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Creating Academic Success for Minority Students a Key Point of 2017 ‘Minority Serving Institution’ Convening Hosted at Richland College
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Mike Flores, Ph.D., president of Palo Alto College (far right), hosts a panel on minority student success at the 2017 Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening at Richland College Oct. 21. Also on the panel were (left to right) Naomi Story, Ph.D., executive director of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council; Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D., president of Huston-Tillotson University; and Vincent Solis, Ph.D., senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Laredo Community College. Photo by Keenan Cobb.

Approximately 200 higher education administrators from 19 states, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands attended the 2017 Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening, “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change,” held Oct. 20-21 at Richland College.

Hosted by Richland College in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, this conference provided attendees a chance to discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at minority-serving institutions.

While a previous conference focused on best practices and innovation, this year’s MSI Convening focused on covering existing evidence and developing more robust methods for determining success of minority programs and initiatives so that colleges and universities can improve, obtain funding and effect change.

“The 2017 MSI Convening was a very successful event,” said LaQueta Wright, Ph.D., convening chair of the Richland College Planning Team for MSI Convening. “In addition to inspiring talks from higher education leaders during the opening and plenary sessions, small group breakout sessions provided detailed examples of how to design programs from a data-informed perspective, how to evaluate programs in a quantitative way, and success stories of students impacted by programs at colleges across the nation and even as far away as the Pacific islands. The convening also provided opportunities to network and build collaborative relationships with participants from more than 60 different colleges, universities and higher education organizations.”

The event began on Friday with a keynote address from Mike Flores, Ph.D., president of Palo Alto College in San Antonio. A Del Rio native, Flores holds a doctorate degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as an Achieving the Dream data coach and a board member for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Communities in Schools San Antonio, the San Antonio Education Partnership and other organizations. He has also served as a fellow with the American Council on Education and conducted postgraduate study at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management. Since becoming president of Palo Alto College in 2012, he has led many new initiatives for student success.

During the event, Flores guided the conversation to inspire participants to share effective strategies and evidence-based research for evaluating programs and initiatives that support minority student success. “Students come to community colleges like immigrants to America, hoping their journey leads to a better life,” Flores said.

Flores also moderated a panel that included Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D., president of Huston-Tillotson University; Vincent Solis, Ph.D., senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Laredo Community College; and Naomi Story, Ph.D., executive director for the National Asian Pacific Islander Council.

Burnette reminded the audience that the concerning data about student success struggles is not new, so rather than focusing on what the data says we should focus on what can be done to change it. Solis discussed how his college attempts to impact student success through faculty support and personal development, saying, “If you’re going to move the needle [on minority student success], it’s going to happen in the classroom.” Story added, “Curriculum and retention are deeply connected, so faculty leadership and buy-in are deeply needed.”

Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC, gave the plenary address Saturday morning. Strayhorn holds a doctorate degree in higher education from Virginia Tech and is an internationally recognized student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker and award-winning writer. He is the author of 10 books and more than 200 book chapters, journal articles and other scholarly publications. His research focuses on major policy issues in education such as student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students; and student learning and development. Strayhorn is also known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine in 2011, one of Business First’s Top 40 Under 40 and became the youngest full-time professor in Ohio State University’s history in 2014.

Strayhorn talked about how “access without success is useless,” and to achieve student success, we need retention plus persistence. He also stated, “We need a more nuanced framework for understanding our international students and their experiences because these students, like all minority and underserved students, do not have a one-size fits all background.”

The conference also included breakout sessions and a graduate student poster session.

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

Holding two designations by the U.S. Department of Education as an AANAPISI and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), Richland College is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. awarded the AANAPISI grant in fiscal year 2015. With approximately 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.


Richland College to Host 2017 Minority Serving Institution Convening

Richland College, in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, will host the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening, “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change,” during which higher education administrators from across the nation will gather to discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at minority-serving institutions. The conference will take place Oct. 20-21.

While previous conferences have focused on best practices and innovation, this year’s MSI Convening will cover existing evidence and develop more robust methods for determining success of minority programs and initiatives so that colleges and universities can improve, obtain funding and effect change.

This year’s event will kick off Friday morning with a keynote address from Dr. Mike Flores, president of Palo Alto College, a part of the Alamo College District in San Antonio. Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, founder and CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC, will be giving the plenary address Saturday morning. The conference will also include panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Attendance is free, and attendees are encouraged to register online by Oct. 6 at richlandcollege.edu/msi-convening.

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

Holding two designations by the U.S. Department of Education as an AANAPISI and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), Richland College is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. awarded the AANAPISI grant in fiscal year 2015. With approximately 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.


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.


