Dr. Darla Cooper
Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Darla M. Cooper, Director of Research and Evaluation for RP Group, has worked in the California community college system for over 15 years, having previously held institutional research director positions at Santa Barbara City College, Oxnard College, and Ohlone College.
Dr. Cooper has extensive experience serving as an external evaluator for several federal and private foundation grants and leading Student Support (Re)defined, a research project that examined what supports student success. In addition, she has worked on projects including the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Bridging Research Information and Culture (BRIC), Student Transfer in Professional Pathways Project, and the Accreditation Study.
Dr. Cooper also has direct experience assisting students to achieve their educational goals in her previous work at the University of Southern California as a director of research and information, student services counselor, and ombudsperson. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and an M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.
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