Re: equity issues in two-year college technology programs

Shawn MacDonald (smacdona@NTCC1.NT.CC.MN.US)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 08:23:56 CST

Ann, I would love to hear more about your study...or see your stats
and approach to fixing the problem. Our retention in dev. courses is
abismal. Well, it's not as bad as some other area colleges, but we
want to be better.

Shawn MacDonald, Director of the Women's Center, Equity Coordinator
Northland Community and Technical College
1101 Highway One East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
1-800-959-6282 or (218) 938-4505

> Marta,
> I have been working for the last three years with the local community
> college on a project to 1) understand who flunks Developmental Ed courses
> and 2) why. What we have learned concerns how underrepresented groups make
> it or don't make it in junior colleges, and how we can and must begin to
> change the statistics.
> We discovered that minority men and women failed, dropped out, left
> for awhile, etc. at a much higher rate than whites, even when social class
> seemed fairly equal.
> The Developmental Ed division is now working on curriculum and teacher
> training to change these facts.
> Ann Nihlen

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