ERIC Number: ED395643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-25
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Institutional Effectiveness Analysis and Student Goal Attainment in the Community College.
Meyer, Marilyn Wertheimer
In an effort to effect institutional change through an analysis of institutional effectiveness, California's Fresno City College (FCC) undertook a 3-year project to examine student success. In order to determine appropriate measures of and methodologies for improving student success, a Student Success Task was established, developing 13 core indicators and ranking them in terms of importance. To gain support for the process from the campus community, the Task Force then implemented several non-controversial changes, including a reserve section of textbooks in the library, a fall orientation program for new students, and a newsletter on student success. In the project, attainment of educational goals was determined to be the most crucial indicator, as well as one of the most difficult to measure and track. The college required more than an entire academic year to develop a system for capturing student goal information and to modify district computer software to maintain that information. As a result, however, college applications and semester registration forms now provide 13 goal categories from which students can choose. Using this new approach, FCC implemented a longitudinal study of all new students entering in fall 1992. Preliminary results indicate that retention at the end of 2 years was 53.97% for students intending to earn an associate degree and 55% for those intending to transfer, that 15.8% of the students earned degrees in 3 years, and that 26.1% were continuing students after 3 years. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Fresno City College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Summer Institute of the Consortium for Community College Development (8th, Charleston, SC, June 23-26, 1996).