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April 2013
What's Happening

New Mission Statement – We at IHELP have modified our mission statement to more accurately reflect our attention to, and expertise in, issues of college and career readiness. Click here to view the new statement on our webpage.

WICHE Alliance Annual Conference – IHELP Associate Director Andrea Venezia gave a presentation at the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders annual conference on April 3 in San Francisco. The theme of the conference was "Community College Readiness, Completion, and Success…on Whose Terms?" Andrea discussed her recent research on student success – WestEd’s three-part Game Changers Series – "Providing Structured Pathways to Guide Students Toward Completion," "Acceleration in Developmental Education," and "Integrating Student Supports and Academics."

SanFACC Keynote Speaker – IHELP Director Nancy Shulock was the keynote speaker at the San Gabriel/Foothill Association of Community Colleges’ Spring Dinner Meeting on April 4. Nancy spoke on “Student Success in the California Community Colleges: Performance, Policy and Practice.” Click here to view her presentation.

CAPPS Keynote Address – IHELP Faculty Associate Su Jin Jez gave a keynote address at the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools Legislative Conference on April 9 in Sacramento. Su Jin discussed her recent research on for-profit institutions and made recommendations to private postsecondary leaders regarding sharing and using data to analyze student success.  

PACE Seminars – IHELP Research Specialist Connie Tan attended two seminars of the Policy Analysis for California Education 2012-2013 series in Sacramento: “Making it Real: How High Schools Can Be Held Accountable for Developing Students' Career Readiness” and “Pathways to Postsecondary Success in California for Low-Income Youth.”

AACC Conference – Nancy Shulock and Andrea Venezia attended the American Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention in San Francisco on April 20-23. The theme of the conference was “Bridging to Excellence – Reimagining the Community College.”

Features This Month

Metrics, Dollars, and Systems Change – Learning From Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative to Design Effective Postsecondary Performance Funding Policies

This new brief, jointly produced by IHELP and the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University, examines the implementation of the Washington State Student Achievement Initiative (SAI), a policy adopted by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges that draws on intermediate measures of student progress to reward colleges for improvements in student achievement. Based on findings from a three-year evaluation, this brief offers lessons for leaders in states looking for ways to use funding to create incentives for student completion at community colleges. It offers recommendations for several design principles for an effective performance funding system including designing a useful and relevant system of performance metrics, linking performance to budgets through baseline funding, and fostering systemic institutional change through strategic communication and widespread engagement with institutional data.

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In Case You Missed It - Career Opportunities – Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda, Part IV: Aligning Policy with Mission for Better Outcomes

This IHELP report is the culmination of a four-part series on Career Technical Education in the California Community Colleges. The project, funded by The James Irvine Foundation, is aimed at identifying ways that state and system policy can best support the CTE mission so that colleges can be more effective in helping students earn credentials of value in the workplace and helping employers and industries in their regions obtain a skilled workforce. Based on a comprehensive analysis of potential barriers to more effective CTE, researchers offer a set of suggestions for policy changes intended as a resource for the community college system as it continues to work to improve student success.

View the report

Spotlight On

California Community College Student Success Scorecards

Earlier this month, the California Community Colleges released the Student Success Scorecard, a web-based accountability tool that measures student achievement and tracks student outcomes in attaining a certificate or degree or transfer. The Scorecard, a recommendation of the Student Success Task Force, expands on data already collected for the Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges and includes new performance metrics including “momentum points” or important milestones on the path to a certificate or degree. It details outcomes for all colleges and breaks down data by race, ethnicity, gender and age to help focus on performance gaps. It expands the definition of the “degree seeking” cohort so that data on a greater share of incoming students will now be available.  Click the links below for more information.

Student Success Scorecard

Video – CCC Chancellor Brice Harris on the Scorecard



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