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IEPI: Institutional Effectiveness and Technical Assistance

RFA No.14-0047

Institutional Effectiveness and Technical Assistance (pdf)

Granted District:

Santa Clarita Community College District/ College of the Canyons


The Student Success Task Force launched a new era for the California community colleges in which a much greater focus is being placed on student success and completion, institutional effectiveness, and measuring results. Over the past two years, the Board of Governors (BOG) and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) have implemented numerous state-level policies to support improved student success. Key accomplishments include: 1) requiring students to declare a program of study; 2) establishing system-wide enrollment priorities; 3) refocusing student support services under the Student Success and Support Program; and 4) implementing the Student Success Scorecard. With the support of the Governor and Legislature, additional resources have been invested, allowing colleges to improve and expand orientation, counseling, educational planning, and other activities shown to help students succeed in greater numbers and close achievement gaps. State investments are also supporting the creation and implementation of improved assessment instruments as well as technological tools to facilitate education planning. These significant steps, all part of the Student Success Task Force agenda, represent a transformation of the California community colleges to better focus on helping our students identify and achieve their educational goals.

Expanded Technical Assistance to Support Student Success

• As the California Community College System moves forward with full implementation of the Student Success Initiative, there is a tremendous need to support the dissemination and implementation of effective practices across the system. Our colleges face a broad variety of local circumstances, challenges, and opportunities. In addition, across the state, the colleges reflect a broad range of institutional capacity: Some are well along their way to implementation of effective practices, and some are struggling to progress. Building a robust technical assistance infrastructure to disseminate effective practices, promote college-level student success reforms, and assist struggling colleges will spur further improvement in student outcomes, including graduation and transfer rates.

• Technical assistance will be designed to meet the specific needs of districts or colleges, but will include activities such as: analysis of student learning outcomes and other performance indicators; site visits by experienced practitioners resulting in findings and recommendations intended to improve local practice; consultation and planning assistance; and professional development. As part of the technical assistance process, districts and colleges will be required to complete and submit self-studies and/or improvement plans.

• Assistance will be available to all colleges, but colleges demonstrating poor performance will be targeted for more intensive assistance. Technical assistance will always be coordinated through the district, even if the eventual focus of the assistance is at a college campus. Districts and colleges with a history of underperformance will be subject to more intensive assistance and intervention. The BOG will establish policies and guidelines for such intervention.