Improving our students success in achieving their academic goals is our primary focus. There are discussions happening at the college level and state level about what is meant by "student success", how we measure it (is it just course completion and retention rates?), how we increase our success rates while maintaining high academic standards, how we increase student engagement so that they'll be motivated to succeed, what resources we need to create or improve to increase student success, how to link those resources to the students who need them, and more! The resources on this page include the statewide efforts and the campuswide efforts.
Short note from the California Community College chancellor, Jack Scott about the task force's draft of recommendations that will affect us all (they determine state funding priorities!):
As you know, the California Community College Board of Governor’s Student Success Task Force has been working diligently for the past nine months examining how to improve student success at the community colleges. Attached you will find a set of draft recommendations that will be circulated widely for public input and will be posted on our website (www.cccco.edu/studentsuccess). I invite you to review these recommendations and look forward to having a robust discussion with you in the coming weeks and months. Feel free to forward the draft recommendations to anyone who is interested in the work of the Student Success Task Force.
As announced on Opening Day, The Assessment Committee went through the Assessment Plans for each department last year, looking for themes. One stood out: Lack of Student Engagement. The executive summary of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement taken in Spring 2011 corroborates this.
To tackle this issue, the Assessment Committee is sponsoring Think Tanks for faculty, staff and administrators to discuss and research “Un-engaged Students” with the goal of having an activity or ideas for intervention in the spring. This is a hot topic around the state, with a great deal of research on the issue already.
Extensive research has identified good educational practices that are directly related to retention and other desired student outcomes. The Community College Student Report, CCSSE’s survey instrument, builds on this research and asks students about their college experiences — how they spend their time; what they feel they have gained from their classes; how they assess their relationships and interactions with faculty, counselors, and peers; what kinds of work they are challenged to do; how the college supports their learning; and so on.
This page was last updated: February 13, 2012
Contact for this page: Nick Strobel