C2C Provides Keynote at Data Summit

Jan 20, 2023 | Cradle to Career Team, News

Data is an important tool in working towards creating equitable access in education. When data is rigorously collected, analyzed, shared, and used for action, communities can make informed decisions. However, often there are barriers, real or perceived, that make using data challenging or overwhelming. C2C staff work with partners to make data more accessible and actionable.

One example of this work is the recent Data Summit Pima Community College held on December 9th. Organized by the Equity in Retention team, the event is part of a broader plan to support equitable student outcomes. C2C Senior Director, Data and Impact, Kassondra Silva, was invited as a keynote speaker to talk about the role of data in community partnerships, including the importance of using systems indicators – data that helps identify inequities that contribute to student outcomes.

Over 60 staff, faculty, and administrators had the opportunity to learn more about data availability and disaggregation, do data “deep dives”, discuss challenges and success with other departments, and plan next steps to support student retention. The event also included a panel of students who shared their experiences and provided important context when looking at student data.

Jeff Thies, Dean of College Readiness and Student Success, who helped organize the event shared, “The Data Summit was a great next step in the college’s efforts to achieve equitable student outcomes. … This event will be the catalyst for future conversations and discussions infused with evidenced based decision making and subsequently move the needle on institutional targets.”