Cultural Competence

Cultural Competence

Definition of Cultural Competence

Cultural competence is an ongoing process of increasing proficiency in the ability to assess and revise individual and organizational behavior in response to an expanded understanding of culture. Culture refers to an integrated pattern of collective behavior, including habits, customs, values, beliefs, and institutions. Cultural competence is associated with attributes, knowledge and skills that enable individuals and organizations to demonstrate respect and value for each person and to manifest an understanding of the dynamics of difference.

Cosumnes River College pursues attitudes, values, and practices that promote healthy, constructive interactions in a diverse community and enable the college to work effectively with our diverse students. To promote cultural competence and create an inclusive learning environment, CRC values:

  1. Diversity and pluralism
  2. Continuous personal and professional development, assessment and revision
  3. Awareness of the dynamics of cross-cultural interactions
  4. The ongoing pursuit of teaching strategies and student services that better serve diverse populations
  5. An environment of respect, equity, and justice

Snapshots of Student Demographics (Fall 2015 Census)

  • Enrollment at CRC was approximately 14,650 students.
  • CRC served a diverse community including many students of mixed heritage. The heritages of our student population included: 25% Hispanic/Latino(a), 24.2% White, 23.5% Asian, 12.5% African American, 6.3% Multi-race, 4.7% Filipino, 1.9% Pacific Islander, 1% Unknown, .5% Other and 0.4% Native American.
  • CRC served the younger as well as the older student with slightly less than 61% of the student population under the age of 25 and 11.3% over the age of 39.
  • The ratio of female students to male students was approximately 55% female and 44% male.
  • Almost 35% of CRC students were first-generation college students.
  • CRC students came from varied socioeconomic backgrounds with 37% of students reporting incomes considered below poverty and slightly more than 28% of students reporting incomes that are considered middle income.
  • According to survey data, approximately 15% of CRC students do not identify themselves as heterosexual.
  • Slightly more than 51% of CRC students attended classes only during the day only and 16% attended classes only at night. Almost 22% of students took classes during the day and evening and more than 11% of our enrollments were in online classes.
  • Most students attended part-time with approximately 25% taking fewer than 6 units and 42.5% enrolled in 6 to 11.9 units.
  • Approximately 5% of CRC students received services through the Disabled Students Program.