Monday, June 27, 2022
The RP Group

 2022 RP Group Awards

The RP Group Awards program seeks to promote exceptional work in the California Community Colleges (CCC) Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) community. Each year, the RP Group recognizes colleagues and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to student and institutional success through community college research, planning, and institutional effectiveness efforts.

We are proud to recognize projects and professionals who have made significant contributions to overall institutional effectiveness; positive campus climate; infrastructure for continuous assessment and improvement; student success and equitable student outcomes; fostering professional growth and development of others; and local, regional, or statewide policy or practice.

2022 IRPE Professional Leadership Award

Daylene Meuschke, EdD, 2022 IRPE Professional Leadership AwardDaylene Meuschke, EdD
Associate Vice President, Institutional Research, Planning, Effectiveness and Student Experience Redesign
Co-Chair, Institutional Review Board
College of the Canyons

Daylene Meuschke initially began her service at College of the Canyons (COC) in 2001 to support the writing and production of a Title III grant for the college. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as a full-time Research Analyst owing to her immediately apparent skills, keen mind, and educational acumen. In the 20 years since, Daylene served as a Senior Research Analyst, Director of Institutional Research, and Dean of Institutional Research. She became the Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (IRPIE) in August 2018 and, as of January 2022, now serves as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, Effectiveness and Student Experience Redesign.

Daylene’s passion for education is shown in her ongoing professional development and learning. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Drury University in Missouri. Studying a Global Perspectives curriculum in the Midwest was not enough. Daylene wanted to be part of a more diverse community, which led her to pursue her Master’s degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University. After joining COC, Daylene continued her studies to earn a doctorate in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on learning and motivation, at the University of Southern California. She has participated in many professional development programs at COC, including the very first class in their Leadership Education in Action Program (LEAP) in 2008, and she has also participated as both a mentee and mentor through its mentorship program.

Daylene has co-authored hundreds of research reports at COC and continues to supervise the annual production of countless research items, surveys, and analyses through the IRPIE team. Daylene, with support from COC, has helped cultivate a formidable research, planning, and institutional effectiveness team that serves as a model for other colleges, and her staff proudly share her reputation as hard-working and data-savvy practitioners. She has developed an extraordinary reputation for her research talents and abilities, assisting any and all departments or inquirers with focused data needs.

Daylene also helps to lead the Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2 Committee at COC, which has played a key role in many of the college’s priorities including Guided Pathways, equity, student support and experience redesign, and the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor’s Call to Action. Both her local and statewide reputation for excellence are known through her participation in The RP Group and multiple Partnership Resource Teams in support of other community colleges. Daylene has served on the executive team for the CCC Chancellor’s Office Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative and as a Board member and volunteer with The RP Group.

Daylene believes relationships matter and strives each day to build bridges that help connect the dots between people and efforts on campus. She has a goal to make people smile and laugh each day. She loves institutional effectiveness, design thinking (white boards and markers!), and applying her manifold talents to making a difference for students.


2022 Outstanding Project Award

Moorpark College, 2022 Outstanding Project Award

Moorpark College
Led by Project Team Members:
Oleg Bespalov, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Moorpark College
James Schuelke, Director of Outreach and Marketing, Oxnard College
Gabby Chacon, Sr. Administrative Assistant, Moorpark College
Karla Montenegro Gonzalez, PACE Program Coordinator, Moorpark College
Jennifer Lawler, PACE Counselor, Moorpark College

Project Title: “Institutional Effectiveness and Marketing Collaboration: Using Data-Driven Decision-Making to Measure and Improve College Marketing Strategies”

Projection Description: In light of declining enrollments, colleges are increasing their marketing efforts. How can Institutional Effectiveness support these marketing initiatives to help improve their chances of increasing enrollment?

Moorpark College (MC) shared how they used data-driven marketing to grow a program designed for adult students from 0 to 500 students, or about 4% of the college’s full-time equivalent students, in just two years. The project provided key evidence that utilizing data can improve marketing and lead to higher enrollments among historically marginalized student groups.

The college initially focused on students participating in the college’s Program for Accelerated College Education (PACE), whose average age was older than the general student population at MC, and whose ethnic background was more diverse. Given the structure of the program, where students take two courses every eight weeks, PACE students were shown to have better outcomes than non-PACE adult students. In a recent survey, 90% of PACE students agreed with the statement, "I am able to stay enrolled at Moorpark College because of the PACE program. If PACE did not exist, I would drop out or enroll at another college/university." 

The types of marketing data analyses (surveys, A/B tests, control and treatment groups) that were conducted at MC are considered the norm for large and for-profit universities, but remain novel and innovative at community colleges, which typically have much smaller marketing budgets.

Given the success of the PACE program at MC, the other two colleges in its district have decided to start or reincarnate their own PACE program, and the MC project team will be helping their colleagues implement their programs, including establishing their own marketing research protocols.

