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The RP Group

Environmental Scan: Key Issues Facing California Community Colleges



Community colleges are one of several important sectors of higher education charged with preparing citizens for work, higher levels of education, and for civic and community responsibility. Understanding the changing needs for higher education in general and the role of community colleges within the broader higher educational context is important to meaningful strategic planning that will drive the efficient and effective utilization of resources in meeting statewide needs.

In 2005, the RP Group developed a series of overview documents that outlined both internal and external trends shaping the future of the California Community College system and its 72 districts at the time as part of the Statewide Strategic Planning Process for California Community Colleges. The analysis included a review of the national and state literature and a review of system-wide trends related to access, progression of students, workforce development, graduation, basic skill development, and transfer.

RP Group Lead

Andreea Serban, Project Director

RP Group Project Team Members

Judith Beachler, Deborah Boroch, Craig Hayward, PhD, Edward Karpp, Kenneth Meehan


Dr. Robert Gabriner, Patrick Perry, Willard Hom, John Prentis


California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Reports and Briefs

A Resource Handbook for Strategic Planning for the California Community Colleges, April 2005
Complete report documenting internal and external trends shaping the future of the System and its 72 community college districts.

Environmental Scan: A Summary of Key Issues, July 2005
Summary of internal and external trends that are shaping the future of the System and its 72 community college districts.

News and Events

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  • Focus Populations: California Community Colleges
  • Status: Complete
  • Contact: Dr. Darla Cooper, Executive Director,

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