Infographics developed for the series California Education Policy, Student Data and the Quest to Improve Student Progress comparing the difference between a California’s existing student data framework and a centralized data warehouse model.
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California Education Policy, Student Data, and the Quest to Improve Student Progress
California Education Policy, Student Data and the Quest to Improve Student Progress examines California’s approach to gathering and sharing data on student progress through the public education system. The four reports in the series look into the perspectives of state and local leaders with regard to the responsibility for gathering and sharing statewide educational data across systems.
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.
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
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.
Roles for County Offices of Education to Support College and Career Readiness: Bridging California’s Vision with Local Implementation Needs
This brief focuses on the potential role of County Offices of Education (COEs) in bridging the state’s vision for college and career readiness with the implementation needs of local districts and schools. After summarizing the work of 10 COEs that are known for supporting districts in increasing college and career readiness, the brief raises questions and outlines concerns in this area for COEs across the state.
From Community College to University: Expectations for California’s New Transfer Degrees
This report, written by IHELP for the Public Policy Institute of California, analyzes the progress of the California Community Colleges’ “associate degrees for transfer” that were created as a result of state-enacted legislation in 2010. The degrees are designed to facilitate community college students’ admission to the California State University system and ease completion of a bachelor’s degree. The report finds the reform is leading to the development of clearer transfer pathways for students, although challenges remain, and offers recommendations for improving the implementation effort. Click here for the technical appendix.
Student Flow Analysis: CSU Student Progress Toward Graduation
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.
Beyond the Open Door: Increasing Student Success in the California Community Colleges
This report provides detailed analyses of factors related to student success, connects those factors to state and institutional policies, and offers recommendations for policy reforms. It includes a qualitative analysis of the California Community Colleges’ assessment and placement process.
On the Durability of The Master Plan in the 21st Century, or “If it’s breaking, why isn’t anyone fixing it?”
This article analyzes the reasons why the Master Plan, adopted in 1960, has largely resisted attempts at revision in spite of numerous calls for some substantive changes.
Envisioning a State of Learning: Conference Summary and Observations on the California Master Plan for Higher Education
These Proceedings of the 14th annual Envisioning California Conference were edited by IHELP Director Nancy Shulock, and includes her chapter summarizing lessons of the conference.
Capacity Constraints in California’s Public Universities: A Factor Impeding Transfer?
This report examines the issue of capacity constraints in California’s public universities, and whether limited capacity is a factor impeding the success of the community college transfer function.
An Accountability Framework for California Higher Education: Information Public Policy and Improving Outcomes
This report responded to a request by the state Senate to begin developing an accountability system for higher education to measure progress toward definable state policy goals. The report formed the foundation for legislative efforts to establish a state accountability system.
California Community Colleges’ Leadership Challenge: A View From the Field
This report discusses the growing leadership challenge in the California Community Colleges, based on interviews with current administrators, trustees, and faculty leaders.