Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Institutional Researchers and Planners

Are you a Researcher or Planner helping to shape our California community colleges and improve student success? Check back soon for projects, publications, and resources aimed at helping you stay informed and grow in your field!

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Research and Planning Toolkit

Communication & Data Coaching Resources

Information on ways to present data and engage practitioners in conversations about the meaning and implications of research findings.

Communicating Research Findings 
Mar 1, 2007  |  By: John Evans, San Joaquin Delta College
Tips for presenting research and maximizing its use.

How to Use the Power of Effective Communication & Results 
Jul 16, 2009  |  By: Greg Stoup, Canada College & Rob Johnstone, Skyline College
Using communications and cognitive theory, this presentation spells out how to present research results so that they are more understandable.

IR Reference Documents

Web links and definitions for researchers.

Taking Research from the Basics to the Next Level: Research Methods and Design in Context for IR Offices 
Jul 6, 2009  | Dr. Darla M. Cooper, RP Group, Keith Wurtz & Giovanni Sosa, Chaffey College
PowerPoint slides addressing research capacity, basic and advanced research methods, designs, and statistical techniques; the importance of relationship building and how IR can contribute to fostering evidence-based culture on campus.

Institutional Research Operational Definitions 
Feb 5, 2011  |  The RP Group
Common definitions have been established by the RP Group so that meaning is added to data analyzed consistently over time. The definitions were adopted by the RP Group, after consultation by California researchers. 

Enrollment Management: Strategies, Tips, and Techniques 
Jul 16, 2009  | Ken Meehan, Fullerton College & Jim Fillpot, Chaffey College
Overview of enrollment strategies including research on specific groups, the student flow approach, establishing FTES targets, collecting needed information, and assessing physical usage.

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Reports
May 1, 2010  | California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
Recent research reports and papers from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

California and Regional Institutional Research Web Links 
Mar 16, 2010  | The RP Group
Statewide and regional resources useful to research and planning offices of California community colleges.

Accreditation and the Role of Institutional Researcher 
Jul 16, 2009  | Jim Fillpot, Chaffey College & Dr. Ken Meehan, Fullerton College
Overview of accreditation responsibilities, standards, history, and the self-study process.

Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges 
Jul 16, 2009  | Ken Meehan, Fullerton College & Jim Fillpot, Chaffey College
Background on ARCC, its purpose, and staff and their responsibilities in compiling this annual report.

Managing Data Resources

Tips for SPSS coding and data mining.

Data Sources for IR in the California Community Colleges 
Jul 16, 2009  | Marc Beam, Kern Community College District
PowerPoint slides listing key data sources and where to find them, sorted by type.

Matriculation & Assessment Resources

Useful strategies for evaluating matriculation, including instructional resources and student resources.

Placement Test and Prerequisite Validation 
Jul 16, 2009  | Kenneth A. Meehan & Caroline Q. Sheldon
PowerPoint slides covering Important resource documents, matriculation assessment requirements, multiple measures, examples of validation studies, and prerequisite validation requirements.

Matriculation Evaluation: Student Resources 
Marty Dunlap, Butte College, Jon Kangas, San Jose Evergreen Community College District, Richard Rasor, American River College, Scot Spicer, Glendale Community College, William Threlfall, Chabot College
Comparing served/not served matriculated students, disproportionate impact and writing assessment, remedial placement, relationship between English placement levels and performance in U. S. History, registration rates as affected by implementation of matriculation, monitoring changes in student goals, and student satisfaction with matriculation.

Matriculation Evaluation: Instructional Resources 
Marty Dunlap, Butte College, Jon Kangas, San Jose Evergreen Community College District, Richard Rasor, American River College, Scot Spicer, Glendale Community College, William Threlfall, Chabot College
Determining faculty grading variation, identifying and incorporating multiple measures for placement, validating course prerequisites, research formats for follow-up activities, tracking student for matriculation evaluation.

Assessment Validation Project 
Marty Dunlap, Butte College; Jon Kangas, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District; Richard Rason, American River College; Scot Spicer, Glendale Community College; and William Threlfall, Chabot College
This document contains detailed instructions and designs to evaluate the validity, fairness, disproportionate impact, content validity, and evaluation of placement results of assessment tests in relationship to their corresponding reading, writing, mathematics, and ESL courses.

Enrollment Forecasting

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) relies on annual forecasts of Weekly Student Contact Hours (WSCH) in order to estimate the future facilities needs of the 72 California Community College (CCC) districts and determined that it would be beneficial to explore new methods of arriving at WSCH forecasts and asked the RP Group to investigate opportunities for improving these forecasts.

2011 Weekly Student Contact Hours Report


Multiple Measures Assessment Project 

California Community College Research Capacity

2005-2006 IR Capacity Study 
Documentation of the status of evidence-based decision-making in the California community college system and suggestions for managing the process of gathering, analyzing, and utilizing information.