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The RP Group

 2023 RP Group Awards

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.


The call for nominations for the 2023 RP Group Awards is now open! The deadline to submit a nomination has been extended to 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Award winners will be announced in January 2023.

The RP Group Awards program seeks to achieve the following:

  • Promote exceptional work

  • Emphasize project and IRPE leadership impact on institutions/students

  • Recognize projects and professionals who have made a significant impact on student and organizational outcomes


This year the RP Group Awards will focus on two award categories:

  • Outstanding Project Award

  • IRPE Professional Leadership Award

Download a full description and criteria for this year’s awards.

Nomination Process

To nominate your or your team’s project for the Outstanding Project Award, submit your nomination here. If you would like to plan for your nomination using a paper version of the form as a reference, you can download a PDF copy.

To nominate your colleague for the IRPE Professional Leadership Award, submit your nomination here. If you would like to plan for your nomination using a paper version of the form as a reference, you can download a PDF copy.

Review Process

Nominations are reviewed by the IRPE Professional Development Steering Committee, composed of RP Group board members and volunteers from the field with extensive experience and expertise in institutional research, planning, and effectiveness.

Dissemination of Winning Projects

  • Award winners will be posted to the RP Group Awards page

  • Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony at RP Conference 2023, April 12–14, 2023 at the San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport

  • Award winners will receive a presentation slot at RP Conference 2023 as well as a follow-up webinar


Please contact Adore Davidson and Bri Hays, IRPE PD Steering Committee Co-chairs.

 Past Years' RP Group Awards

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.

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; and
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.


2020 RP Group Project of the Year Award 2020:

Strengthening your Data Literacy Infrastructure

Project Title: Strengthening your Data Literacy Infrastructure
Recipient: Coastline College: Aeron Zentner, Dean, Institutional Research, Planning, Effectiveness, and Grant Development
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: Be Mindful of the Gap: Are Success Rate Gaps a Result of Student or Faculty Success?

Project Title: Be Mindful of the Gap: Are Success Rate Gaps a Result of Student or Faculty Success?
Recipients: 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
Description: California Assembly Bill AB705 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.


What’s the Big Idea?

2019 Project of the Year Award:
Confirming Socio-ecological
Outcomes to Predict Student Success of Men of Color

Project Title: Confirming the Socio-ecological Outcomes (SEO) Model to Predict Student Success of Men of Color at Community Colleges
Recipients: Lijuan Zhai, Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning; Dee Cetin-Berber, Senior Research and Planning Analyst; Raymond Ramirez, Equity Coordinator; Carol Rains-Heisdorf, Senior Research and Planning Analyst; Lili Gao, Senior Research and Planning Analyst; and Chuck Kralowec, Research and Planning Analyst, Fresno City College

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, February 2017
Recipient: Patricia Quinones, Office of Institutional Research, Pasadena City College
Description: Summary of the results from Pasadena City College’s PCC Pathways program.

Progress on the Strategic Plan Goal, December 2015
Recipient: Carolyn Arnold, Coordinator, Institutional Research, Chabot College
Description: Which student educational goal groups are making progress – and why? Progress since 2012-13 for Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 new students. Presentation delivered to PRBC.

Characteristics of Students in Special Programs, August 2016
Data on Chabot college students in special programs.

Progress Summary, December 2015
Chabot College summary of progress after two years of initiatives.

San Diego Miramar College 2015-16 Strategic Plan Assessment Scorecard (SPAS), June 2016
Recipient: San Diego Miramar College
Description: Strategic Plan Assessment Scorecard answers the following questions: How is San Diego Miramar College meeting its mission? How does San Diego Miramar College measure our success? How does San Diego Miramar College build on their success?

San Diego Miramar College Student Success Framework for Long-Term Integrated Planning, June 2016
Infographic for the Student Success Framework for Long-Term Integrated Planning from Fall 2016 to Spring 2020.

San Diego Miramar College Fall 2013-Spring 2020 Strategic Plan Update, September 2016
Strategic Plan Update presents the direction San Diego Miramar College will pursue in response to the changing educational and economic environment in the San Diego region and in the State of California.

The CTE Outcomes Survey: What Have we Learned After 5 Years?, November 2016
Recipient: 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)
Description: Resource associated with the winning 2017 RP Group Award project.

The Evolution of Crisis Dissertation, August 2016
Recipient: Megan Diane Corry, San Francisco, California
Description: 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.

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

Decision Making and Planning Handbook - Making Integrated Planning User-friendly, 2015
Recipients: Pierce College Council; Academic Senate; Kathleen F. Burke, President; Oleg Bespalov, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness; and Amari Williams, Assistant Research Analyst, Pierce College
Description: Handbook explaining how to get college funding and approval for ideas centered on improving student services and programs.

Integrated Planning Calendar
Integrated Planning Calendar for Los Angeles Pierce College 2013-2026.

Strategic Master Plan Dashboard
Pierce College's strategic master plan for 2013 to 2017.

Annual Program Plan Template
Annual Academic Program Plan for 2016-2017.

Annual Program Plan Data Packets

Annual Program Plan Data Packets_PLO supplement

Combined Resource Priority Listing, June 2015
Includes equipment, labor, and supplies in a prioritized list as of June 2, 2015.

Secret Shopper Program Description
Spring 2015 Financial Aid Office interaction report.

Secret Shopper Results - Financial Aid, 2015
Spring 2015 Financial Aid Office interaction report.

