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Best Practices For Asking Rising Scholars Students On Campus About Their Prior Incarceration Status

The California Community Colleges are increasingly striving to collect data about the number of formerly incarcerated students on their campuses. Data collection can raise privacy concerns and may cause tension in the relationship between Rising Scholars students and the college. This collection of successful practices may help Rising Scholars programs navigate this challenging terrain.

Striving for Success Report

Justice impacted students in California community colleges are succeeding academically across multiple dimensions. In particular, justice impacted students are achieving greater success and similar if not higher grades compared to their main campus counterparts. For a rundown on this data and more, read our new report by Rebecca Silbert and Debbie Mukamal.

California Community Colleges Fair Chance Hiring Policy Summary

On February 8th, the California Community Colleges Chancellor issued guidance on Fair Chance Hiring Best Practices (Policy Guidance) following the December 2018 Chancellor’s legal advisory (Office of General Counsel Advisory 2018-04) regarding the use of criminal history records in hiring, promotion and retention decisions by the community colleges and districts. The policy guidance and legal advisory together pave the way for California’s higher education system to expand employment opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records.