ERIC Number: ED499267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Accountability Framework Goal: Student Success. How Are California's Public College Students Doing? Commission Report 07-07
California Postsecondary Education Commission
Students at California's public colleges are doing about as well or better than students at similar institutions nationally, but there is significant need to improve success. Based on the five accountability framework reports presented to the California Postsecondary Education Commission for measuring student success, this report assesses major findings and options for improving outcomes. Areas needing attention include: (1) A "four-year" college degree now takes five or six years for most full-time freshmen enrolling directly from high schools into California's public universities; (2) Most students take more than two years to earn baccalaureate degrees after transferring to public universities from community colleges; (3) Less than a third of the community college students studied by the Commission earned an AA degree, a vocational certificate or transferred to a UC or CSU campus; (4) Latino and African-American students, particularly males, are experiencing lower graduation rates; and (5) Part-time students are struggling--they are less likely to earn degrees and pay more for college than other students. The kinds of programs that need expanding or strengthening include: (1) Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) and student support services that assist students to overcome the full spectrum of educational, emotional, social and financial barriers to success; (2) Programs that reduce the financial burden on students and their families; and (3) Better connections between postsecondary education pathways for community college transfer students are also needed.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, State Surveys, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Research Reports, Achievement Rating, Public Colleges, Planning Commissions
California Postsecondary Education Commission. 770 L Street Suite 1160, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-322-9268; Fax: 916-327-4417; e-mail: Publication_Request@cpec.ca.gov; Web site: http://www.cpec.ca.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California