DENVER EDUCATION ATTAINMENT NETWORK

CLEAR PATHS. BRIGHT FUTURES.

The Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN) is a collective impact initiative focused on increasing educational attainment and closing the attainment gap for students in Denver.

Colorado has one of the largest postsecondary attainment gaps in the country. By 2020, 74 percent of jobs in Colorado will require a postsecondary education. Low-income, minority and first generation students are especially at risk of being left out of the benefits of the state’s growing economy. Educational attainment for these students matters to the social, economic and civic health of our families, communities and state.

To address Colorado’s attainment gap, DEAN will develop an understanding of data, data systems and opportunities for improved data sharing to align our partners’ efforts toward a common goal.

DEAN uses the term “college” to refer to postsecondary attainment of any type of credential beyond high school, including technical and non-technical certificates and 2-year and 4-year degrees.

By 2020, 74% of jobs in Colorado will require a postsecondary education.

To increase college attainment for students in Denver, DEAN will develop an understanding of data, data systems and improved data sharing to align our partners’ efforts toward a common goal.

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Our Goal: Increase post-secondary attainment for students

Increase college attainment for students and graduates of Denver Public Schools (DPS) through collective impact strategies that enable meaningful college and career opportunities for all.

Increase college enrollment by 14%

+ 14% COLLEGE ENROLLMENT

Increase college enrollment of students from Denver Public Schools (DPS) to 60 percent compared to 46 percent baseline in 2014-2015 (by 2025)

Increase Auraria Campus completion rates by 9%

+ 9% AURARIA CAMPUS COMPLETION RATES

15 percent of DPS graduates on the Auraria Campus will earn a certificate, associate’s degree or baccalaureate degree within four years compared to 6 percent baseline in 2014-2015 (4-year goal)

Increase Emily Griffith Technical College completion rates by 6%

+ 6% EMILY GRIFFITH TECHNICAL COLLEGE COMPLETION RATES

50 percent of DPS students who enroll in an Emily Griffith Technical College certificate program will earn a certificate compared to 44 percent baseline in 2014-2015 (4-year goal)

Increase Denver Public Schools persistence rates at Auraria Campus by 5%

+ 5% DPS PERSISTENCE AT THE AURARIA CAMPUS

69 percent of DPS graduates at the Auraria Campus will persist from year-one to year-two compared to 64 percent baseline in 2014-2015 (3-year goal)

Why: A largely low-income district with the highest minority demographic groups negatively impact attainment gap

Denver Public Schools is the fastest-growing urban school district in the country with over 91,000 students, a largely low-income district with 68.5 percent of students qualifying for free and reduced price lunch and the largest school district in Colorado.

The district’s largest minority demographic groups are the two most negatively impacted by Colorado’s attainment gap – Latinos (56 percent) and African-American students (14 percent).

How: DEAN's partnerships develop a persistence and completion strategy to serve students

By collaboratively serving students in DPS, and more specifically, low-income, first-generation and minority students, DEAN is working to improve student outcomes.

DEAN partners with Denver Public Schools, the Auraria Campus (Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver), Emily Griffith Technical College, the City and County of Denver as well as non-profit and corporate partners, to develop a persistence and completion strategy to serve our most vulnerable students.