Research & Planning Group’s Bridging Research Information and Culture (BRIC) Initiative

BRIC Colleges Are Benchmarking for Equity

As a nationally recognized leader on issues of racial-ethnic equity in higher education and the use of data to inform effective decision making, CUE is collaborating with educators and leaders from the California Community Colleges to improve action planning, evaluation, performance benchmarking, and equity in the Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) and other complementary initiatives.

CUE is partnering with The Research & Planning Group (the RP Group) on a program called Bridging Research Information and Culture (BRIC) Initiative, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

CUE researchers are applying their expertise in data analysis to assist educators in using institutional data, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, to create performance benchmarks as part of a strategic planning process to improve equitable student outcomes.

Learning to use data for action planning and identifying where interventions can be made are key to student success, whether in STEM, basic skills or completion.

In Spring 2011, CUE researchers hosted workshops at participating colleges to focus on the use of data for action planning through the Benchmarking Equity and Student Success Tool™ (BESST).

New Book

College Bound: Strategies for Access and Success for Low-Income Students

Dr. Dan Walden (pictured above), dean of institutional effectiveness at Los Angeles Southwest College, co-authored the chapter.
Dr. Dan Walden (pictured above), dean of institutional effectiveness at Los Angeles Southwest College, co-authored the chapter.

This book offers reflections from distinguished faculty in the USC Rossier School of Education about barriers – real and perceived – that keep low-income students from enrolling in college and succeeding once they get there. It features a chapter about CUE’s partnership with Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) in an effort to better serve its predominantly African American and Latino student population.

Read the chapter here.