Minority Serving Institution Convening at Richland College

Mark Mitsui addressing a crowd from the stage.

Keynote speaker Mark Mitsui, former deputy assistant secretary for community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education and current Portland Community College president, addresses the audience at the MSI Convening at Richland College Oct. 14, 2016. Photo by Paul Knudsen.

Richland College recently hosted the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening, “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change,” during which higher education administrators gathered to discuss collecting and analyzing quantitative data; evidence-based program development; and research methods, best practices and innovations to impact the academic success of minority student populations.

“Richland College’s inaugural MSI Convening engaged key leaders and practitioners from 61 U.S. Department of Education Minority Serving-designated colleges and universities from throughout the nation to advance a shared narrative aimed at achieving greater minority student success through effective use of data,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, Ph.D., Richland College president. “Richland College’s pivotal, multi-year convening lead college role will help shape future advances toward greater minority student equity and success.”

This year’s conference focused on using existing research evidence to develop more robust methods for determining the success of minority-serving programs. With these improved methods, college and university representatives can return to their respective institutions to introduce new initiatives, obtain funding and effect positive change.

Presenters at this year’s MSI Convening included keynote speaker Mark Mitsui, former deputy assistant secretary for community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education and current Portland Community College president, and plenary speaker Robert Teranishi, Ph.D., a UCLA professor of social science and comparative education, recently appointed by President Obama to the board of directors of the National Board for Education Services.

The MSI Convening was made possible in part through a grant from the AANAPISI program of the Department of Education and by State Farm®, Presenting Sponsor.

Holding two designations by the U.S. Department of Education as an AANAPISI and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS), Richland College is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. awarded the AANAPISI grant in fiscal year 2015. With 15 percent of Richland College’s student population comprised of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and at least half demonstrating financial need, AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students. The program helps Richland College to increase the three-year graduation rate for AAPI students who have one or more risks to success and completion, such as financial need or academic challenges.

For more information on the MSI Convening, visit richlandcollege.edu/msi-convening.