Thursday, June 4, 2020
The RP Group

California State University (CSU) Compass Evaluation



The RP Group engaged in a two-fold partnership with the CSU Office of the President’s Give Students a Compass Project — an initiative designed to strengthen the relevance, integration, and real-life application of the general education (GE) transfer curriculum in California by infusing it with high-impact educational practices (e.g., service-learning, learning communities, first-year experiences).

  • Evaluation: The RP Group performed quantitative analysis of the impact of GE courses incorporating high-impact practices at the community college level on student performance (e.g., course success, term-to-term retention rates).

  • Technical assistance: The RP Group provided guidance on the development of a final report that summarizes project results and provides examples of innovative GE practices to ensure the report’s relevance and utility to educators. In addition, we supported overall dissemination of this resource.

RP Group Lead

Dr. Darla Cooper, Executive Director

RP Group Project Team Members

Kelley Karandjeff, EdM, Kay Nguyen, Jeannette Redding, Joshua Rosales, Vinod Verma


CSU Office of the President

Guides and Tools

Innovations in General Education: Giving Students a Compass, May 2015
Practical guide on incorporating high-impact general education practices at the course, program, and institutional levels.

News and Events

This project is complete. Visit "Related Projects" below to learn about our other initiatives in this project's area(s) of impact.



  • Focus Populations: Transfer students
  • Status: Complete
  • Contact: Dr. Darla Cooper, Executive Director,

Areas of Impact


Related Projects