The project team showed that these kinds of tools were easily adaptable and could be used to market other college programs immediately. These insights are helping to level the playing field to ensure more programs and departments can effectively recruit students with fewer resources.

 Past Years RP Group Awards

  • 2020 RP Group Institutional Effectiveness Project of the Year Award
    Recipient: Coastline College: Aeron Zentner, Dean, Institutional Research, Planning, Effectiveness, and Grant Development
    Title: Strengthening your Data Literacy Infrastructure
    Description: Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, California developed an open-access, 4-week instructor-led data coach training course shell in Canvas Commons. California community college professionals can also access a self-paced 3-week version of the course on the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Vision Resource Center. The course provides colleges the opportunity to train their own data coaches by teaching the fundamentals of data analytics, data collection, data analysis, data presentation, and facilitating conversations using data. Tools and activities included in the course can be adopted and adapted to help institutional researchers expand their efforts to strengthen data awareness, access, application, and confidence to utilize information to build and support planning, innovation, and change.

  • 2020 RP Group Research and Evaluation Project of the Year Award
    Recipient: De Anza College: Mallory Newell, Supervisor, Institutional Research and Planning; Jerry Rosenberg, Division Dean of Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering; and Ola Sabawi, Research Analyst
    Project Title: Be Mindful of the Gap: Are Success Rate Gaps a Result of Student or Faculty Success?
    Description: California Assembly Bill 705 provided De Anza College in Cupertino, California with an opportunity to mindfully scrutinize course success rates in order to maximize the probability that students entering university transfer-level coursework in English and math complete their coursework within one year. The College began to look at variability at the section level of the same course to begin to unpack how student, course, and instructor variables affect success rates. This new lens enabled the college to look deeper into student success rates and initiate conversations about faculty success as a factor in student success. Facilitating conversations about instructor-level success rates requires the college to collaborate with faculty to build an environment where faculty feel safe and supported and to help the college best understand the myriad of factors affecting course success rates.
    This video describes some of the important elements and structure required to establish a shared vision for advancing student success and meeting state mandates associated with AB 705.

  • CCC Noncredit Offerings Project Summary
    The CCC Noncredit Offerings Survey was conducted in partnership with California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Educational Services.

  • IEPI Noncredit Summit 2017 Program
    The CCC Noncredit Offerings Survey was conducted in partnership with California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Educational Services.

A Cost Effectiveness Study of the First Year of PCC Pathways: Recipients: Patricia Quinones, Office of Institutional Research, Pasadena City College

Progress on the Strategic Plan Goal: Recipients: Carolyn Arnold, Coordinator, Institutional Research, Chabot College

San Diego Miramar College Student Success Framework for Long-Term Integrated Planning: Recipients: San Diego Miramar College

The CTE Outcomes Survey: What Have we Learned After 5 Years? Recipients: KC Greaney, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Research, Santa Rosa Junior College Director of the California Community College’s Statewide Career and Technical Education Employment Outcomes Survey (CTEOS)

The Evolution of Crisis at City College of San Francisco: Recipients: Megan Diane Corry, San Francisco, California

  • The Evolution of Crisis Dissertation, August 2016
    Qualitative study examining the factors that may have contributed to the development of an institutional blindspot that prevented CCSF leaders at all levels from recognizing and responding to the impending crisis.

Excellence in College Research: How to Increase Data Democracy and Develop a Culture of Inquiry Within Faculty and Staff: Recipients: Chialin Hsieh, Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness; Janet Stringer, Dean of Science and Technology; Tracy Huang, Planning and Research Analyst; Michael Hoffman, Math Faculty and Student Equity Coordinator; and Anniqua Rana, Dean of Athletic, Learning Resources, and Library, Cañada College

Excellence in Planning: Making Integrated Planning User-friendly: Recipients: Pierce College Council; Academic Senate; Kathleen F. Burke, President, Oleg Bespalov, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, and Amari Williams, Assistant Research Analyst, Pierce College

Excellence in Regional/Statewide Research: Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP): Recipients: Peter Riley Bahr, Associate Professor of Education, University of Michigan; Danielle Durán, Special Assistant to the President, Stuart Foundation; Craig Hayward, Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation, Irvine Valley College; John Hetts, Senior Director of Data Science, Daniel Lamoree, Senior Research and Systems Analyst, and Ken Sorey, Executive Vice President, Educational Results Partnership; Mallory Newell, Supervisor for Institutional Research and Planning, De Anza College; Alyssa Nguyen, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation, RP Group; Terrence Willett, Director of Research, Planning, and Knowledge Systems, Cabrillo College

Excellence in Regional/Statewide Research: Who Gets to Count: Constructing a Skills-Builder Success Metric: Recipients: Ryan Fuller, Alice van Ommeren, and the Doing What Matters for Jobs & the Economy team, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; KC Greaney, Santa Rosa Junior College; Peter Riley Bahr, University of Michigan; VERATAC; Kathy Booth, WestEd

  • What Gets to Count? Constructing a Skills-Builder Success Metric, 2015
    Guide addresses the following questions: How was the proposed skills-builder metric created? What types of students are skills-builders? How many skills-builders are there? Are skills-builders securing higher earnings? Are skills-builders earning a living wage? What would it mean to have a skills-builder metric on the Student Success Scorecard?

