California Community College Scorecard

Posted on April 21, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

All colleges (all institutions of any type, all businesses, etc.) will say they make data-informed decisions (and we hope they do!). One of the challenges I face is how to present data in a meaningful way to those people who  need it to make decisions! The community colleges as a sector have this problem. In April 2013, the California community college system released a new way to show dashboards: web-based Student Success Scorecards. This is a big deal: CA has 112 community colleges and enrolls 2.4 million students (making is the largest higher ed system in the world).  The data tool includes graduation, retention, and transfer rates for each college and the overall system. 

The scorecards provide a great model to follow for cutting our institutional data (both in terms of what data to track for dashboards and how to present the data visually). In addition to the standard breakdowns by include breakdowns by ethnicity, gender and age, the scorecards also include more than just graduation rates – with measures like the percentage of students who complete 30 credits and data on how students who placed into developmental courses did compared to students who placed into college-level courses. 

Now it is time to drill down to see how New Jersey compares – and how New Jersey’s community colleges can benchmark against and learn from the successes (and problems) of our peers in California. 

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