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Monday, August 1 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Opening Plenary: Closing Equity Gaps for Minoritized and Underserved Learners with Credentials Pathways

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While 59.1% of White adults (age 25 to 64) in Colorado completed a degree or other credential, this number is a lot lower for minority adults in the state. In 2021, the Community College System (CCCS) received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to address this gap. The main goal of this grant is to increase credential attainment for enrolled Black, Hispanic, and Native American adults at CCCS colleges by 2% by 2023.

In the CU system, the graduation rate is between 43-68% for our undergraduate students. This number is much lower for minoritized students. There are various contributing factors: 1) gateway courses; 2) opportunity gaps; and 3) first and last mile challenges (sense of belonging and missing credit hours). We are exploring opportunities for bridging this gap including converting experiences into credentials to address graduation challenges and preparing students for the future of work.

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Alison Griffin

Senior Vice President, Whiteboard Advisors
Alison Griffin’s experience on the implementation side of higher education and workforce development, and as a grantmaker, is reflected in her practical understanding of how policy shapes practice. Her career in postsecondary education policy includes two terms as a policy advisor... Read More →

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Geeta Verma

Professor, STEM education and Founder, LivedX, University of Colorado Denver
Geeta Verma is a professor of science education at the University of Colorado Denver. She has founded an online platform, LivedX, that accredits students’ lived and learned experiences into essential life skills credentials. This enables youth to succeed in educational and workforce... Read More →
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Dr. Ayelet Zur-Nayberg

Director of Adult Student Success, Colorado Community College System

Monday August 1, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
GM Ballroom Center (UMC)