DENVER EDUCATION ATTAINMENT NETWORKCLEAR 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.
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.
Denver Public Schools is among the fastest-growing urban school districts in the country with over 91,000 students, a largely low-income district with 67.3 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 – Latino (55.5 percent) and African-American students (13.4 percent).
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 an enrollment, persistence and completion strategy to serve our most vulnerable students.
Denver Direct Pathways – the Talent Hub Strategy
Denver is 1 of 17 regions across the country designated as a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation.
DEAN is leading the Denver Talent Hub strategy: Denver Direct Pathways. This collaborative effort by DEAN partners Denver Public Schools, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College and others will make a complex college system more easily navigable. By aligning and smoothing out education and training pathways, more students will complete college and gain access to good jobs, providing Denver and Colorado the work-ready talent needed to meet the demands of the 21st century.