Excellence in Dissertation: A Multi-Perspective Examination of Developmental Education: Student Progression, Institutional Assessment and Placement Policies, and Statewide Regulations: Recipient: Kristen Erin Fong, Research Analyst, Cerritos College; Ph.D. in Philosophy (Education), University of Southern California

Let Them In: Increasing Access, Completion and Equity in College English: Recipient: Leslie Henson, Instructor and Co-Chair, English and Journalism, Eric Hoiland, Director of Assessment and Wim McSpadden, Senior Designer/Developer, Butte College

Performance Outcomes of First-Time, No-College-Experience Students by Self-Reported Student Hope Levels: Recipients: Jim Fillpot, Dean, Institutional Research and Resource Development, Chaffey College

Decision Support System: Recipients: Daniel Lamoree, Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer, Mt. San Antonio College

Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion: A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration Project: Recipients: Craig Hayward, Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation, Irvine College; Terrence Willett, Director of Planning, Research and Knowledge Systems, Cabrillo College; and Vinod Verma, System Software Specialist III, CCCCO

Efficacy of the California Basic Skills Initiative: Recipient: Erik Cooper, Dean of Planning, Research and Resource Development, Sierra College, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, California State University, Sacramento

Relationship of the Fall 2012 Left Lane Cohort to Enrollments, Students Success and Fall to Spring Retention: Recipient: Keith Wurtz, Dean, Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Planning, Crafton Hills College

Integrated Online Program Review and Budget Planning: Recipients: Barry Gribbons, Asst. Superintendent/V.P., Institutional Development, Technology and Online Services and Daylene Meuschke, Director, Institutional Research, College of the Canyons

Special Commendation for Excellence in Planning: From Departmental to Institutional Planning: SMC’s Integrated Process: Recipients: Hannah Lawler, Dean of Institutional Research and Christine Schultz, Professor, Political Science, Santa Monica College

Tracking Wages of California Community College Completers (Salary Surfer): Recipients: Alice van Ommeren, Dean, Research, Analysis and Accountability, and members of the Technology, Research and Information Systems (TRIS) Division, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

A Conceptual Model on the Impact of Mattering, Sense of Belonging, Engagement/Involvement, and Socio-Academic Integrative Experiences on Community College Students’ Intent to Persist: Recipient: Esau Tovar, Counselor/Faculty Lead, Assessment Center, Santa Monica College

Student Outcomes for Faculty Inquiry and Analysis (SOFIA): Recipients: Terra Morris, Institutional Research Specialist, Cabrillo College; Craig Hayward, Director of Research, Planning & Accreditation, Irvine Valley College; Vinod Verma, System Software Specialist, Chancellor’s Office

Chaffey College Integrated Planning Model: Recipients: Sherrie Guerrero, Associate Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services, Laura Hope, Dean of Instructional Support and Jim Fillpot, Interim Dean of Institutional Research and Resource Development, Chaffey College

Special Mention for Outstanding Research Resource: Illuminous (formerly Universal Cohort Progression Tool): Recipient: Daniel Lamoree, Educational Research Assessment Analyst, Mt. San Antonio College

Mathematics from High School to Community College: Preparation, Articulation, and College Un-readiness: Recipient: Louise Jaffe, Trustee, Santa Monica College

Promising Pathways - Placement, Performance, and Progress in Basic Skills and Transfer Level Courses in English and Mathematics: Recipients: John Hetts, Andrew Fuenmayor, and Karen Rothstein, Long Beach City College

Crafton Hills College Integrated Planning and Program Review: Recipients: Denise Hoyt, Jessica McCambly, Dr. Cheryl Marshall, Michael Strong, Ralph Rabago, Michelle Riggs, Rebeccah Warren-Marlatt, Sherri Wilson, Gary Williams, Keith Wurtz, Marcus Dashoff, Lucas Manning, Margaret Yau, and Jason Brady, Crafton Hills College

Basic Skills Progress Tracker (Online tracking tool): Recipients: Craig Hayward, Cabrillo College and Myrna Huffman, Vinod Verma & Tom Nobert, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, with support from Katie Hern, Lynn Wright & Myra Snell, 3CSN

An Exploration of Civic Engagement of Community College Students: Recipient: Mallory Angeli Newell