Annie E. Casey Foundation
Earning an advanced degree opens doors for low-income working students, connecting them to family-supporting wages and greater financial stability. A new report, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, explores the role of colleges in supporting these students and their success.
The report, Building Equity by Supporting the Whole Student, shares finding from interviews with more than 80 students, administrators, faculty and staff across two community colleges in Washington state. The researchers — a team from Mathematica and the Insight Center for Community and Economic Development — examined how the institutions promoted equity, inclusion, cultural change to better support underserved students of color.
This work exposed inconsistent understandings of equity among school leaders as well as insufficient institutional approaches for meeting student needs.