Tuesday, September 27, 2022
The RP Group

 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awards

The RP Group presents Lifetime Achievement Awards to members of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) community who have made significant contributions to the field. These Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize individuals with extraordinary long-term involvement and service over the whole of their careers. We celebrate their many years of participation and service to the IRPE community and critical achievements in research and planning in the CCC system.

KC Greaney,  MA, PhDKC Greaney, Lifetime Achievement Awards 2021-22
Former Director of Institutional Research
Santa Rosa Junior College

KC Greaney received a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Spanish from University of California, Berkeley, followed by a Master of Arts in History from University of California, San Diego, where she focused on United States Ethnic and Immigrant History. She then achieved a second Master of Arts in Higher Education and Organizational Change with a focus on College Access and Equity from University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned her PhD. Her dissertation examined how college mediates upward mobility.

For over two decades, KC served in prominent institutional research, planning, and effectiveness (IRPE) roles at both Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). During seven of those years, she also served as Executive Director for the California Community Colleges’ (CCC) Career & Technical Education Employment Outcomes Survey (CTEOS), which she helped develop from the initiation. Her leadership led to statewide deployment of CTEOS, which contributed substantially in assisting all CCCs to better understand their students’ success and to advocate for the important role career and technical education plays within our community college system.

In related work, KC has been recognized for contributing to the development of the statewide skills-builder metric, which led to her receiving the RP Group Award for Excellence in Regional/Statewide Research in 2016. She also served as a member of the Vocational Education Research & Accountability Technical (VERATAC) Advisory Committee. These contributions have had significant and positive impact on planning and policies related to CTE at individual colleges and throughout the state.

Through her leadership of the Office of Institutional Research at SRJC, the institution was able to better support students, faculty, staff, and the campus community during the devastating fires of 2017, as well as through the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond these two prominent areas, KC has contributed in numerous other ways to the broader IRPE field. Some of the highlights include her work as a founding member of the North Bay Regional Consortium for The RP Group, as well as her service on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), CCC Apply Steering Committee, and the Student Success Metrics Workgroup.

KC is a thoughtful connector and collaborator. She developed and implemented the SRJC Student Survey in 2001 for institutional planning purposes and shared both the tool and the findings with other colleges. She also served on a statewide project that developed an early Basic Skills Survey of Effective Practices. She developed and implemented the Citizen Researcher Campaign at SRJC that was featured in “Get Started…Data Coaching to Inform Guided Pathways Development.” Over the years, KC presented dozens of times at The RP Group’s RP and Strengthening Student Success conferences, as well as at CAIR, AIR, ACCCA, and CCCAOE events  to share her expertise with the IRPE field and broader CCC system.

KC has continued to expand her own education through her attendance at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Fellows Program in Washington DC for training and then by presenting her learnings through The RP Group. Her community-minded spirit and service have added to the development of products that have been widely recognized and adopted, made significant contributions to policy, and provided overall leadership. She has continued to serve the community, even after her retirement from SRJC in 2019 by working on the “Statewide COVID-19 Impact Surveys of Students and Employees” among other projects.

We are so proud to honor and celebrate KC Greaney and her lifetime of achievements in service to the IRPE community and strengthening student success throughout the CCC system.

Barbara McNeice-Stallard, MSBarbara McNeice-Stallard, Lifetime Achievement Awards 2021-22
Former Director, Research & Institutional Effectiveness
Mt. San Antonio College

With over 35 years of experience in higher education throughout Canada and the United States, Barbara McNeice-Stallard’s notable and varied career is deeply founded in her own education. She holds a Master of Science in Health Behavior and a Bachelor of Science in Honors Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She further developed her expertise through varied research work projects with the Canadian Department of National Defense and Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, as well as research and teaching positions at University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Centennial College, and Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). 

For 20 years, Barbara served as the Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness at Mt. SAC and worked on multiple committees and visiting teams for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). She provided her expertise in numerous state and national research endeavors, all while focusing heavily on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Barbara has earned many accolades for her work with the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) as well as other national, state, local, and regional agencies in the areas of institutional research. She contributed to many research publications and has served as an organizer, presenter, and facilitator for IRPE activities throughout the state. The employees and Board members at colleges across the state had a profound impact on Barbara’s IRPE skills as did her IRPE husband, Claire Stallard.

During her tenure on The RP Group’s Board of Directors, Barbara held the position of President and consulted on numerous research and planning projects. She worked to create institutional review board (IRB) processes for many colleges and contributed her expertise in program review, integrated planning, and other institutional effectiveness issues. Barbara has been a key contributor on many initiatives and programs for The RP Group and was a Steering Committee member and presenter at the annual Strengthening Student Success Conference for over 15 years. She considers her time with The RP Group as pivotal to her success.

Barbara is one of those leaders whom many researchers have sought out for guidance and who graciously shares her knowledge, skills, expertise, and time freely. Barbara has mentored many new researchers as they navigate the often overwhelming research environment of the California Community Colleges (CCC) system. Over the years, she has encouraged many researchers to take risks and try new professional opportunities to advance themselves and their work towards improving student success in the CCC system.

Among her peers and colleagues, Barbara is known for her courage, initiative, and leadership. She has a great ability to navigate potentially explosive debates, while holding ground for the issues and people she cares about. She is a collaborative problem-solver who sees things through to the end. Barbara is well-regarded in the IRPE community for her in-depth knowledge and skills in research, evaluation, planning, accountability, equity, assessment (both learning outcomes and placement testing), and accreditation. She is a highly motivated person of integrity and, even past retirement, continues to mentor her colleagues as they take on leadership positions around the state.

We are so proud to celebrate Barbara McNeice-Stallard and her lifetime of achievements as a leader, administrator, faculty, staff, coach, mentor, colleague, and friend.

 Past Years

2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards
Recognizing Robert Gabriner and Linda Umbdenstock, recipients of the 2016 RP Group Awards for Lifetime Achievement

2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards
Recognizing Julie Slark and Jerry Rudmann, recipients of the 2012 POWER Awards for Lifetime Achievement.