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Equity and Racial Equity Resources

CLNA Through the Lens of Racial Equity

The Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) process offers you and your stakeholders an opportunity to examine the success of career and technical education (CTE) programs through both equity and the lens of racial equity. In collaboration with the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), we developed an equity-centered, comprehensive local-needs assessment, which includes seven specific sections with links to recommended resources to assist your campus in the CLNA process.  

Additionally, given the race-neutral language of the Perkins V law, we incorporated resources that are specific to racial equity, which community colleges will find useful.

Progress Toward Improving Access and Equity
Student Performance Data
Recruitment, Retention, and Training of CTE Faculty and Staff

This section will assist with evaluating current and future recruitment, retention, and professional development needs with both an equity and culturally responsive lens.

Resources to Help

Stakeholder Participation

This portion of the process requires listing the stakeholders who participated in the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment process. Acquire information such as their title, organization, and how they are involved in the CLNA process.

Resources to Help

Labor Market Alignment
Program Size, Scope, and Quality as Defined by the Illinois State Plan for Perkins V

This section asks participants to refer to the state definitions of size, scope, and quality and assess whether the number of programs of study and courses being offered meet the needs of student populations.

Resources to Help

Progress Toward Implementing CTE Programs of Study

This area helps participants determine whether and how, according to the Perkins V law, programs of study at the postsecondary level are a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content.

Resources to Help

Other Resources