The California Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Association (CCCEOPSA) engaged the RP Group to study the effectiveness of the EOPS program in serving students with economic and/or social disadvantages. EOPS is designed to help these learners achieve their educational goals including obtaining job skills, occupational certificates, and associate degrees; and transferring to four-year institutions.
The research team constructed and tracked a cohort of over 64,000 EOPS participants from 60 participating college districts representing 97 colleges over a three-year period. We compared this cohort with over 642,000 students who did not participate in the EOPS program during the same timeframe.
Ultimately, the research found that EOPS students were higher than non-EOPS student on nearly all outcomes except for “transfer to a four-year university within three years.” For those who did transfer, EOPS students were more likely to transition to an in-state public university (i.e., California State University or University of California) while the non-EOPS comparison students were more likely to transfer to an in-state private university, including for-profit institutions, or an out-of-state university.
RP Group Lead
Terrence Willett, MS, Project Director
RP Group Team Members
Dr. Darla Cooper, Craig Hayward, PhD
California Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Association (CCCEOPSA)
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