CCEAL was formerly known as the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a national research and practice center that partnered with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for men of color. Founded by Dr. Frank Harris and Dr. Luke Wood, M2C3 partnered with community colleges across the nation and developed rigorously validated tools for assessing institutional efforts and outcomes relevant to men of color. These instruments include the Community College Survey of Men (CCSM), Community College Student Success Inventory (CCSSI), Community College Insights Protocol (CCIP), Male Program Assessment for College Excellence (M-PACE), and the Community College Instructional Development Inventory (CC-IDI). The CCSM and CC-IDI are still offered as part of CCEAL’s core service offering.
M2C3 also housed the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC), which supported postsecondary institutions in building the capacity necessary to advance outcomes for college men of color by providing resources, and hosting trainings and information-sharing sessions. The NCCMC had more than 70 member colleges and was supported by the following affiliate partners: Achieving the Dream, the African American Male Education Network and Development, American College Personnel Association, The Association of Community College Trustees, The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, The Community College League of California, and the League for Innovation in the Community College.
NCCMC efforts prioritized historically underserved men in postsecondary education. As a result, intensive focus was given to African-American, Latino, Southeast Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander men. M2C3 later became the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL). CCEAL’s work continues to address the needs of young men of color, but has also been applied more broadly to historically underrepresented and underserved students in community colleges.