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Beyond graduation rates: Conceptualizing liberatory educational outcomes for colleges and universities

Garcia, Gina (2022) Beyond graduation rates: Conceptualizing liberatory educational outcomes for colleges and universities. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2022.

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Colleges and universities in the United States are expected to deliver “normative academic outcomes” which are those that are acceptable and desirable to the general public. This includes accessibility, affordability, and degree attainment. They are also accountable for delivering “neoliberal outcomes” such as upward mobility, life-long learning, and workforce development. Yet postsecondary institutions have historically delivered these normative and neoliberal outcomes inequitably for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Pacific Islander students. While colleges and universities must figure out how to deliver normative and neoliberal outcomes more equitably for students of color, there is also a need to explore other ways that they serve racially minoritized students. The purpose of this project is to conceptualize and assess liberatory educational outcomes, which are grounded in Paulo Freire’s approach to education as a means to freedom and liberation for the oppressed. Liberatory educational outcomes are measurable and include concepts such as critical consciousness, racial-ethnic-identity development, political engagement, and social agency. This study is guided by the research question, “How do educators conceptualize, enact, and assess liberatory educational outcomes within higher education?” Methods include in-depth interviews, artifact analysis, and participatory methods in collaboration with researchers, educators, and policy intermediaries. The project has implications for postsecondary research, practice, and policy.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Garcia, Ginaggarcia@pitt.edu0000-0002-6706-9200
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2022
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2022
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/g5yw-p605
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Learning Sciences and Policy
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seeding Grants - Social Sciences, which includes Business, Policy, Law, Education, Informatics, and Social Work
Other ID: 5020
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 20:07
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 21:28


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