Friday, May 22, 2015

Grossmont College joins national effort to improve success of men of color

Grossmont College recently announced its membership in the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color. Participation in the M2C3 Consortium will enhance the college’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color.

 Despite programs designed to enhance outcomes for men of color, in the United States only 17 percent and 15 percent of Black and Latino men, respectively, earn a certificate, degree or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years. Figures for men from other ethnic groups (e.g., Native American, Southeast Asian) also indicate an insurmountable need for improvement.

To combat this achievement gap, the M2C3 Consortium facilitates an exchange of ideas between community colleges across the nation on how best to serve men of color in higher educational institutions. Community colleges convene to share their efforts and learn about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color.

As an M2C3 member, Grossmont College will utilize

 Access to M2C3 webinars on men on color
Access to the M2C3 virtual discussion board
Participation in information-sharing on promising practices with other community colleges
Participation in an annual working group meeting hosted in San Diego, Calif.
Grossmont College’s engagement in M2C3 will enhance professional development for faculty and staff, enable informed interventions for current programs serving men of color and inspire new initiatives addressing challenges facing these men.

“Our college is currently engaged in efforts to improve the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color,” said Tim Flood, Interim President, Grossmont College. “We look forward to the support of M2C3 and its member colleges that will help our institution learn about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color on our campus.”

Grossmont College has several programs and plans underway to help the college’s diverse student body find success, including the Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS) Summer Institute Program that assists students with the transition into their first year of college; Freshman Academy, which focuses on students’ first-year experience; the Student Equity Plan, which assists those who are disproportionately impacted in areas related to student success; and the Umoja Program, which assists educationally and economically disadvantaged students, among others.

“This innovative group of college leaders will be instrumental in implementing cutting-edge practices and policies to address the achievement gap facing underrepresented men,” said Dr. J. Luke Wood, co-director of M2C3.

 Launched in February 2015, the M2C3 has already seen much success in information-sharing between community colleges. An average of more than 1,000 consortium members participates in each webinar.

 “It is inspiring to see educators collaborate and openly share innovative ideas for serving men of color,” said Frank Harris III, co-director of M2C3. “We look forward to the future of M2C3 and the future success of men of color.”

 About Grossmont College

 Grossmont College is “Changing Lives Through Education” and has served the diverse educational needs of San Diego’s East County since 1962. With a wide variety of certificate and associate’s degree programs, Grossmont College provides workforce training, career development and transferable college-level coursework to its more than 18,000 students. For more information, visit

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