It is our commitment to make the knowledge we develop accessible to all who can use it to advance student success. The following reports are available to read and share.


September 2009 | Nancy Shulock

This report is an excerpt of a report to the California State University done as part of its one-year planning grant from the Lumina Foundation’s Making Opportunity Affordable project. The report studies the 23-campus system’s efforts to improve graduation rates, analyzes systemwide data on student progress toward degrees, and makes recommendations for future steps. 


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August 2009 | Dr. Ted Lascher

This research brief by Dr. Ted Lascher, Sacramento State Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, is a summary of a critical review of the literature about retaining Latino and non-Latino college students. The brief highlights those findings that are best supported by earlier studies, emphasizes where further research is needed and offers recommendations.


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August 2009 | Colleen Moore, Nancy Shulock, and Cristy Jensen

This report tackles the difficult challenge of making transfer more comprehensible and less frustrating for California’s community college students. The study examines transfer policies of eight states, identifies some key dimensions of emerging policies, and offers recommendations for more student-centered transfer policies that would increase transfer success.


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August 2009 | Jeremy Offenstein and Nancy Shulock

This report analyzes the value and effectiveness of the IPEDS system for understanding student outcomes in community colleges. The report discusses the system’s shortcomings including the limitation of the graduation rate data to full-time students, the difficulty in discerning student intent in order to report on the appropriate outcomes, and the limitations for using the data to make comparisons across colleges. Recommendations are made for improving the data collected and for better use of the data. 


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June 2009 | Jeremy Offenstein and Nancy Shulock

This report draws attention to California’s looming shortage of educated workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as the demand for such workers increases and the state is producing too few graduates to meet the demand. The report offers recommendations to meet workforce needs and maintain the economic benefits  that have resulted from the state’s historical strength in STEM employment.


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