Institutional Research & Planning Blog

Assessment Test Results Reports

by Marci Myers

The Assessment Test Results reports have been updated and are now available on our website! These reports display assessment test placements for first-time/full-time students entering El Camino College (ECC) and Compton Center in fall 2014, fall 2015, and fall 2016. Results were also disaggregated by gender and race/ethnicity to examine possible signs of disproportionate impact.

Here are some of the interesting findings from these reports:

  • In the past three years there has been a decrease in the number of assessment tests taken on-campus and an increase in the number of assessment tests taken off-campus.
  • The results illustrate the variations in transfer-level placement rates in reading, writing, and mathematics as seen in the charts below:

ECC Assessment Results by Course Group

Compton Center Assessment Results by Course Group

The full reports can be found on our website:

Assessment Test Results – El Camino College

Assessment Test Results – Compton Center


Time to Completion Report 2015-2016

by Jessica Sanchez

The newest 2015- 2016 Time to Completion Reports are available at these links:
Time to Completion – El Camino College
Time to Completion – Compton Center

These reports show in-depth information about the amount of time that our students take to complete their degree and certificate programs. A detailed summary of the Time to Completion Reports for El Camino College and ECC Compton Center is included below. (more…)

Recent Trends in Degrees and Certificates Awarded (2011-2016)

by Joshua Meadors

The newest Degrees and Certificates Reports are available from the following links:
Degrees and Certificates Awarded – El Camino College
Degrees and Certificates Awarded – Compton Center

These reports highlight the trends in degrees and certificates awarded at El Camino College and Compton Center for the academic years 2011-12 to 2015-16. These trends are discussed in relation to minimum standards and aspirational goals set by El Camino College (ECC). Detailed summaries of these reports are in the post below. (more…)

College-going and Persistence Rates of Recent High School Graduates: Findings from the National Student Clearinghouse’s High School Benchmarks Report

by Beth Katz

El Camino College (ECC) works with its feeder high schools to increase enrollment of recent graduates. The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) recently released their 2016 “High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates,” in which they analyzed college progression and degree attainment across different types of high schools: low-income vs. higher-income; high-poverty vs. low-poverty; and high minority vs. low minority. They found striking discrepancies between these demographic groups. Students from low-income high schools were less likely to enroll in college immediately after graduating high school than students from higher-income schools. In addition, those students had lower 6-year college completion rates. The gaps in high school to college progression and degree attainment rates were larger when comparing high-poverty and low-poverty schools. Similar discrepancies were observed between high and low minority high schools.

These gaps are shown in the data from the Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker for High Schools:


What does this mean for ECC?

Of ECC’s top 10 feeder high schools, five are low-income, three are high-poverty, and eight are high minority, according to the NSC’s definitions. The NSC’s study quantifies the challenge of getting students from disproportionately impacted high schools – like those who feed into ECC – to 1) enroll immediately after graduation and 2) persist until they complete a degree. The size of the gaps between the different groups of students validates ECC’s existing efforts to work with these high schools and provides additional justification for campus initiatives that support those disproportionately impacted student groups. These efforts include opportunities for high school students to enroll in ECC classes and take college placement exams at their schools.

Reducing barriers to college enrollment and degree attainment is a daunting challenge; however, it is also an opportunity for ECC to make a meaningful impact on students from disproportionately impacted high schools in our surrounding community. ECC has the opportunity to close local equity gaps, through outreach and student support and is already working hard to make a difference.

Compton Center – Research Brown Bag Digest – November 2016

November’s session featured a much more interactive and discussion-based format than previous Research Brown Bags have, so there is not much to recap in this month’s blog post. We mostly provided a presentation that included a few activities, models, and discussion questions related to our institutional data processes and how they may be related to any given stakeholder.

The November session started with a brief activity regarding how first-time students are defined in the data (and how this may be different than our personal definitions). This was followed by a demonstration of how the information in Reporting Services and Data Mart may show slightly different numbers from each other, based on their specific definitions of first-time students.

Several of the discussion questions involved getting feedback from attendees about all the different types of data we collect and use in our departments, and we appreciate being able to learn about the issues that were most directly related to your work with institutional data. Likewise, we asked about the various software and data sources that are used in each area, and this information is also helpful in troubleshooting and getting the “big picture” of our institutional data processes.

We also presented a few visual aids to go along with the data querying demonstrations. For the most part, these were relatively simple models depicting people in the data process, how one piece of data may combine several different sources (e.g., core service completion), and how some of the information that isn’t directly available from our databases goes through a number of steps before we can provide it (e.g., course success rates).

Because of how informative this session was for both the researchers and attendees alike, we are planning to make this the topic of the December Research Brown Bag as well. So, please inform your colleagues, especially if they work on the data entry for your department or program, or if anyone is genuinely interested in hearing about where institutional data comes from and how it is categorized and processed.

Compton Center – Research Brown Bag Digest – October 2016

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we took a slight detour for the October session. This session was held in a computer lab, and we took the opportunity to cover the Professional Learning Network.

The Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a one-stop shop for a variety of resources available to anyone working in community colleges. That means all California Community College faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees have access to these resources, which range from detailed articles about upcoming statewide initiatives, to strategies and best practices offered by other community colleges, to brief video tutorials covering a number of software and professional development topics.

One major benefit of the PLN is that these resources are shared throughout the California Community College system, and they are created by other professionals working in community colleges across the state. Briefly, here is a walkthrough of the PLN site:

The Resources page is the primary way to find information in the form of articles, presentations, models, and templates shared by other community college professionals. You can search for materials by category or by specific tags. This is also where the Acronym Dictionary is located. If you ever wondered what something like “IEPI” stands for, the PLN provides an explanation and a link to the appropriate webpage.

The Learn page is where PLN members can take advantage of some of the partnerships with training services. Primarily, the Learn page gives you free access to (an extensive library of detailed instructional videos on various software tools and skills) and Grovo (a library of short “micro” video lessons covering a number of software tools and services as well as general professional development).

The Connect page is a web forum, offering the opportunity to post a topic and discuss with other professionals on the PLN.

The Speakers Directory is a curated list of speakers who have given (usually keynote) presentations at various California Community College conferences and events. If you’re looking for a particular speaker or someone to speak on a particular topic, you may be able to find details and contact information here.

The Calendar lists all previous and upcoming events that are relevant to California Community College professionals. These include various conferences, meetings, and workshops, and you can find more information about any given event by clicking its entry on the calendar. Likewise, you can submit events to the calendar yourself if you’d like the announcement to reach PLN users.

The Initiatives tab is just a consolidation of all the Resources associated with a given initiative. Currently, the PLN is consolidating information and submissions regarding three major initiatives: Common Assessment (CAI), Education Planning (EPI), and Online Education (OEI).

Last but not least, the Share page is where you can go to upload material to the PLN. If you have any material you would like to share, just enter the title and a brief description. The PLN support team will review submissions and upload the material as long as it is appropriate.

As always, please feel free to provide any questions and comments about the material, or additional suggestions for the type of content you’d like to see on these blog posts. The next Brown Bag is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th, and we welcome any suggestions you have for (educational) topics you’d like to see us cover.

Research Brown Bag Digest – September 2016

During September’s session, we covered various aspects of the Program Review process, but we also provided brief discussions of IPEDS data and qualitative research methods.

Generally speaking, the IPEDS reports are results from a nationwide survey of college institutions. Data for ECC or Compton Center is aggregated to the institutional level, and then this data is compared with other institutions that are determined to be similar based on characteristics like size, geography, and community demographics. The IPEDS feedback report isn’t currently available online, but please feel free to contact us if you would like to see a copy of the report or presentation. More intrepid users or those already familiar with IPEDS may consider going directly to the IPEDS Data Center, but please be advised that this federal database can be very complex to navigate and that we have not provided a tutorial for this website yet.

Regarding qualitative research, this is a broad and encompassing term for data that tends to be open-ended and verbal, as opposed to closed-ended and numerical. Common examples involve using information from focus groups and interviews to answer the “why” of a larger research question. But rather than writing an extensive review of qualitative research on this blog, we recommend looking at the Qualitative Research summary document provided to attendees of the last session. (Feel free to contact us if you’d like a copy of this document even if you weren’t present at the last session.)

A majority of the September session was spent discussing the Program Review process. The program review process is detailed extensively in the guidelines provided for Instructional Programs as well as Student Services.  The document for instructional programs also contains a detailed explanation and visualization of how the process works and why your program review matters to institutional planning, located in Appendix E.  This document also contains: a 2016 timeline of the review process; a sample of the standard student survey questions; a rubric for how the program review will be examined by the committee; and detailed instructions for addressing each aspect of the program review document that needs to be written.

Lastly, we went over the MyECC portal and the different program review data files available there. Interactive data files are available containing: program review information for instructional programs, program review information for student service programs, and detailed success and retention rates for courses, departments, and divisions. Success and retention rates are also available on the IRP website, but you can access an interactive version of this data through MyECC.

To access the Instructional Program Review data file:
1) Log in to MyECC.
2) Move your pointer over “Areas” in the top-left to make a drop-down menu appear.
3) From the drop-down menu, move your pointer over “Institutional Effectiveness” and then click “Program Review,” which will open a new page.
4) Under documents, click “Academic Affairs,” which will open a new page.
5) From here, select “Program Review Datafile-Compton 2015” for the most recent data.

To access the Student Service Metrics file and the interactive Success and Retention file, just click on “Institutional Research and Planning” instead of “Program Review” in Step 3 listed above. Student service data is located in the “Metrics Tool” folder, and the success and retention data is located in the “Success and Retention Reports” folder.

As always, please feel free to provide any questions and comments about the material, or additional suggestions for the type of content you’d like to see on these blog posts. The next Brown Bag is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th, and we welcome any suggestions you have for topics you’d like to see us cover.

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