Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The RP Group

 RP Conference 2022 Theme and Tracks

 The Evolving Role of IRPE: Supporting Equitable Learning
 Across the Institution

Across California Community Colleges, institutional research, planning, and effectiveness (IRPE) professionals are awash in data. They navigate and guide their institutions in using public data sets, build needed dashboards, query data from local warehouse repositories, and provide expertise in strategic thinking, planning, and partnerships. IRPE professionals have become cornerstones of their institutions, leveraging data that inspires informed decision-making and positive, student-centered change. The theme of RP Conference 2022 focuses on how the evolving role of IRPE professionals enables equitable inquiry and collaborative learning to create organizational and systems change. In April 2022, IRPE professionals will come together in Orange County to share effective strategies and innovations and chart a future for the field that will impact student-centered teaching and learning.

This year’s conference sessions are organized within four tracks.

  • Leadership & Planning 

  • Institutional Effectiveness 

  • Research & Evaluation 

  • RP Toolbox

Leadership & Planning

The Leadership & Planning track showcases projects, tools, and approaches that address the challenge of bringing together efforts in college planning, resource prioritization, governance, initiatives, structures, and processes for institution-wide equity.

The topics of this year’s track include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Fostering an equity-focused culture that guides planning across the institution

  • Developing and integrating institutional equity goals, objectives, and key performance indicators to inform planning

  • Facilitating difficult conversations about student equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Advancing and assessing inclusive campus culture

  • Using data to design and implement student equity-focused efforts

  • Exploring biases in institutional structures and processes (e.g., hiring processes, professional development, etc.)

  • Utilizing equity-focused budget planning and resource allocation

  • Implementing structural, process, and policy changes to create more equitable learning and working environments

  • Integrating equity into emergency response planning (surveying student needs)

Institutional Effectiveness

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

  • Defining “Institutional Effectiveness” for system-wide equity

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

  • Evaluating programs, processes, and systems to inform improvement efforts with an equity, diversity, and/or inclusion focus

  • Linking research and planning with budget and resource allocation with an equity, diversity, and/or inclusion focus

  • Implementing effective organizational change to achieve equity, diversity, and/or inclusion goals

  • Analyzing student loss and momentum points, including identifying intermediate metrics to measure student progress and success with an equity, diversity, and/or inclusion focus

Research & Evaluation

The Research & Evaluation track aims to showcase impactful equity-focused research studies, tools, and strategies to support new and seasoned institutional research/institutional effectiveness professionals. This track highlights effective methods for conducting and conveying equity-related findings for historically underrepresented populations and initiatives with non-academic barriers—e.g., adult learners, Strong Workforce, SSSP, Guided Pathways, homeless students, LGBTQ students, veterans, foster youth, students with disabilities. Proposals that specifically address racial equity will be given special consideration. The topics in this track include (but are not limited to) the following:

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

  • Methods for collecting, highlighting, and sharing student stories

  • Designing inclusive qualitative research studies (such as focus groups) that amplify student voices

  • Showcasing effective practices that lead to equitable student completion

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

  • Effectively conveying research findings and facilitating courageous conversations about equity and equity-minded action planning

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

  • Exploring and understanding unconscious bias

The RP Toolbox:

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

  • Navigating institutional governance structures and processes focused on equity, diversity, and/or inclusion

  • Effectively conveying research findings and facilitating conversations about data that incorporate an equity, diversity, and/or inclusion lens

  • Leveraging software and other tools for data visualization and sharing data stories that include equity, diversity, and/or inclusion foci

  • Sharing analytical approaches, research methods, and statistical software that include equity, diversity, and/or inclusion foci

  • Demonstrating qualitative data collection and analysis methods, tools, and software that include equity, diversity, and/or inclusion foci

  • Showcasing tools or methods for addressing statewide initiatives or accountability mandates (such as the following) through an equity, diversity, and/or inclusion lens:

    • Student Centered Funding Formula

    • Simplified Metrics

    • AB 705

    • Guided Pathways

    • Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM)

    • Strong Workforce/Career Education

    • Adult Education

    • Vision For Success

    • Dual Enrollment