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Equity at Kish
Kishwaukee College fosters an environment of inclusion, diversity and equity for all.
The College’s values of inclusion and accessibility are indicative of our commitment to ensuring all learners know they are welcomed and
valued members of the Kish community. We believe everyone deserves an affordable,
quality education, and any barriers or completion gaps must be addressed.
When we joined the PCC, we began breaking down the data and realized we had some work
Current State of Illinois data shows only 13.4% of African-American students completed
their program. Of Latinx students, only 21.7% completed. Both are far below the completion
rate for white students, which was 42.3% for the entire state. Furthermore, 36.6%
of students not receiving Pell grants completed, but only 24.8% of Pell grant recipients
Kish’s data shows a similar story.
Additional data told us more. Even though the overall graduation rate increased from
Fall 2011 to Fall 2015, the disparity between African-American and Latinx students
with their white peers existed.
The 2019-2020 academic year saw the implementation of new strategies to move us toward
the goal of closing achievement gaps. Ultimately, we hope to eliminate the gap entirely.
As part of our involvement with the ILEA, we created an equity statement to reflect
our goal and commitment to all our students. It reads:
We are committed to a sustainable culture of equity, focused on respect and fairness,
in all aspects of the Kishwaukee College experience.
Equity in higher education is about ensuring all learners have what they need to complete
their program. For some, financial assistance is needed. For others, it’s fulfilling
basic needs like food or transportation support. Whatever the barrier, the College
has a host of resources to help students facing barriers to completion. These include:
The Champions Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance to students facing hardship.
Joined the Partnership for College Completion Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative
with 27 other Illinois colleges and universities
All college Inservice to introduce equity commitment and professional development
on closing the equity gap at the college
Development of a college equity statement: We are committed to a sustainable culture of equity, focused on respect and fairness,
in all aspects of the Kishwaukee College experience.
Equity Statement displayed prominently across campus
Equity webpage created
Created Kishwaukee College Equity Plan
Accepted into the PCC/Aspen Institute Equity Academy for Presidents and Cabinets Members
Hired Associate Dean, Office of Instruction with 50% time for diversity, equity, and
Perkins Grant activities focusing on closing equity gaps in Career Technical Education
Applying for Department of Education Title III Grant with focus on closing equity
gap through Quality Online Instruction; Guided Pathways; and Expansion of Financial
Literacy, Embedded Tutors, and Course Success Coaching
Data disaggregation by special populations in Office of Institutional Research
Created space and furnished new Intercultural Center
Identified staff member to include Intercultural Center coordination in job responsibilities
Delivered diversity awareness events: Native American Heritage Month / Indigenous
Peoples Day, Black History Month, Trans* Awareness Month, Women’s History Month, Asian
American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Completed event which raised $230 for the Frances Loubere Ally Activity Scholarship
Delivered Faculty Lead Open Dialogue: Racist, anti-Racist, White Privilege & Black Privilege: A Dialogue of Curious Humans
Integrated equity content into the Probationary Faculty tenure seminar series
Sent CTE and adult education staff and instructors to: Forum for Excellence Conference
Anti-Racist Education; Designing for Equity and Access; ILEA Summit Equity Speaks
Several faculty and staff are attending “Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways”
with Dr. Xueli Wang of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 14, 2021
Contracted for a keynote speaker during FA21 Inservice to provide presentation and
workshop to faculty and instructional staff about inclusive pedagogy
Priority on hiring for diversity integrated into employee search processes
Spring Professional Development Day Breakout Sessions: Diversity and Inclusion, Implicit Bias and Micro-aggression Awareness, and Diversity Blind Spots
Hired At-risk advisor and assigned case load to position
Set-up supportive service funds (Champions and WIOA) to address COVID digital divide
(Laptop Loan Program and Internet Access Grant)
Established Restart Program to remove barrier to return to college because of past
debt to college
Advising created Retention 4.0 Outreach Plan
Partnered with Tutoring Services to develop and deliver Academic Success workshop
Developed Mental Health Matters Newsletter for students.
Expanded support services for low-income students to include: SNAP benefit changes,Kody’s
Cupboard food pantry, and virtual financial aid workshops.
Introduced the use of interactive text bots to assist students with frequently asked
Expanded textbook loan to service transfer students and calculator needs of mathematics
and science students.
Perkins Grant provided CTE students with childcare stipends, mileage assistance, and
Developed a final exam virtual combine a virtual study space" with resources, tutors,
virtual study breakout rooms, and resources
Hired a Math Placement Specialist and part-time lead mathematics embedded tutor
Library and Tutoring Services created new workshop series: Communication Strategies for Classroom and Workplace Success, Study Tips: Strategies
to Stay on Track, Don’t Stop: Sitting with Challenges, How to Get the Most Out of
Tutoring, Attitudes Towards College Courses, and Treasure Hunting in the Digital Library
Expanded online tutoring through Tutor.com to include mathematics application in sciences,
nursing, and computer science courses
Delivering Staff-Student Mentoring Pilot
Completed developmental education focus groups with students, with follow-up survey
planned for SP21
Added student support links to the master syllabus templates in courses
Expanded embedded tutors into developmental education and gateway course in English
Awarded Catalyst Grant ($12,000) to assist with mentoring pilot
Office of Instruction developing plan to improve the success rates in MAT 150 College
Algebra and ENG 104 Composition II
members of Kish’s PCC team
Laurie Borowicz, President Joanne Kantner, Vice President & Chief Academic Officer Michelle Rothmeyer, Vice President of Student Services Pernevlon Ellis, Associate Dean Matthew Crull, Director of Research and Data Management Dariana Lee, Director of Student Success Graciela Horta, Student Outreach & Intercultural Center Coordinator Dominica Blalock, Assistant Professor
Kishwaukee College’s Community Education program has launched a new Agriculture Workshop Series that highlights various aspects of farming and food production. The classes will teach participants self-sustaining farming practices, which can be turned into entrepreneurial opportunities.
Kishwaukee College is pleased to announce its Part-Time Student Honors List for Spring 2021. To be eligible for this honor, a student must have completed a minimum of 6 (but less than 12) semester hours of college-level courses at Kish with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.