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Center for Urban Education Representative Works With CU Team on CU Equity Scorecard

December 3, 2012

Tiffany Jones, research assistant at the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California, recently spent a week at Cheyney University to work with the Evidence Team on the University's Equity Scorecard.  Vice President Nancy Jones, Dr. Sesime Adanu, Professor Jolly Ramakarishnan, Dr. Tara Kent, Karen Smith-Dike, and Professor Marietta Dantonio-Madsen are charged with researching ways to fulfill the mission of providing access to quality education and improving equity among the diverse stakeholders in higher education. During the past year, the Cheyney team has been improving access via admissions and related technologies.

This November, Team Co-Chairs, Dr. Lut Nero and Ms. Etta Baldwin, joined Chief of Staff Sheila Vance and Provost Ivan Banks to conference with the CUE consultants to bring closure to Phase 1 of the project. The University now plans to embark upon the procedures to complete the final phases of the process, which include a focus on retention and completion. Jones helped facilitate the process while she was in residence at Cheyney University.

"All PASSHE schools have been undergoing this process since early 2012," Jones said. "The team is reviewing institutional data which has already been collected so that we can identify areas of concern or interest. The Evidence team can now delve deeper into data which already exists and make recommendations which might be helpful to campus leadership. The overall goal of the Equity Scorecard is to help schools close gaps in outcome such as enrollment, completion, persistence and graduation rates."

In addition, Jones hopes to encourage and give the team tools to use the data effectively and make it easier to read.  "It's an opportunity to use data that has already been collected rather than starting the collection process over again," she explained. "In the end, information will be taken from that data and report on that research to enhance effectiveness."

While on campus,  Jones presented an evening seminar for students regarding how to plan for graduate school. The seminar attracted a large number of students who lingered afterwards to get her advice.

Ms. Jones works on higher education, critical policy analysis, and implementing the equity scorecard at institutions populated predominately by students of color. Prior to working with CUE, Tiffany worked with pre-college programs and served as an intern for the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. Her research examines how policy and practice facilitate outcomes for students of color at predominately white institutions and, more recently, at minority serving institutions.

Ms. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in Family Studies from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education Policy with a focus on higher education at the School of Education at the University of Southern California. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Jones conducted research at four-year colleges and some urban high schools. While she has conducted research on other HBCUs, this was her first on-site work at an HBCU.