The Tulsa Community College equity fund is a privately funded, race-equity grant designed to encourage Tulsa Community College (TCC) students who have a Bursar Hold that prohibits them from enrolling. The grant helps students by implementing research-based approaches to narrowing the achievement gap at Tulsa Community College for students of color. For the equity grant, students must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) on file for TCC prior to consideration for this grant.
1. Equity Funding Support for Student Completion and Retention Grant
This grant helps students pay off the obligation to TCC and move forward to degree completion. Payment is authorized in the program only when the student receives (1) approval from the TCC Advising Area for enrolled courses for the upcoming semester to complete the next steps in the degree plan, along with two an intake and Success Plan from a TCC Academic Success Coach.
- Retention Grant: This fund is designed to help students who have at least 15 credit hours at TCC and must be first-time degree- or certificate-seeking. Students must currently have a minimum GPA of 3.0 GPA. Students must enroll with a minimum of 6 hours that are required courses according to their degree plan.
- Completion Grant: This fund is designed to help students who are within 15 hours of degree completion and must be first-time degree- or certificate-seeking. Students must currently have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must maintain that GPA throughout the completion of their degree or certificate. Students must enroll with a minimum of 6 hours that are required courses according to their degree plan.
Application for Completion and Retention Grants Reminder: For the equity grant, students must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) on file for TCC prior to consideration for this grant.
2. Equity Funding Support for African American Male Success Team
The African American Male Success Team focuses on providing institutional-level support for African American males at Tulsa Community College. The types of support include community and college networking and resource-awareness connections, along with providing leadership development, cultural enrichment, and academic mentoring. These supports address the research-based factors that promote retention and persistence: increased “sense of belonging,” “self-efficacy,” “leadership,” and “cultural pride.”
3. Equity Funding Support for Study Jamz
The underlying premise for adding study sessions for a grant focus is that students need more time on task, and their schedule conflicts and time management have not opened sufficient doors for them to (1) set aside time for study and (2) visit with both experts and peers in their study areas. Students of color often have significant barriers to structured study time, along with multiple other support needs related to study and time on task. The Study Jamz sessions focus on finding times and approaches that are off the traditional grid of when the College is available to provide tutors and space for students to study. For example, for Spring 2020, the grant-supported student's sessions at 5:00 am for peak weeks of midterms and finals, along with providing a Music DJ to provide background study music to stimulate thinking and movement - items connected as promoting more successful study patterns for students of color. Much of the research supporting Study Jamz stems from alternating music between broken-up parts of a study time stems from works such as Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences and African/Latin Culture influences.