The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and college and community leaders throughout the state announced Tuesday the first-of-its-kind accountability tool designed to measure student achievement and increase the number of students who earn certificates, degrees or transfer to four-year institutions. The new online Student Success Scorecard will allow students, parents, and the public to track student outcomes at all 112 colleges, making California community colleges one of the most transparent systems of higher education in the country.
In this increasingly competitive economy, the strength of California depends upon the education and skills of our workforce. Two-thirds of all jobs in California by 2018 will require some level of college education. Studies show jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as those requiring no college experience and graduating from a community college doubles an individual’s chance of finding a job compared to those who failed to complete high school. The scorecard results make it clear how important college preparation is to student success, showing that if students come to college well prepared, they complete certificates and degrees and/or transfer at rates exceeding 70%. In order to increase college graduation rates and close achievement gaps, the California Community Colleges will launch an innovative accountability tool that will present key student success metrics in a clear and concise manner.
Yuba Community College District Chancellor Douglas Houston said, “The Scorecard will be a ‘game-changer’ for community colleges as we position ourselves to focus on improving student achievement and student learning and take advantage of federal and state initiatives.”