THE DIOP STORY;
              Once Upon a Time …


                Teresa Aldredge, Counselor/Professor
                  ...
Los Rios Community
College District (LRCCD)
 Los Rios Community College District is a two-year public college district
  ...
Student Enrollment and Percentage of
African-American Students per campus
(Fall 2008)


   American River College     Cosu...
Semester Outcome Measure of All African-American Students
in Los Rios Community College District
Average GPA and Success R...
The Dreaded Data
            Cosumnes River College
    African American       All CRC Students
Persistence Rates      Per...
DIOP SCHOLARS

 Senegalese word meaning “scholar”


 DIOP Scholars is an academic learning
     community created to inc...
DIOP SCHOLARS
                     2005 - 2006




                                      7
4/30/2009

            A Commun...
DIOP SCHOLARS
A Community of Learners
 DIOP Scholars is a year long program that
     supports a cohort of students seeki...
DIOP SCHOLARS
FALL                               SPRING
Building Foundations   3 units     College Comp (1A)   3 units
Col...
Diop Scholars Data
            Cosumnes River College
    African American         Diop Scholars
Persistence Rates      Pe...
UNIQUE DIOP FEATURES
 African-centered pedagogy approaches and
 Practices
 Pedagogy steeped in African ways of knowing ...
Unique Diop Features (con’t)
Academic Enrichment Plan
 Cultural Enlightenment: Attend three
  cultural events including a...
“THE DANCE”
                         Asa Hillard

    True education occurs when there is a
                 divine dance
...
“Each One Teach One”
                  African Wisdom

 What do you do when students don’t pass the
  first level of clas...
PROGRAM CHANGES
 Maximize enrollment in courses
 Infuse co-curricular activities into curriculum
 Incorporate a Council...
Sankofa

“It is no taboo to go back and fetch it if you have
   forgotten.”           African Wisdom




                 ...
UMOJA V “Claiming Community”
 Wyndham Hotel, San Jose, California
 November 5—7, 2009
 A Conference for All Educators
 Hos...
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Cosumnes River Cross Curricular

  1. 1. THE DIOP STORY; Once Upon a Time … Teresa Aldredge, Counselor/Professor Diop Scholars Program Cosumnes River College Umoja Community Vice Chair, Program Development Basic Skills Regional Workshop 1 4/30/2009 Sacramento, CA
  2. 2. Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD)  Los Rios Community College District is a two-year public college district serving the greater Sacramento region.  Our district includes four campuses: American River  Cosumnes River  Folsom Lake  Sacramento City   Los Rios also has major centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, downtown Sacramento, Natomas and Rancho Cordova; and special services for business and industry  The District's 2400 square mile service area includes Sacramento and El Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer and Solano counties. Over 88,000 students are enrolled in our colleges. 2 4/30/2009
  3. 3. Student Enrollment and Percentage of African-American Students per campus (Fall 2008) American River College Cosumnes River College Number of Number of 34,804 14,802 students served: students served: % of African % of African 10.2 American students: American students: 14.6 Folsom Lake College Sacramento City College Number of Number of 9,008 25,788 students served: students served: % of African % of African 14.4 American students: 2.2 American students: 3 4/30/2009
  4. 4. Semester Outcome Measure of All African-American Students in Los Rios Community College District Average GPA and Success Rates African Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 American Students Average GPA Average GPA Average GPA Success Rate Success Rate Success Rate 2.13 2.05 2.12 ARC 52.9% 51.4% 54.5% 2.00 2.00 2.07 CRC 47.6% 47.0% 50.7% 2.46 2.21 2.33 FLC 52.2% 49.2% 57.5% 2.06 2.03 2.11 SCC 47.1% 45.5% 52.1% 4 4/30/2009
  5. 5. The Dreaded Data Cosumnes River College African American All CRC Students Persistence Rates Persistence Rates 51.7% 58.0% Success Rates Success Rates 47.0% 62.3% Average GPA Average GPA 2.00 2.53 Units Att/Completed Units Att/Completed 8.1 / 4.5 8.6 / 5.9 Fall 2007 5 4/30/2009
  6. 6. DIOP SCHOLARS  Senegalese word meaning “scholar”  DIOP Scholars is an academic learning community created to increase the retention, persistence and overall academic success rate of African American students at Cosumnes River College, CRC. 6 4/30/2009
  7. 7. DIOP SCHOLARS 2005 - 2006 7 4/30/2009 A Community of Learners
  8. 8. DIOP SCHOLARS A Community of Learners  DIOP Scholars is a year long program that supports a cohort of students seeking to transfer or earn an associate degree.  Diop Scholars is a learning community in which a cohort of students enroll in two core courses per semester  Diop Scholars places emphasis on learning in community and developing interdependent relationships 8 4/30/2009
  9. 9. DIOP SCHOLARS FALL SPRING Building Foundations 3 units College Comp (1A) 3 units College Writing 4 units Writing Lab .5 units Writing Lab .5 units College Success 3 unit Communications 3 units 7.5 units 9.5 units 9 4/30/2009
  10. 10. Diop Scholars Data Cosumnes River College African American Diop Scholars Persistence Rates Persistence Rates 51.7% 78.6% Success Rates Success Rates 47.0% 61.6% Average GPA Average GPA 2.00 1.95 Units Att/Completed Units Att/Completed 8.1 / 4.5 13.04 / 9.02 Fall 2007 10 4/30/2009
  11. 11. UNIQUE DIOP FEATURES  African-centered pedagogy approaches and  Practices  Pedagogy steeped in African ways of knowing and doing  Nasaka Sunsum “touching the spirit”  Sankofa principle ~ “go back and get it”  Intrusive counseling techniques  Literature, readings - African American writers  Discussion, topics relevant to African American experience  Sense of community , responsibility, and commitment to the self, classmates & African American community 11 4/30/2009
  12. 12. Unique Diop Features (con’t) Academic Enrichment Plan  Cultural Enlightenment: Attend three cultural events including at least one of a different culture  Leadership Development: Participate in two events  Community Service: Participate in one community service event  Social Connection: As a group attend one event 12 4/30/2009
  13. 13. “THE DANCE” Asa Hillard True education occurs when there is a divine dance between the teacher and the student. True education is caught in that instant that becomes a moment that turns into a path of perfection. That touches the spirit of the student and opens up the passion for knowledge and inspires the student to love learning. 13 4/30/2009 We invite our students to dance with us!
  14. 14. “Each One Teach One” African Wisdom  What do you do when students don’t pass the first level of classes?  How do you evaluate your program?  How do you institutionalize your program?  What do you do if faculty quit?  What do you do help the broader population of students? 14 4/30/2009
  15. 15. PROGRAM CHANGES  Maximize enrollment in courses  Infuse co-curricular activities into curriculum  Incorporate a Council of Elders  Create seamless flow between content and context of Diop classes  Seek additional release time for faculty to attend other Diop classes  Strengthen student to student & faculty to faculty community  Allow sufficient time for program coordination 15 4/30/2009
  16. 16. Sankofa “It is no taboo to go back and fetch it if you have forgotten.” African Wisdom 16 4/30/2009
  17. 17. UMOJA V “Claiming Community” Wyndham Hotel, San Jose, California November 5—7, 2009 A Conference for All Educators Hosted by Evergreen Valley College AFFIRM Program, San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Pre-Conference Workshops Thursday—November 5, 2009 More information at: http://voyager.dvc.edu/umoja 17 4/30/2009

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