Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 1:50 pm – 3:05 pm
Creating Student-Centered Comprehensive Course Scheduling and Increasing Enrollments with Guided Pathways Success Team
Track: Institutional Effectiveness
Los Medanos College will share how it created an effective and efficient course schedule and student support model based on student preferences and behaviors to help students achieve their educational goals. The college has developed a student-centered comprehensive course schedule using a blend of course modality preferences shared in its biannual student preferences survey, paired with students’ enrollment behaviors to maximize fill rates and ensure students can achieve their educational goals. Disaggregating student preferences and behaviors by race/ethnicity, age, gender, and academic programs helps to ensure that course scheduling is equity-focused. Los Medanos staff will share how instructional deans and the Vice President of Instruction are using these data to make course scheduling decisions.
The college has also implemented enrollment management strategies starting six weeks before each semester begins using a Guided Pathway framework to ensure the best possible outcomes for students. Presenters will share how the college has: (a) piloted the success team; (b) monitored course enrollments; (c) used student education plans to create targeted/personalized communication protocols; (d) increased enrollment; and (e) identified the opportune time for student outreach and in-reach using data from student education plans. These data help each department determine course loads and elements of demand. This data-informed decision-making process helps students get the courses they need when they need them and aid departments by providing them with critical contact information that ensure the college has healthy academic programs. This pilot program has helped Los Medanos schedule efficiently and avoid course cancellations.
Presenters: Natalie Hannum, Chialin Hsieh, and Sally Montemayor Lenz, Los Medanos College; and Virtual Presenters, Kenneth Alexander, Cesar Reyes, Eric Sanchez, and Lucy Snow, Los Medanos College
Bridging Research and Planning: Facilitating a Data-Rich, Equity-Focused Strategic Planning Process
Track: Leadership and Planning
Strategic planning processes vary from district to district and sometimes even from college to college within a district. IRPE offices are often tasked with creating or updating college and/or district strategic plans, but, while many in our field are well-versed in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, only a small cadre of IRPE professionals enters this field with a background that is specifically focused on strategic planning. So, how do you get started with strategic planning, especially with an equity lens? And how do you align the process across a district while still honoring unique campus culture and, in some cases, overcoming adversarial histories between campuses? Our robust research backgrounds actually equip IRPE practitioners with many of the tools we need to carry out a thorough and collaborative strategic planning process focused on student success and equity. This session will provide an overview of how two colleges within a multi-college district, as well as the district office, worked together to co-create a meaningful, equity-minded, data-informed strategic planning process for each campus and the entire district. Templates, tools, and strategies for engaging various stakeholders throughout the research, inquiry, and strategic plan development process will be shared.
Presenters: Rafael Ayala, Katie Cabral, Madison Harding, and Bri Hays, Cuyamaca College; Joan Ahrens, Victoria Rodriguez, and Veronica Rosales, Grossmont College; Sam Ballard, Leif Christiansen, and James Lu, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Equity Research in Action: Access and Outcomes in a Dual Enrollment Program
Track: Research and Evaluation 1
Districtwide reporting on a dual enrollment program implemented across diverse high school sites brings unique challenges. First, districtwide trends may not reflect the reality at each site because student populations vary greatly, so actionable policy arises from site-level data. Meanwhile, reporting must preserve overall trends to be useful for leadership at the community college and high school district levels. The San Diego Community College District Research Office addressed these challenges by using recent and persistent disproportionate impact in access and outcomes to identify sites where interventions might be needed. Reporting included summary worksheets to communicate the location and scope of issues, dashboards with both broad and fine levels of resolution, formatting techniques to translate findings for different audiences, and ongoing data coaching. Through regular engagement with practitioners, researchers adjusted data packaging to meet the needs of the diverse K–12 and community college roles engaged in dual enrollment efforts.
Presenters: Natalia Alarcon, Stephen Bass, and Amertah Perman, San Diego Community College District
– Conceptualizing Diversity: Meaning-Making with CCCApply’s Expanded Ancestry Data
Track: Research and Evaluation 2
Applicants are presented with 194 different ethnicity/ancestry options in CCCApply, from which they may select as many or as few as they want, or skip the question entirely. Respecting the spirit of these expanded options while also providing concise and actionable descriptions to support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work becomes a major challenge to IRPE professionals. At Pasadena City College (PCC), students embodying the top 20 ancestry combinations are a fraction of the 1,000+ ancestry combinations that PCC students choose. Progressing beyond basic lists, a series of traditional statistical and unsupervised machine learning techniques were used to identify major ancestry patterns within PCC’s dataset, which were then combined with traditional equity information and shared with the college’s Board and various presidential advisory groups. This presentation chronicles PCC’s journey and introduces student co-investigators to provide candid, critical feedback that, along with audience input, will help guide the college’s next steps.
Presenters: Dan Huynh, Dustin Tamashiro, with student presenters Ani Ghazaryan, Tony Ordoukhanian, and Jillian Rousseau, Pasadena City College