Through ongoing collaboration and communication, RLC partners implement their identified strategic priorities and align individual and collective institutional policies, programs, and practices to support the strategic actions.
Individual and collective capacity for coherent, evidence-based, and systematic cross-segmental institution collaboration has resulted in positive structural, systemic, academic, and social achievements within the P-20 education and career pipeline.
As an example, RLC’s early focus on the transition between high school and community college to reduce the number of students placed in developmental courses led to:
- Collaboration of RLC partner leaders to implement multiple measures and corequisite education supports.
- Reversal of the college matriculation/persistence trend in two short years.
- Significant increases in students enrolled in and completing credit-bearing, transfer level courses.
The RLC Strategic Plan includes additional details about the RLC’s expansion and impact on over 100,000 students.
The work of the RLC is to promote vertical articulation, alignment, and advising across all segmental transitions within the cradle to career pipeline toensure equitable access, opportunity, and outcomes for all students. Over 80% of the Pomona Unified School District students initially served are low-income; nearly one-third are English Learners; and 86% identify as Latino and5% Black. The City of Pomona is a large, low-income, urban community in Los Angeles County, where 31% of adults do not graduate high school, compared to 17% in its home state of California, and only 18% complete college compared to 33% statewide (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019).
As a result of the focus on the strategic priority areas, students are provided access to:
- Articulated and aligned college and career readiness experiences across the pipeline from elementary to postsecondary, including dual enrollment courses.
- Holistic and long-term advising provided by counselors at all levels -- elementary, secondary and higher education.
- Near peer mentors to help students navigate their individual paths to be successful in career and life.
- Career & Life Plan Courses (CLP) for college knowledge and career exploration in grade 9, culminating in the development of individual student education plans.
- Planning tools and resources, including the online RLC Navigator: Student and Family Roadmap to College & Career.
- Student surveys and focus groups for them to provide input and feedback on strategic actions and outcomes.
- Parent support and resources to assist students at all stages of their career planning and implementation.
Innovated the concept of a pipeline network and built a Collaborative that has consistently engaged partners for over five (5) years.
Incubated and applied innovations across all of our college campuses, impacting nearly 100,000 students annually.
Expanded dual enrollment to students who needed it most -- those from low-income families. More
Increased dual enrollment courses offerings from 2 to 16
, with 60% of students at lowest performing high school graduating with college credit.More
Flipped the ratio from 86% of District students enrolling at the local community college in non-college credit courses and dropping out without earning any college credits to 86% being enrolled in credit bearing courses in their first year.More
Implemented multiple measures placement and corequisite education prior to the introduction of California Assembly Bill 705.More
Developed curriculum and training for college peer mentors to support midrange and Tier 2 performing students.More
Piloted high school college and career preparation curriculum in the transitions from 8th grade to high school and from high school to college.More
Changed habits of mind around data use and decision making to ensure that students and their needs remain at the center.More
As a testament to the effectiveness of the RLC, all original RLC pipeline partners remain engaged in the Collaborative and additional members and institutions have joined, resulting in a membership of nearly 100 individuals committed to restructuring the education transition pipeline for low-income and first generation students and students of color.
I am surprised at the level of engagement and willingness of high-level partners within a collaborative that is not technically within anyone’s job description or requirements.
- RLC Member
Many have tried this before, but no one has gotten this far. You have my full support.
- President of Community College
...the most successful Collaborative we fund.
- College Futures Foundation
It is important that we continue improving opportunities for all students in the region to access post secondary education.
We have already impacted 10s of 1000s of students, and we are committed to building on these tremendous outcomes for students and families.
- Mayor of City of Pomona