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Share responsibility for the success of our students and employees by improving equity-mindedness and ensuring institutional support that closes equity gaps.

Bristol’s commitment to close equity gaps will be at the forefront of our work and will be infused into everything we do. Bristol has made some strides in closing these gaps, but with shifting demographics in our region, paired with a decline of high school graduation rates, it is imperative that Bristol continues to ensure equitable access to both effective educational practices and welcoming and inclusive campus climates.

This strategy will support us in our work to dive deeper into what equity is and what equitable access means for the region’s population. It will require us to shift our perspectives and review our current practices, better understand our students’ needs and change our processes to continue to meet our students where they are. This work will span across all areas of the college and will require a dedication of resources to ensure all students have the support needed to successfully complete their education at Bristol.

Equity and Student Success Action Plan

Action Items:

  1. Evaluate the search committee process - redefine the use and purpose of the search committees.
  2. Develop a new evaluation criteria for selection of candidates.
  3. Develop a marketing strategy that employs mediums, affiliations and partnerships associated with diverse communities as part of our recruitment plans.
  4. Conduct stay interviews with new minority candidates early and regularly within their first 2-3 years of employment to ensure feedback and engagement.
  5. Develop an equity awards and recognition plan.

Action Items:

  1. Adopt and publish Bristol's definition of "Gateway Courses" and the courses to be used for assessment with each program.
  2. Conduct an analysis of all Gateway courses by program and prioritize which courses are most in need of review.
  3. Identify which factors will be used to measure Gateway Course success (pass/fail, student goals, etc.)
  4. Develop equity plans for each campus location as well as each academic program.
  5. Identify courses with high withdrawal rates and determine reason for withdrawals. Work with faculty to provide professional development that helps lessen withdrawals.
  6. Complete an analysis of success rates by program, disaggregated by demographics. Develop measures for programs in need of improved success.

Action Items:

  1. Develop professional development to address on the key fundamental areas of the DHE 10-yr equity plan (alternative assessment methods, project-based problem solving learning, racial trauma, flipped classrooms, cultural responsiveness, etc.)
  2. Work with faculty to identify additional topics of interest (AI, etc.) - CTL attendance at ALT, All Academic Meeting Surveys, etc.
  3. Provide a professional development series where faculty and staff share their best practices surrounding equitable pedagogy and high impact practices (offered as a regular part of professional development days).
  4. Launch Tier I of the HEIF equity core competency training (develop an institutional operation plan for managing and tracking).
  5. Provide training to faculty on use of Degree Works.

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