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Oct. 16, 2019 — Aurora, Colo. — The Community College of Aurora has received a $2.85 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education to eliminate equity gaps and increase retention, completion and transfer outcomes for Hispanic and other students of color.
The five-year grant, named Asegurando Todo el Potencial de Nuestros Estudiantes (Ensuring Our Students’ Full Potential), was awarded in September.
The grant is part of CCA’s ongoing commitment to equity with the goals of improving overall student success and closing the equity gap for students of color.
“The Community College of Aurora has worked intentionally over the last several years to increase our Latinx enrollment and meet the criteria to become a Hispanic Serving Institution,” said CCA President Betsy Oudenhoven. “We know we need to be equally intentional in how we serve and support these students so that they persist and achieve their educational goals. This grant will give us the resources to build on the work that we are already doing to close equity gaps for our students and we are very grateful.”
Some of the objectives planned for the grant include:
CCA will also use a portion of the grant funding for 25 faculty and instructors to complete the
Association of College and University Educators Effective Teaching Practices course series. ACUE’s course in Effective Teaching Practices helps faculty and instructors learn about — and implement — approaches that improve engagement and persistence and promote deeper learning.
CCA was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2016; colleges that are designated HSIs are eligible to receive Title V grants, which is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
One hundred percent of direct project costs will be covered by federal funds in years one and two, with institutional funds phased in incrementally to cover direct project costs in years three through five. CCA institutional funds will cover 10% of one position ($5,305) in year three, 25% in year four ($13,659), and 50% in year five ($28,137).
To receive the HSI designation, institutions must have an undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment of 25 percent or more. At CCA, more than 30 percent of the student population identifies as Latinx, and about 1 in 16 students who graduate are Latinx students.
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About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and Denver, Colorado. The college offers courses on two campuses, online and through its high school concurrent-enrollment program, helping students prepare for employment or transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, visit www.ccaurora.edu.