Student Equity Plan

Student Equity Plan

The El Camino College Student Equity Plan (SEP) is designed to advance the college mission. The college Mission Statement reads in part: We provide excellent comprehensive educational programs and services that promote student learning and success in collaboration with our diverse communities.  By addressing the needs of those student groups that have been historically underserved, we are embracing and pursuing the mission of our college. The college Mission Statement and the Student Equity Plan both serve to provide basic skills completion, degree and certificate completion, career and technical education and transfer opportunities for all our students. The Student Equity Plan helps us provide the necessary tools to ensure all our diverse students have the same opportunity to achieve their goals.

The Equity Planning process involved the Institutional Research and Planning Department collecting and analyzing student success data disaggregated by ethnicity, gender, disability, foster youth, veteran status, and low income economic standing to identify areas of need. A Student Equity advisory team comprised of research analysts, Vice President of Academic Affairs, faculty members, deans, classified managers, staff, and students. Ten team members were sent to the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Urban Education Institute in Los Angeles to learn about the supported research methods, data analysis and identification of disproportionately impacted students. These team leaders came back to the campus and held two workshops for campus community members. During these campus events, campus leaders from counseling, academic programs, categorical programs such as Foster and Kinship Care, Veterans Office, Puente, and Project Success examined the data and developed strategies to bridge the equity gaps.

The team has sought to develop a plan that builds upon successful programs already in place at El Camino College. Categorical programs such as First Year Experience, MESA, the Reading Success Center, the Math Tutoring Center, Puente and Project Success already provide services targeting economically disadvantaged students, racial and ethnic cohorts, foster youth, and basic skills students. The Student Equity Plan will provide additional support in the form of personnel, counselors, and tutoring. Our campus has found Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) mentoring and intrusive counseling to be effective in the developmental reading program. The Student Equity Plan provides resources for the introduction and expansion of PASS Mentors into courses that target disproportionately impacted students at all levels and across the   curriculum. The plan also provides the campus community of administrators, faculty, staff and students with professional development to address topics of equity and cultural awareness.



Student Equity Plan
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Student Equity Plan

El Camino College Student Equity Plan

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The student success data collected, disaggregated and analyzed by ethnicity, gender, disability, foster youth, veteran status, and low income economic standing has shaped the El Camino College Student Equity Plan. The primary group identified across all categories in the research is African American students, who are disproportionately impacted in all five success indicators. Students with an identified disability, foster youth, Latino students and Pacific Islander students are identified as impacted in three of the five indicators. The other impacted student groups are addressed as shown in the table below.


Success Measure

Target Student Group


Veterans, Identified Disability, African-American, White

Course Completion

Foster Youth, African-American, Pacific Islander, Latino

Basic Skills Completion – English

Pacific Islander, African-American, Native American/Alaska Native, Identified Disability

Basic Skills Completion – ESL

Latino, Female

Basic Skills Completion – Math

Foster Youth, African-American, Pacific Islander, Identified Disability

Degree and Certificate Completion

African-American, Latino


Foster Youth, Identified Disability, Latino, Pacific Islander, Economic Disadvantage, African American



From the collected data, a work plan is created with an overarching goal to increase rates of success in each area (or close the gap) for each underserved group within four years. Below is a list of each individual goal broken down by Success Indicator:

  1. Access
    Increase access by five percent within the first four years of this plan for African American students, and students who identify as veterans.

  2. Course Completion
    Increase course completion by five percent within the first four years of this plan for students who are African American, Pacific Islander and for students who identify as foster youth. Increase course completion rate for Latinos by 2.5% in four years, as we try to improve the number of courses lost.

  3. ESL and Basic Skills Completion
    Increase basic skills pathway completion by ten percent within the first four years of this plan for students who are African American and Pacific Islander in English and math and identified disability students. Increase basic skills ESL completion rates for Latinos and females by ten percent in four years.

  4. Degree and Certificate Completion
    Increase degree and certificate completion by ten percent within the first four years of this plan for students who are Latino and African American.

  5. Transfer
    Increase transfer rates by five percent within the first four years of this plan for students who are African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, Foster Youth, identified disability students and for students who are economically disadvantaged.

 Each goal has activities associated with it that includes an implementation plan, target dates for completion, and evaluation.



