Many California Community Colleges are seeking guidance on how to implement new approaches designed to increase institutional effectiveness. To support these efforts, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, and the RP Group are teaming up to create a series of Applied Solution Kit (ASK) on key approaches. Current topics include Integrated Planning, Data Disaggregation, and Strategic Enrollment Management, with new ASK to be added as additional topic areas are developed.
The Applied Solution Kit (ASK) is a collection of carefully selected and vetted community college-specific resources, tools, workshops, and promising practices. The ASK is designed to provide a powerful means to address persistent challenges and opportunities facing California’s Community Colleges as they support institutional effectiveness and student success.
The ASK content is being developed around key concepts by expert practitioners from the California Community College (CCC) system. Each ASK resource is subjected to a continuous improvement cycle overseen by cross-functional advisory committees and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. This collective approach ensures that ASK materials are responsive to the colleges’ needs and leverage the collective wisdom and experience of the CCC system.
The ASK is an Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) project. As such, the associated tools, resources, and frameworks focus on providing effective professional development approaches to improve institutional effectiveness in the areas of accreditation, student success, fiscal viability, and compliance standards. ASK products and materials also align with the goals and commitments identified in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success.
The RP Group’s Work
The RP Group's role in each ASK has been to provide instructional materials on how to use both existing CCCCO data tools and locally available data for each topic area/ASK. As such, the work has involved refining existing resources, identifying additional promising practices, and developing new materials (white papers, instructional materials, conference presentations, webinars, and workshops) that faculty and staff within our 114 California Community Colleges can use for professional development and for improving institutional effectiveness and student success.
For more information about the ASK, email Brad Trimble, ASK Coordinator, The RP Group