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White, Michelle; Newell, Mallory – RP Group, 2022
In Assembly Bill (AB) 705, assessment and placement practices in California Community Colleges (CCC) should maximize the probability that students who enter credit-bearing English as a second language (ESL) course sequences complete degree and transfer requirements in English within three years. The three-year timeframe begins when a student…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Community Colleges
Trimble, Brad – RP Group, 2022
In 2021, the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (the RP Group) conducted a survey of institutional research, planning, and effectiveness (IRPE) offices in the California Community Colleges (CCC) system. The purpose of this survey was to: (1) Identify key research and planning priorities and activities of the IRPE…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Community Colleges, Institutional Evaluation, Educational Planning
RP Group, 2022
With the implementation of AB 705 in fall 2019, California Community Colleges began to transition to a majority of students' first English and math enrollment starting at transfer level. Research has shown that with the vast increase in access to transfer-level courses, the one-year completion rate of a transfer-level course (i.e., throughput)…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Mathematics, Transitional Programs, Student Placement
RP Group, 2022
This research brief highlights throughput rates for students enrolled in Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) by disability type. Findings show that throughput rates increased for every disability type from 2015-16 to 2019-20 in both English and mathematics. Evidence supports that AB 705 has resulted in improved outcomes for students…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Outcomes of Education, Student Placement, Community Colleges
Reyes, Marcela; Willett, Terrence; Brohawn, Katie; Nguyen, Alyssa – RP Group, 2022
The California Community Colleges (CCC) launched Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) after the passage of SB164 (1969). Colleges leverage their EOPS funding to offer academic, career, and personal counseling; financial resources; and services "over and above" traditional campus supports. This latest research builds on the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Disadvantaged
Fagioli, Loris; Newell, Mallory – RP Group, 2022
Implementation of AB 705 in fall 2019 required California community colleges to use high school grade point average (HSGPA) as the main measure of placement and maximize the likelihood of students being placed into transfer-level English and math courses. Since that time, research has shown that with the vast increase in access to transfer-level…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Community Colleges, High School Students, Grade Point Average
Sosa, Giovanni – RP Group, 2022
The first step to addressing equity gaps is to identify them. How can community colleges determine, with some degree of certainty, whether one or more student groups on a campus is in need of assistance in order to succeed? This paper tackles this question by delving into the three methods typically used to identify equity gaps, comparing and…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Community College Students, Disproportionate Representation, Data Analysis
Valenzuela, Ireri; Nguyen, Alyssa – RP Group, 2021
While data on enrollment, performance, persistence, and completion can offer directional information about access and success for different student groups, they do not provide the "why" behind these measures. Asking students directly about their experiences at the institution can help with a more comprehensive understanding of how to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Focus Groups, Educational Change
Hayward, Craig – RP Group, 2021
In this paper the author investigates how the one-year math throughput rate of community college students varies according to the highest level of math completed in high school, with a particular focus on the implications of successfully completing Algebra 2 while in high school. Community college math throughput rates for students with different…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Two Year College Students, Algebra, Community Colleges
Brohawn, Katie; Cooper, Darla; Karandjeff, Kelley; Nguyen, Alyssa; White, Michelle – RP Group, 2021
Over the past five years, the RP Group's "Through the Gate" transfer study has developed a deeper understanding of how California Community College (CCC) students experience transfer pathways. Specifically, the study focused on increasing transfer for "high-leverage" students: those who had completed all or most of the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges
RP Group, 2021
In a spring 2021 survey of California Community College students exploring the impact of COVID-19 on their transfer journey, the RP Group identified colleges where students felt highly satisfied with the transfer support and communication they were receiving during the pandemic. To better understand what these community colleges were doing to…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Transfer Programs, Transfer Policy, Community Colleges
Brohawn, Katie; Newell, Mallory; Fagioli, Loris – RP Group, 2021
Colleges across the California Community College (CCC) system have been preparing for changes to their assessment and placement processes associated with the required implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 705. While many initiatives were already underway to increase students' completion of their education, including Guided Pathways and the Student…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
White, Michelle; Morris, Terra; Newell, Mallory; Hayward, Craig – RP Group, 2021
As of fall 2019, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office required all California community colleges (CCC) to be in compliance with Assembly Bill 705 (AB 705). CCC were required to implement multiple measures placement policies for math and English that would maximize the likelihood that students with an educational goal of degree or…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, State Legislation, Educational Legislation, Student Placement
Rassen, Elisa; White, Michelle; Newell, Mallory; Rodriguez-Kiino, Diane – RP Group, 2021
With the recent implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 705, assessment and placement practices for math and English have taken center stage in many California Community Colleges. However, it is just as important to develop an understanding of how best to assess and place English language learner (ELL) students as well. In February 2019, the Research…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
Nguyen, Alyssa; Molloy, Kathy; White, Michelle; Nguyen, Vinh – RP Group, 2020
Meta-majors refer to the creation of broad program pathways or areas of interest, such as "Allied Health or Business." They are key components of the Guided Pathways efforts that provide students with a more structured and integrated academic experience. There are several different approaches (e.g., sorting exercises) colleges can use to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Majors (Students), Data Use, Identification
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