Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The RP Group

Completed Projects

Framework outlining an approach for annually evaluating  community college performance, which became the basis of Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC).


Research study focusing on (1) who participates, persists, completes, and succeeds in the online setting and (2) what makes these online approaches work for students and faculty.


Report with literature review identifying effective practices in basic skills, an institutional self-assessment, and an electronic tool to calculate return on investment.


Toolkit featuring a literature review, a framework of strategies, and an institutional self assessment designed to assist two- and four-year institutions in strengthening financial stability and closing attainment gaps for low-income students.


Strengthened cultures of inquiry and evidence in the California Community College system through a combination of onsite technical assistance, statewide professional development, and online resources.


Facilitation of a series of student focus groups and sharing findings at a practitioner convening to understand the educational experiences of student populations identified in Cabrillo College’s equity efforts.


Evaluation of the effects of curricular redesign on the progress of students who placed into the remedial English and math sequence at 16 California Community Colleges.


  • Quantitative analysis of the impact of GE courses incorporating high-impact practices at the community college level on student performance, and guidance on, and dissemination of, the final report.


Series of four inquiry guides documenting approaches and insights emerging from the Completion by Design initiative, focused on developing guided pathways to improve student completion and success.


Instructional strategy and multifaceted resource for practitioners — particularly CTE, math, English, and ESL instructional and counseling faculty — for teaching basic skills in a context that is meaningful and relevant to students' lives.


Online toolkit offering a suite of resources to assist secondary and community college partners in launching or strengthening dual enrollment programs.


Report on effective practices for the successful transition of students from high school to college entry as documented in research-based literature.


Research brief that identifies the skills and competencies needed to effectively use LMI resources and assist practitioners in gathering local LMI.


Research on methods for improving weekly student contact hours forecasts for the CCCCO.


Overview documents that outline internal and external trends shaping the system’s future as part of the statewide strategic planning process for California Community Colleges.


Study on the effectiveness of the EOPS program in serving students with economic and/or social disadvantages.


Findings that assist in optimizing the accreditation process for true quality improvement.


Awards program recognizing seven California Community Colleges that demonstrated success with basic skills populations through strategies that support systemic improvement.


Facilitation and dissemination of practitioner-informed recommendations for changes at the system and classroom levels, looking at the question of completion through the lens of course-taking behavior, based on a study by University of Michigan’s Peter Riley Bahr.


Assessment of the Metro model collaboratively designed and implemented by City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) faculty to examine the question of how and if colleges could restructure pathways to transfer and completion in order to improve student outcomes and reduce costs.


Research conducted on prior learning assessment and competency-based education through a partnership between the RP Group, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and the Moran Technology Group.


Literature review identifying a set of 18 promising practices that enable the successful transition of students from adult education to postsecondary education.


Study and findings that resulted in the foundation for the creation of the Community College Pathways for Foster Youth (CCP), a million dollar initiative funded by The Walter S. Johnson Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to assist campus programs in improving college and career outcomes for former foster youth at 10 California Community Colleges.


Evaluation assessing the effectiveness of San Jose State University’s faculty advisory pilot program.


Defining study on how community colleges can feasibly deliver support both inside and outside the classroom to improve success for all students, with a focus on African-American and Latino learners.


Study piloting and evaluating the utility of high school transcript data in predicting students' abilities to pass college-level English and/or math coursework.


 Multi-year, comprehensive study focused on helping California Community Colleges grow their capacity to utilize high school transcript data to improve the assignment of recent high school graduates to English and math coursework.

 


Most comprehensive study of community college to four-year transfers in California of its time — resulting in increased understanding of the full spectrum of factors, interventions, strategies, and practices that have a positive impact on transfer.