Why Are California's Community Colleges Falling Short of Statewide Transfer Goals?
August 16, 2023 | AirTalk |
The RP Group's Executive Director, Dr. Darla Cooper, CalMatters's reporter, Adam Echelman, and Los Angeles Community College District's Vice Chancellor of Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Nicole Albo-Lopez, were interviewed on AirTalk with Larry Mantle. They discussed pathways to increase learning outcomes for students and how individual colleges and students are adapting to meet new transfer standards.
Many students choose work, caring for dependents over community college, survey finds
March 20, 2023 | EdSource |
Article highlighting the every day challenges that students are facing, often having to choose work, caring for dependents over community college. The focus was on the results of the Statewide College Attendance Survey, by the California Community Colleges in partnership with The RP Group, of more than 76,000 prospective and former students in the summer and fall of 2021.
Ready for a ‘real’ college experience, transfer students find their hopes dashed
November 9, 2020 | CalMatters |
The RP Group Executive Director, Dr. Darla Cooper quoted, and team research cited, in article discussing challenges transfer students experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
California Students Face Hurdles to Transfer Success
June 1, 2020 | Campus Technology |
The RP Group’s Through the Gate Transfer Study research discussed in article about the role California colleges and universities play in helping community college students transfer to four-year programs.
Why So Few Students Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Universities
June 1, 2020 | The Hechinger Report |
Article shares findings from transfer studies including The RP Group’s "Students Speak Their Truth About Transfer: What They Need to Get Through the Gate."
The Latest News on Student Transfer
July 1, 2020 | Interstate Passport |
Article discussing why many community college students do not transfer to four-year institutions cites The RP Group’s “Students Speak Their Truth About Transfer: What They Need to Get Through the Gate” report.
Student Voice: ‘I Never Imagined that I’d Attend a Four-Year College, Especially Not While Raising and Supporting a Son’
June 1, 2020 | The Hechinger Report |
Student essay from a single mother who recounts her journey from Crafton Hills College to UCLA noting that the four factors in The RP Group’s May 2020 transfer study report related to her journey.
Getting Students Through the Gate: New Study Focuses on How Higher Education Can Increase Transfer Success
May 21, 2020 | College Futures Foundation |
College Futures Foundations’ article discusses findings from The RP Group’s co-authored report, Students Speak Their Truth About Transfer: What They Need to Get Through the Gate.
Study Finds the Four Factors of Students’ Transfer Capacity
May 20, 2020 | The Renegade Rip |
Article discusses The RP Group’s transfer study student perspectives report and transfer webinar, sharing quotes from The RP Group team and student panelists.
Veteran Students at Vanguard University Oppose School’s Decision to Replace Veterans Center
February 28, 2020 | LA Times | Daily Pilot |
Article emphasizes that veteran centers at colleges provide veteran students with help they need while navigating college life and cites research conducted by The RP Group.
Testing in Place
January 16, 2020 | Language Magazine Improving Literacy and Communication |
The RP Group cited in Language Magazine's article arguing for keeping ESL placement tools as community colleges implement changes to comply with AB 705.
Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics: Proceedings of a Workshop
November 18, 2019 | The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine |
The RP Group cited in The National Academy of Sciences report discussing a workshop focused on education in mathematics. Participants explored research and data demonstrating successful approaches.
As California Law Looks to End Remedial Education, New Studies Show State’s Community Colleges Showing Uneven Progress in Adopting Math & English Reforms
October 9, 2019 | The 74 Million |
The RP Group’s early findings report included in The 74 Million article reporting that although more African-American and Latino students are passing transfer-level classes, more work is needed.
What Happens When Colleges Broaden Access to Transfer-Level Courses? Evidence from California Community Colleges
October 2019 | Public Policy Institute of California |
The RP Group AB 705 research and surveys referenced in PPIC’s October report discussing results of community colleges placing new students in transfer-level courses rather than remedial courses.
More California community college students entering, passing transfer-level math and English as result of landmark law
September 27, 2019 | EdSource |
The RP Group’s early findings on transfer-level math and English post-AB 705 are featured in this article, which reports on the implementation efforts and sentiments of colleges in California.
How Learning Across Systems Supports Middle Leadership
July 2019 | Student Success Network |
Article shares information from The RP Group’s The Power of Middle Leadership report, citing strategies for developing and supporting middle leaders.