Minority Serving Institution Convening at Richland College Still Accepting Registrants

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Registration is currently open for the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening, to be held Oct. 14-15 at Richland College.

The conference, a collaboration between Richland College and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), will focus on “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change.” Through presentations and workshops focusing on collecting and analyzing quantitative data; evidence-based program development and research methods, best practices and results, attendees can expect to learn what colleges, universities and institutions are doing to support minority groups.

Presenters at this year’s MSI Convening include Mark Mitsui, deputy assistant secretary for community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education, and Robert Teranishi, Ph.D., a professor of social science and comparative education at UCLA who was recently appointed by President Obama as a member on the board of directors for the National Board for Education Services.

The MSI Convening is free to attend and is open to all educators whose institutions serve minority populations. Registration is open through Sept. 30.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas, Texas. Additional information, including a link to register for the conference, is available at richlandcollege.edu/msi-convening.


Richland College to Host Community Reception for Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund’s ‘CARE’ Report

Richland College will host a community reception at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), during which the organization will formally announce its next National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) report, “Impact of Scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Community College Students.”

The report highlights the measurable impact of scholarship funding on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community college students. The primary goal of this national report is to understand the lived experiences of these students attending community college and the impact that scholarship funding has had on their educational experiences and academic achievement.

The event will include a panel of previous APIASF scholarship recipients, Richland College faculty and staff, APIASF leadership, researchers from the CARE team, local chamber of commerce leadership and Asian community leaders.

Earlier this year, the APIASF awarded scholarships totaling $42,500 to 13 full-time, degree-seeking AAPI students at Richland College.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to grow as a student due to the contributions of APIASF/USA Funds,” said Richland College student Ezra Jones Calado, one of the 13 students to receive an APIASF scholarship. “It is an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship as it allows me to be an example for my community in promoting the value of higher education. Thank you APIASF/USA Funds for allowing me to achieve my goals while I grow with my dreams.”

“APIASF is grateful for all the work and support of Richland College,” said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF president and executive director. “Richland College president Dr. Kay Eggleston has been a critical player in ensuring Dallas-area AAPI students succeed on and off campus, and we are so excited to bring all the players to the table, from business leaders to students, to share how to best support students and communities. Nearly half of all AAPI students attend community colleges like Richland, and that is why this conversation is so important.”

Richland College is a U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it is one of only 18 higher education institutions in the U.S. through which the APIASF is offering the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

The U.S. Department of Education selected Richland College to receive a five-year, $1.5 million federal grant under the AANAPISI program. This program allows Richland College to expand its capacity to serve AAPI students in financial need. The college previously received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that totaled more than $1.4 million in funding. Richland College currently enrolls more than 3,000 AAPI students, comprising nearly 16 percent of its student body.

For information on APIASF, visit www.apiasf.org.


Richland College to Host Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund ‘Jump Start’ College Tour

Richland College will host a “Jump Start” college tour for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Nov. 14, sponsored by Wells Fargo.

The program provides prospective Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and their families with information about college planning, leadership training, financial education and professional development tools and resources. The event is open to high school juniors and seniors, along with their parents.

In addition to attending sessions about college, attendees will also participate in a tour of the Richland College campus.

Earlier this year, the APIASF awarded scholarships totaling $42,500 to 13 full-time, degree-seeking APPI students at Richland College.

Richland College is a U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. through which the APIASF is offering the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

Richland College was recently selected to receive a five-year, $1.5 million grant under the AANAPISI program. This program allows Richland College to expand its capacity to serve AAPI students in financial need. The school previously received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that totaled more than $1.4 million in funding.

Registration for the event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.

To register for the event, visit apiasf.org/jumpstart.


Richland College Awarded Five-Year, $1.5 Million AANAPISI Grant

Richland College was recently selected to receive a five-year, $1.5 million grant under the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Program. This program will allow Richland College to expand its capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students with financial need.

“This initiative will provide many of our under-resourced AAPI students the opportunity to reach their academic goals,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., Richland College’s vice president for teaching and learning. “We are thrilled once again to be awarded this grant to provide the college with more resources to meet both academically challenged and academically high performing AAPI students where they are and respond to their challenges.”

With 15 percent of Richland College’s student population comprised of AAPI students and at least half demonstrating financial need, the AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students. The program will help Richland College to increase the three-year graduation rate for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students who have one or more risks to success and completion, such as financial need or academic challenges.

Richland College is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. awarded the AANAPISI grant in fiscal year 2015.

Richland College previously received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that totaled more than $1.4 million in funding.

For information on the AANAPISI program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/aanapi/index.html.


Richland College Offers 2014-15 Scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is now accepting applications from Richland College students for the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program.

