Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Culture of Evidence: What Is It? Do We Have One?

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From Volume 35 Number 3 | April–June 2007
By Kay M. McClenney, Byron N. McClenney, Gregory F. Peterson

To provide access to and retain both students of color and low-income students, community colleges must change to create environments in which all students can succeed. Change strategies must focus on the core mission of the institution and rely on data regarding the experiences of students at the institution. When student data are used to inform the planning and decision-making processes at a college, a "culture of evidence" is fostered. This article explores how colleges in the "Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count," a funded national initiative, use the Community College Inventory of: Persistence, Learning, and Attainment, to develop a culture of evidence.

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