The Postsecondary Equity Network supports colleges and universities in eliminating equity gaps in degree completion for BILPOC students and students from low-income backgrounds. Using the equity-mindedness framework, institutional teams work to advance racial and socio-economic equity strategies.
Postsecondary Equity Network is a coalition of the willing; a network of colleagues committed to creating a postsecondary education system that meets the needs of today’s increasingly diverse students. At this time, there is no fee to join PEN, but partner institutions are required to sign letters of commitment to the goals of PEN, develop and implement innovative equity plans, and share disaggregated data and lessons learned.
MOCAN provides professional development and analysis of disaggregated data to support development of institutional equity plans, access to resources, connection to a network of equity-minded higher education professionals, and opportunities to elevate and celebrate the work of institutions and individuals. Professional development is designed for leaders, practitioners, and students at PEN partner institutions.
MOCAN Complete College America Purpose First Initiative
Early momentum in college has been proven to dramatically increase the likelihood of reaching a degree. The Complete College America Purpose First strategy builds on CCA’s work around guided pathways and informed choice, restructuring the onboarding process to ensure students identify their interests, explore possible careers, and understand important job market data that could impact their financial futures. MOCAN is supporting 10 colleges and universities in a three-year initiative to adopt Purpose First as a framework for supporting BILPOC students and students from low-income communities.
Learn more about the MOCAN Purpose First Initiative.
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center
MOCAN is honored to be the first non-institutional partner in the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. TRHT has the goal of erasing barriers to equal treatment and opportunity on campuses and in communities through a framework that works to dismantle a false narrative of a hierarchy of human value.
Supporting Community Colleges in Using Guided Pathways for Student Success
MOCAN partnered with Missouri Community College Association and Complete College America to host a summer institute at East Central College on holistic use of the guided pathways framework to support community college students. Dr. Davis Jenkins of the Community College Research Center lent his expertise to colleagues from across the state.
Postsecondary Equity Network Partners
- Columbia College
- Fontbonne University
- Harris-Stowe State University
- Jefferson College
- Maryville University
- Metropolitan Community College
- McKendree University
- Missouri State University
- Missouri Western State University
- Northwest Missouri State University
- Saint Louis University
- St. Louis Community College
- Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
- Southeast Missouri State University
- University of Central Missouri
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- University of Missouri-Kansas City
- University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Webster University
- William Woods University
- Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development