Equity in Design for HSS: What We’re Learning

A SERIES OF FOUR BRIEFS EXAMINING THE SUPPORT NEEDS OF DIFFERENT COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT POPULATIONS: EQUITY IN DESIGN FOR HOLISTIC STUDENT SUPPORTS

 

The complexity and scope of the challenges today’s students face explain why community and technical colleges across the country are reexamining the student experience and the support services they provide. As open access institutions, community and technical colleges by their very existence open the doors of higher education and workforce training programs to students who may otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue. Yet, even as the beginnings of these colleges were rooted in the ideal of making education less exclusive, colleges are struggling with how to design a supportive learning environment that helps all student populations they serve—many of whom experience food and housing insecurity, along with financial and family challenges—to realize their goals.

Through our work with over 150 colleges, Achieving the Dream is deeply committed to supporting institutions in designing a holistic student supports approach that ensures all students receive what
they need to achieve their goals. We know from this work that colleges not prepared for the magnitude of the changes required to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body can often end up struggling to make real progress.

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