The Student Equity Plan (SEP) explored existing programs and services that served these   groups, as well as those activities that are currently under development through the Student Success and Support Programs (SSSP) and Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) to determine the interventions to be launched that address the equity gaps. The SEP Advisory group completed a gap analysis, identifying services that are not currently supported, and services that are effective and could be expanded. Based on that gap analysis, additional activities were added to the Equity Plan. The activities vary widely, but among those activities, several themes emerged. Those themes included: 

  • Activities that increase student mentoring/tutoring/advising and student engagement, such as Peer Assisted Study Session Mentors and Supplemental Instruction Coaches.

  • Activities that strengthen cohort learning models, such as learning communities in the First Year Experience, Student Success Center Basic Skills Cohorts, accelerated pathways in Basic Accelerated Math, Math Academies, etc.

  • Activities that increase opportunities for ongoing, cohesive professional learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students, such as Faculty Learning Teams (FLT) for Writing Across the Curriculum, targeting courses with large equity gaps.

  • Activities that collect, analyze, and disseminate data on success indicators for at-risk student groups.

  • Activities that create programs to support students in generating educational plans and goals.

  • Activities that offer cultural awareness, cultural responsiveness pedagogy, and incorporate best practices in teaching that have been identified as effective with impacted student populations.

Several of the activities listed improve or strengthen activities that already exist or are currently under development. These activities represent an alignment of the Student Equity Plan with other college plans. For example, the alignment includes developing culturally-responsive teaching and learning professional development opportunities through Intergroup Dialogue workshops and syllabus review seminars.

Activities are also aligned with several of the programs and services associated with the Student Services Success Plans. The College is focusing on increasing services to meet the needs of students who are on, or at risk of placement into, academic/progress probation through the development of a new retention center. This designated space, labeled the RISE Center, is expected to reduce unmet needs of this student population and increase student participation. The goal is to provide additional intervention services beyond the original Student Success Workshops. The center will be a collaborative effort between the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) and the Student Equity Program (SEP). It will take a holistic approach to intervention by incorporating case management style services. Student Services professionals will be assigned a caseload to provide ongoing follow-up to students and provide referrals on and off campus as necessary, which will be funded through SSSP.

In addition, a new Early Alert system will be piloted through the RISE center. Once an instructor identifies a student who is at risk of falling into probation (students with GPA of 2.0-2.4 and those with a low pace of unit completion), staff from this center will follow up with the students and begin the case management services. There will be various workshops offered in this center, such as time management, procrastination, career, and financial aid literacy. It will include computer and study stations.

El Camino is participating as a pilot college in the Chancellor's Office Educational Planning Initiative (EPI). As a participant of this pilot, the College will obtain a new educational planning system that includes a degree audit system and an early alert program. The College has included in the 2015-2016 SSSP planning a need for training, additional staff and technical experts for implementation purposes. The Student Equity Program Director is working with SSSP to align these new initiatives with the SEP plan and have the Student Success Center Basic Skills Cohorts be included in the pilot to help students, especially those who are defined as being at risk. Starfish is a cloud-based, Early Alert software program that will be tied to the educational planning system to which all instructional faculty, counseling faculty, and students will have access.  Early Alert Success Coaches/Liaisons, funded through the SEP/SSSP Plans, will assist with outreaching to their divisions for early faculty buy-in, software training needs, 360 degree feedback for teaching faculty members who submit Early Alerts, and developing a protocol for how Early Alert submissions will be received and handled for each of their areas assigned. The Early Alert Success Coaches/Liaisons will also collaborate with the new RISE Retention Center.



The Student Equity Plan developed by the advisory team concentrates resources in two of the five success indicators: Course Completion and Basic Skills Completion. These indicators showed consistently large gaps in the -12% range for African-American students, with Pacific Islander and Foster Youth also consistently impacted. Resources will be distributed among the five success indicators and the other category as shown in the table below. The Other category includes a dedicated SEP Director to oversee the implementation of the El Camino College Equity Plan and to serve as the district contact. A dedicated Research Analyst will collect data based on the schedule provided, analyze and disseminate the results to the programs involved in the plan.


Success Measure




Course Completion


Basic Skills Completion


Degree and Certificate Completion










Idania Reyes
Student Equity Program
Program Director
(310) 660-3593 ext. 3243


Dr. Jean Shankweiler
Academic Affairs
Vice President
(310) 660-3119