Reports and Briefs

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.

Destination Integration: Strategies to Improve Academic Advising

Destination Integration: Strategies to Improve Academic Advising

Many campuses across the California State University (CSU) system are seeking to improve academic advising as part of their efforts to increase student progress and graduation rates. In this exploratory study of efforts to improve academic advising at five CSU campuses, researchers at the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) working on behalf of the CSU Student Success Network identified a focus across the participating campuses on better coordinating advising services across colleges, divisions, and departments and improving their integration with other campus units, such as tutoring, career centers, and financial aid. Through their efforts, these campuses seek to better leverage their limited advising resources to improve student outcomes. This report, based on in-depth interviews with 36 administrators involved in improving advising, describes the campuses’ efforts and the context in which they are occurring.

A Hunger for Information: California’s Options to Meet its Statewide Education Data Needs

This brief is the final in a four-part series examining California’s approach to gathering and sharing longitudinal data about students’ progress through the state’s education systems.

“Get Me from point A to Point B:” Student Perspectives on Barriers to Timely Graduation at the California State University

Nearly all students enter the California State University system intending to graduate “on time,” and graduation rates are increasing systemwide. Currently, less than a quarter of incoming freshmen graduate within four years and a third of community college transfer students graduate in two years. This study investigates the personal and institutional obstacles that students experience as they navigate through college on the pathway to timely graduation.

Scaling Goodwill: The Challenges of Implementing Robust Education Data Sharing Through Regional Partnerships

This brief is the third in a four-part series examining California’s approach to gathering and sharing longitudinal data about students’ progress through the state’s education systems.

Searching for Measures of College and Career Readiness: the Perspectives of Students, Teachers, Administrators and State and County Officials

This report finds that students, teachers and local administrators embrace California’s commitment to college and career readiness (CCR), but have deep concerns about implementation.

From Scatterplot to Roadmap: New Efforts to Improve Student Success in the California State University

This report aims to provide campus and system leaders with a scan of the current state of reform within the CSU, together with contextual insight into the obstacles and possibilities for broader scale adoption of coordinated, systemic change.

California’s Maze of Student Information: Education Data Systems Leave Critical Questions Unanswered

This brief is the second in a series that is examining California’s approach to gathering and sharing longitudinal data about students’ progress through state’s education systems.

Trial and Error: California Students Make the Best of an Improving Yet Complex Transfer Process

Trial and Error: California Students Make the Best of an Improving Yet Complex Transfer Process

This report examines the policies and practices that support student transfer from the California Community Colleges to the California State University through perspectives of students, administrators, and staff.

Gaps in Perspective: Who Should Be Responsible for Tracking Student Progress Across Education Institutions?

This brief is the first in a series that will explore California’s approach to tracking, sharing, and using longitudinal data about student progress throughout the state’s education systems.

Supporting High School Teachers’ College and Career Readiness Efforts: Bridging California’s Vision with Local Implementation Needs

Supporting High School Teachers' College and Career Readiness Efforts: Bridging California's Vision with Local Implementation Needs

This brief shares the perspectives and concerns of high school teachers in two districts regarding implementing the Common Core State Standards, specifically as the Common Core pertains to preparing more students for college and well-paying careers. The brief also makes state policy recommendations for ways to support teachers in their efforts to increase students’ college and career readiness, including through fostering alignment between K-12 and postsecondary and workforce partners.