Multiple Measures Assessment Project Technical ReportSpring 2015
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; and Terrence Willett, Director of Research, Planning, and Knowledge Systems, Cabrillo College
Description: A summary and documentation of Phase 1 of the MMAP research project presented to the Common Assessment Initiative Steering Committee

Who Gets to Count? Constructing a Skills-Builder Success Metric, 2015
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; and Kathy Booth, WestEd
Description: 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?

A Multi-Perspective Examination of Developmental Education: Student Progression, Institutional Assessment and Placement Policies, and Statewide Regulations, December 2015
Recipient: Kristen Erin Fong, Research Analyst, Cerritos College; Ph.D. in Philosophy (Education), University of Southern California
Description: Dissertation presented to the faculty of the USC Graduate School.

A Multi-Perspective Examination of Developmental Education, December 2015
Dissertation and project summary by Kristen Fong.

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

Hope and Mindset: Changing Institutional Culture to Improve Student Success, October 2014
Recipient: Jim Fillpot, Dean, Institutional Research and Resource Development, Chaffey College
Description: Presentation and/or materials delivered at 2014 Strengthening Student Success Conference.

Chaffey Hope Data: Three-Year Cohort Tracking, June 2014
Resource associated with the winning RP Group Award project.

Chaffey Integrated Planning Model-2012
Resource associated with the winning RP Group Award project.

Decision Support System Conference Presentation, February 2014
Recipient: Daniel Lamoree, Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer, Mt. San Antonio College
Description: Resource associated with the winning 2014 RP Group Award project.

Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion: A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration Project, April 2014
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
Description: California Acceleration Project evaluation summary.

Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion: A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration Project, April 2014
California Acceleration Project evaluation report.

Efficacy of the California Basic Skills Initiative, 2015
Recipient: Erik Cooper, Dean of Planning, Research and Resource Development, Sierra College, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, California State University, Sacramento
Description: Presentation about basic skills taught in California Community Colleges.

Relationship of the Fall 2012 Left Land Cohort to Enrollments, Student Success and Fall to Spring Retention, July 2013
Recipient: Keith Wurtz, Dean, Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Planning, Crafton Hills College
Description: Crafton Hills College’s summary of findings of the Left Lane Project.

Crafton Hills College – Left Lane Project

Relationship of the Fall 2012 and Fall 2013 Left Lane Cohorts to Student Success, October 2014
Report examines the relationship of the Fall 2012 and Fall 2013 Left Lane cohorts to enrollments, student success, and fall to spring retention.

Integrated Program Review and Budget Planning, June 2012
Recipients: Barry Gribbons, Asst. Superintendent/V.P., Institutional Development, Technology and Online Services; and Daylene Meuschke, Director, Institutional Research, College of the Canyons

College of the Canyon’s Program Review Year 2 Update Technical Guide, May 2013
Technical Guide for College of the Canyon’s program review year 2 update.

Instructions for Budget Development in Online Program Review, November 2013
Instructional how-to showing budget development in an online program review with screenshots.

Special Commendation for Excellence in Planning

Institutional Effectiveness Committee – Purpose and Function, August 2011
Recipients: Hannah Lawler, Dean of Institutional Research; and Christine Schultz, Professor, Political Science, Santa Monica College

SMC – Master Plan for Education – 2011-12, October 2011

Accreditation Team – Evaluation Report, February 2014

Student and Institutional Learning Outcomes: The Cliff Note Version, November 2013
Short description of the Student and Institutional Learning Outcomes process.

Master Plan for Education – 2009 -10, January 2010

Tracking Wages of California Community College Completers, June 2013
Recipient: 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
Description: Framework for tracking the earnings or wages of students after completing an award at a California Community College.

Salary Surfer

CCCCO Research, Analysis & Accountability

Salary Surfer – Online Query Tool

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, March 2013
Recipient: Esau Tovar, Counselor/Faculty Lead, Assessment Center, Santa Monica College
Description: Full dissertation examining how factors such as institutional commitment to students, mattering, sense of belonging, interactions with diverse peers, perceptions of the campus climate, engagement/involvement, socio-academic integrative experiences, and goal commitment collectively affected community college students’ intent to persist to degree completion.

Author's Homepage (SMC)

SOFIA: Student Outcomes for Faculty Inquiry and Analysis, May 2012
Recipients: Terra Morris, Institutional Research Specialist, Cabrillo College; Craig Hayward, Director of Research, Planning & Accreditation, Irvine Valley College; and Vinod Verma, System Software Specialist, Chancellor’s Office

Chaffey - Integrated Planning Model, January 2013
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, January 2013
Recipient: Daniel Lamoree, Educational Research Assessment Analyst, Mt. San Antonio College
Description: Summary of the Universal Cohort Progression Tool (UCPT).

Illuminous - Feedback from Other Researchers, January 2013
Sample of collaboration emails for Universal Cohort Progression Tool (UCPT) and STEPS 2.0.

Example of Using Illuminous in Planning, January 2013
Example of using Universal Cohort Progression Tool (UCPT) in planning.

Mathematics from High School to Community College: Preparation, Articulation, and College Un-readiness - Full, January 2013
Recipient: Louise Jaffe, Trustee, Santa Monica College
Description: Full dissertation of Mathematics from High School to Community College: Preparation, Articulation, and College Un-readiness.

Mathematics from High School to Community College: Preparation, Articulation, and College Un-readiness, January 2013
Executive summary of research findings.

Mathematics from High School to Community College - PowerPoint Presentation

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

Tips for Using the Basic Skills Progress Tracker (Online Tracking Tool), March 2012
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

Access the Basic Skills Progress Tracker