AACC Joins National Consortium to Improve Minority Male Success
Friday, January 29, 2016
Posted by: Megan Mann
The Minority Male Community College Collaborative Shares Ideas That Work
Anne Arundel Community College has joined the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color, the first national association organized specifically to advance success of minority male students. 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, only 17 percent of black men and 15 percent of Latino men in the United States 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, such as Native American or Southeast Asian, also indicate a great 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 educational institutions. Community colleges convene to share their efforts and learn about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color.
“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.
As an M2C3 member, AACC 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 college.
- Participation in an annual working group meeting hosted in San Diego, Calif.
Through working with M2C3, AACC can 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.
Launched in February 2015, the M2C3 already has seen much success in information-sharing between community colleges. An average of more than 1,000 consortium members participates in each webinar. For information, visit http://interwork.sdsu.edu/sp/m2c3/
“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 Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 50,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 50 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. AACC offers national and regional studies leading to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.
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Susan Gross, public relations specialist