The scholarships range between $2,500 and $5,000 and total more than $625,000 for the 2014-15 academic year. This AANAPISI designation makes scholarships available to Richland College Asian American and Pacific Islander students who are enrolled full-time and seeking degrees.

The application deadline is 8 p.m. CST on Oct. 15, 2014. Students should visit apiasf.org for application eligibility requirements and to apply.

Richland College is one of only 15 higher education institutions in the U.S. through which the APIASF is offering the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

“These scholarships give qualified students the opportunity to achieve their educational goals at Richland College,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Richland College’s vice president for teaching and learning. “We are proud to partner with APIASF and help these students succeed in the classroom.”

Richland College received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that will total more than $1.4 million in funding. With 14-16 percent of Richland College’s student population comprised of Asian American students and at least half demonstrating financial need, the AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students.

Richland College’s AANAPISI program is focused on three initiatives: creating a college-wide understanding of the effects of poverty on students; adapting the “Achieving the Dream” principles to Richland’s culture and capabilities, resulting in improved success in developmental education and gatekeeper courses; and operating a textbook lending library supporting 50 minority, low-income male students annually.

For information on APIASF, visit apiasf.org.


2014 APIASF scholars at Richland College announced
From left: Tung Dao, APIASF Scholarship Program Director Cecilia Marshall, Maria Louisa Ponsones, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, Damanta Adhikari, Lan Nguyen, Uyen Cao, Sana Hussein, Mai Huynh, Bhagawat Khatiwada and Damodar Dahal.

From left: Tung Dao, APIASF Scholarship Program Director Cecilia Marshall, Maria Louisa Ponsones, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, Damanta Adhikari, Lan Nguyen, Uyen Cao, Sana Hussein, Mai Huynh, Bhagawat Khatiwada and Damodar Dahal.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Program Director Cecilia Marshall recognized nine Richland College student recipients of APIASF scholarships during a reception on April 24 hosted by Richland College and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

In welcoming APIASF’s representatives, student recipients, community and college faculty and staff, Richland College President Kathryn K. Eggleston thanked the generous donors who support APIASF and Richland College’s partnership toward developing future leaders who excel in their careers, serving as role models in their communities and contributing to a more vibrant America.

Dr. Eggleston cited the growing Dallas County Asian and refugee population and credited the “partnership with APIASF in advancing Richland College’s goals to promote access and achieve equity for students who otherwise would not have this important opportunity to realize their educational goals.”

The scholarships are the result of Richland College’s partnership with APIASF. Richland College is the only U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in Texas, and one of nine U.S. higher education institutions chosen by the APIASF to participate in the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

Asian American students comprise 14 percent of Richland College’s student enrollment. With at least half of these students demonstrating financial need, the APIASF Scholarships and the AANAPISI funding positively impacts many of Richland College’s historically underserved students.


Richland College president served on refugee report review committee

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), in collaboration with the Association for Asian American Studies, released a new, national report, “Invisible Newcomers: Refugees from Burma/Myanmar and Bhutan in the United States,” that gives voice to and provides comprehensive data about the challenges surrounding these refugee populations.

Kathryn K. Eggleston, Richland College’s president, served as a member of the review committee for the “Invisible Newcomers” report. Richland College is a designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

The need for a report such as “Invisible Newcomers” was identified through continual assessment of APIASF’s scholarship application cycle, said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF president and executive director.

“We discovered that a growing number of our applicants and scholarship recipients are from the Burmese and Bhutanese communities,” Mr. Horikoshi said. “Further investigation into these groups demonstrated the need for access to educational resources as well as additional research to inform policymakers, higher education leaders and other resource providers about the experiences of students.”

The report found that serious challenges for Burmese and Bhutanese refugees include difficulty navigating systems to access long-term funding and support services; limited English proficiency; intergenerational conflict between children/youth and elders; and the inability to communicate in various realms, including educational access and employment resources.

The APIASF identified several policy implications and made recommendations including:

  • The length of time that adult refugees are eligible for English language education and social support services should be extended.
  • Special attention needs to be paid to the educational outcomes of the refugee population who arrive during their teen years. Some 39 percent of Burmese refugees in the United States have dropped out of high school. This population needs programs to help ease their transition. Intensive educational and social support should be provided to teens to help increase high school graduation rates.
  • Job training and job development are critical factors contributing to improved socioeconomic status. Organizations should strategically provide training to refugees that will lead to permanent positions and focus on areas with future job growth.

Richland College works closely with the APIASF. For the 2013–14 academic year , Richland College was one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. through which the APIASF offered scholarships to AANAPISI students.

In 2010, Richland College received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will total more than $1.4 million in funding. This AANAPISI funding impacts many of Richland College’s underserved students, as 14 percent of the college’s student population is composed of Asian American students with at least half of those demonstrating financial need.