- based, transformative assessment of Integrated Plan activities/programs

High-Impact Practices: Disproportionate Impact Analysis of SSSP Core Services; Collaboration between Office of Student Equity & Success and Office of Research to monitor/assess Integrated Planning activities

Disproportionately Impacted Populations Served:  All disproportionately impacted student populations

During a three-year period beginning 2014 through 2017, Mission College spent a total of approximately $1.6 million in Student
Equity Funding as indicated in the chart below:

Object Code Category 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17  
1000 Academic Salaries $13,423 $63,640 $37,265  
2000 Classified and Other Nonacademic Salaries 148,427 249,438 350,156  
3000 Employee Benefits 56,206 108,139 157,820  
4000 Supplies & Materials 20,231 57,236 24,265  
5000 Other Operating Expenses and Services 79,594 147,964 46,512  
6000 Capital Outlay - 31,541 12,405  
7000 Other Outgo 5,054 - 741  
  Program Totals $322,935 $657,958 $629,174  
2014-2017 TOTAL   $1,610,067


In 2014-15, Student Equity funds were primarily allocated to partially fund classified professional positions to help meet the goals at stated in the college’s Student Equity Plan. Such positions included a Career/Transfer Coordinator, Welcome Center Program Coordinator, Welcome Center Student Ambassadors, Student Enrollment/Financial Services Recruitment Supervisor, Research Analyst, Sr. Financial Analyst, and the newly created Student Outreach Supervisor position. In addition, program activities for the Puente Program were fully funded through Student Equity.

In 2015-2016, the college determined that creating a position to help oversee both its Student Equity and SSSP initiatives would be key in helping implement, monitor, and assess the goals as laid out in both the Student Equity and SSSP Plans. In March 2016, Ken Songco was hired as the college’s new Director of Student Equity & Success. This position is responsible for overseeing Student Equity & SSSP initiatives through funding from the Student Equity and SSSP budgets. The following positions continued to be partially funded through Student Equity: Student Outreach Supervisor, Welcome Center Program Coordinator, Research Analyst, Sr. Financial Analyst, Research Analyst, and the Institutional Business/Technology Analyst which was formerly funded by the college’s AANAPISI grants. Funds from Student Equity were used to continue program activities for the Puente Program. In addition, funds were allocated to bring in renowned speakers for the college’s Equity Speakers series such as Dr. Cornell West, and Dr. Angela Davis. The college also received a one-time Student Equity allocation of $107,700 which was used to support our MESA, DSPS, and VALOR (Veterans) programs (i.e. bookstore vouchers, computers, books/magazines, student tutors/workers, etc.).

In 2016-2017, Student Equity funds continued to fund key positions such as the Director of Student Equity & Success. Others positions partially funded through Student Equity include Student Outreach Supervisor, Welcome Center Program Coordinator, Student Enrollment/Financial Services Recruitment Supervisor, Research Analyst, Sr. Financial Analyst, Information Technology Analyst (formerly Institutional Business/Technology Analyst). In addition to continued funded for Puente Program activities, Student Equity Funds were used to continue the college’s Student Leadership & Engagement Institute which was initiated and originally funded by the college’s AANAPISI grants. Lastly, funds were also allocated for Spring 2017 Student Equity Projects to help address the needs of our disproportionately impacted populations. Projects included supplies/resources for Foster Youth, funds for a pilot Food for Textbooks program through the Library, Know Your Rights Workshops for Undocumented Students, and Textbooks for our Embedded Tutors program.

Through the college Student Equity efforts over the past three years, progress was made in the following goal areas:

  • ESL & Basic Skills Success: By Spring 2017, ESL success rates for Hispanic students were at 7.5%; this is 2% over the 2017 performance target of 5.5% which indicates that this goal was met. During the same period, Math success rates for Hispanic students were at 23.3%; this is 3.3% over the 2017 performance target of 20.0% which indicates that this goal was met. Activities funded through Student Equity that contributed to these increase include an Online ESL Journal on Equity Issues and targeted marketing strategies such radio ads on local Spanish radio stations for the college’s growing Latinx population.
  • Professional Development (in collaboration with the college’s AANAPISI grants): Equity Race Project & AANAPISI Teaching/Learning Institute trainings which help the campus shape the framework and language to begin discussions of race and equity issues on campus.
  • Data and Information Systems: In Spring 2017, a Tableau Workgroup was formed to help design data dashboards for our Basic Skills and Counseling departments. As a result, the Counseling Department will be the first department on campus to begin using Tableau Dashboards in Spring 2018 to monitor cores SSSP services such as Educational Planning, Orientation, and Assessment.

BSI/Student Equity/SSSP Integrated Plan

For more information on Mission College’s Integrated Plan, please contact Ken Songco, Director of Student Equity & Success at kenneth.songco@missioncollege.edu or at 408-855-5037.