The Reality of Meta Major and Program Mapping
June 2019 | Palomar College |
Palomar College shared takeaways from Meta Major webinar. Lessons learned include ASCCC/The RP Group joint ideas on meta major redevelopment in line with Guided Pathways.
Implementing Key Process Elements for a BI Strategic System: Lone Star College-Tomball
April 8, 2019 | Educause Review |
The RP Group’s “Building a Culture of Inquiry: Using a Cycle of Exploring Research and Data to Improve Student Success” was cited in this article focused on the effectiveness of business intelligence (BI) on community college decision-making.
Santa Rosa Junior College Scraps Math, English Placement Tests
January 18, 2019 | The Press Democrat |
The RP Group’s MMAP findings mentioned in article about Santa Rosa Junior College allowing more students to take transfer-level math and English courses.
California Community Colleges Urged to Plan Now for Fewer Students in Remedial Courses
August 20, 2018 | EdSource |
The RP Group’s MMAP findings and suggestion to provide students with additional support mentioned in article discussing California Community College’s plan to reduce enrollment in remedial classes.
“Multiple Paths Forward” cites The RP Group, Published in EdSource Newsletter
April 4, 2018 | EdSource Newsletter Spring 2018 |
The RP Group cited in WestEd Report “Multiple Paths Forward,” which was shared in EdSource email updates, daily for a period of more than 30 days in Spring 2018.
Dr. Matthew Wetstein Recommended for Cabrillo College Presidency
December 15, 2017 | Times Publishing Group Article |
Matthew Westein, The RP Group President from 2014-2016 will be “the next President/Superintendent of Cabrillo College, with a projected start date of February 1, 2018.”
New bill removes remedial classes by 2018
December 4, 2017 | The Connection Article |
MMAP, led by The RP Group and Educational Results Partnerships’ Cal-PASS Plus system, is used by Cosumnes River College to determine “how high school transcripts can be used to determine college competency.”
More Than $5.7 Million in Grants Awarded to CSUF During Last Three Months of 2016
January 4, 2017 | California State Fullerton News Service |
Director of the Social Science Research Center at Cal State Fullerton, Laura Gil-Trejo, received “$32,676 from The RP Group for the ‘Joyce Foundation Academy for College Excellence (ACE) Study.’” Read the article here.
Four Finalists Announced for Lake Tahoe Community College President Job
November 9, 2016 | South Tahoe Now |
In this article, former The RP Group board member, Matt Wetstein, is one of “four finalists for the position of Lake Tahoe Community College's Superintendent/President.”
Easy Change Could Improve College Racial Equity, July 2016
July 27, 2016 | San Diego Union-Tribune |
Article states that the process for assessing which students get to take college-level courses or remedial courses aids in the racial inequity within California Community Colleges. The RP Group President, Greg Stoupe, “estimates that 50 to 60 percent of inequity is rooted in assessment tests.”
Community Colleges Sending Too Many into Remedial Math, May 2015
May 29, 2015 | San Francisco Chronicle |
Article states California Community Colleges’ placement tests have unfairly placed students in remedial courses. The RP Group is referenced as estimating that “each year, nearly 50,000 students who have passed Algebra 2 in high school with a C or better are required to repeat the equivalent course — and sometimes several remedial math courses — when they enroll at community colleges.”
Reworking Remedial Education, November 2014
November 11, 2014 | EdSource |
The RP Group’s 2014 report, Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion: A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration Project, was referenced in an EdSource article about restructuring the approach to remedial education and placement policies.
CLU Professor Receives Fulbright, 2014
May 27, 2014 | Cal Lutheran News |
Out of 1,100 candidates, The RP Group senior researcher Diane Rodriguez-Kiino “received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the University of Tokyo and Tsuda College in Japan during the 2014-2015 academic year.” She “will teach courses on the history of diversity in American higher education.”
Public Campuses Mimic Private University Experience
June 24, 2012 | SF Gate |
Metro Academies Initiative is a program that provides students in public colleges with a private university experience for a small additional cost to each school. Researchers Jane Wellman, a college cost expert, and The RP Group’s Robert Johnstone report that “Metro's modest extra costs are far outweighed by the cost savings realized from reducing the waste currently resulting from very large attrition rates.”