Friday, January 24, 2020
The RP Group

 Program & Schedule

The 2020 RP Conference will open at 8:30 am on Wednesday, April 15 with the Birds of a Feather topic group pre-conference session, an opportunity for participants to come together to discuss specific issues impacting the field. The main conference will then kick off at 9:45 am with the welcome session. The conference will run until 6:30 pm (reception) on April 15, and from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 16. Post-conference workshops will be held on Friday, April 17 for an additional fee. Find more information about the post-conference workshops.

Day 1 

Time Event
Breakfast on your own
8:00-5:00 Conference Registration
8:30-6:00 Exhibitor Displays
8:30-9:30 Pre-session: Birds of a Feather Topic Groups
9:45-10:00 Welcome Session: The RP Group
10:00–11:00 Keynote Address
11:00-11:25 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Breakout Session 1
12:30-1:30 Lunch and 2020 RP Group Awards Ceremony
1:45-3:00 Breakout Session 2​
3:00-3:25 Coffee & Cookie Break
3:30-4:45 Breakout Session 3
5:00-6:30 Poster Session
5:00-6:30 Reception

Day 2

Time Event
7:30-8:30 Breakfast
8:00-1:00 Conference Registration
8:00-4:00 Exhibitor Displays
8:30–9:30 Regional Research Groups meetings
9:35-10:30 The RP Group and IRPE Community: Updates and Engagement
10:35-11:00 Coffee Break
11:05-12:05 Breakout Session 4
12:05–1:25 Lunch and Keynote Address
1:35-2:35 Breakout Session 5
2:40-3:05 Coffee & Snack Break  
3:10-4:10 Breakout Session 6
4:15-5:00 Closing Plenary: California Community College Chancellor’s Office Update

Evening open for team meetings/dinner, networking, partner organization receptions, etc.

 Theme and Tracks

The 2020 RP Conference theme is Cultivating a Mindful Data Culture, which focuses on supporting meaningful dialogues designed to advance data literacy and cultures of inquiry at California Community Colleges. Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) professionals are uniquely positioned to influence change and advance student success. To this end, IRPE professionals are key change agents in leveraging opportunities to champion data-informed practices across the institution.

With this in mind, the 2020 RP Conference aims to create venues in which IRPE professionals can connect, share effective practices, and engage with statewide, regional, and institutional topics of interest. We invite you to submit a proposal that addresses the conference theme and introduces or advances the discussion or utilization of a topic, tool, or resource that is relevant to the research, planning, and institutional effectiveness community of practitioners. 

  • Advancing Student Equity

  • Institutional Effectiveness

  • Planning

  • The RP Toolbox

Advancing Student Equity

The Advancing Student Equity track focuses on building momentum for and evaluating student equity-related efforts by leveraging qualitative and quantitative data. Advancing Student Equity sessions may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Building an equity framework to integrate efforts across the institution

  • Leveraging the student voice in equity-focused activities and evaluation efforts

  • Showcasing effective practices in improving equitable student completion

  • Implementing and evaluating student equity-focused efforts

  • Applying an equity lens to institutional research and planning

  • Utilizing and leading effective methods for conveying equity-related findings for all populations and initiatives (e.g adult learners, strong workforce, SSSP, homeless (non-academic barriers), LGBTQ, Veterans, Foster Youth)

  • Fostering equity-focused action planning across the institution

  • Facilitating difficult conversations about student equity

  • Advancing and assessing an inclusive campus culture

  • Applying strategies for disaggregating data to assess equitable student access and outcomes

Institutional Effectiveness

The Institutional Effectiveness track showcases projects, tools, and approaches that have proven effective in addressing the challenge of bringing together institution-wide improvement efforts. Sessions in this track may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Defining “Institutional Effectiveness” for the institution

  • Organizing, implementing, and evaluating guided student pathways for transformational change

  • Evaluating programs, processes, and systems to inform improvement efforts

  • Linking research and planning with budget and resource allocation

  • Implementing effective organizational change efforts

  • Analysis of student loss and momentum points, including identifying intermediate metrics to measure student progress and success

  • Leading and organizing accreditation efforts

  • Leveraging research results to improve policy and practice

  • Implementing effective strategic enrollment management practices


The Planning track includes examples, strategies, templates, tools, and approaches that have yielded promising results in institutional, master, strategic, operational and integrated planning. Sessions in this track may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Developing institutional and project goals, objectives, and key performance indicators

  • Developing approaches to integrated planning across the institution

  • Integrating various campus programs/services and aligning campus plans

  • Making institutional plans meaningful

  • Developing and executing program and project evaluation plans

  • Developing and evaluating institutional planning processes

  • Integrating outcome assessment data, student achievement data, and other institutional data into planning efforts

  • Addressing comprehensive master planning and evaluation cycles

  • Applying a systems approach to institutional research related to planning activities

The RP Toolbox

The RP Toolbox track aims to showcase and demonstrate practical tools, research methods, approaches, software, and resources for new and experienced institutional researchers and planners. Sessions in this track should include interactive activities and discussions, and may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Navigating institutional governance structures and processes

  • Applying leadership skills to various levels of IRPE work

  • Effectively conveying research findings and facilitating conversations about data

  • Leveraging software and other tools for data visualization and sharing the data story

  • Sharing analytical approaches, research methods, and statistical software

  • Demonstrating qualitative data collection and analysis methods, tools, and software

  • College and District work in MIS and IPEDS

  • Showcasing tools or methods for addressing statewide initiatives or accountability mandates such as the following:

    • Student-Centered Funding Formula

    • Simplified Metrics

    • AB 705

    • Guided Pathways

    • 115th College (Online College)

    • Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM)

    • Strong Workforce/Career Education

    • Adult Education

    • Vision For Success

    • Dual Enrollment