LOCAL COLLEGES GET MIXED MARKS FIRST-OF-KIND REPORT TO SERVE AS STARTING POINT TO TRACK FUTURE PROGRESS.Byline: HARRISON SHEPPARD
SACRAMENTO -- The first detailed look at California's community colleges reveals a plethora of facts and figures on course-completion rates and transfers to four-year schools, but it's too early to know if the findings are good news or bad news for students.
For example, about half of the students who enroll in the state's community colleges go on to earn an associate's degree as·so·ci·ate's degree
An academic degree conferred by a two-year college after the prescribed course of study has been successfully completed. or transfer to a four-year school, according to according to
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3. the study released Monday.
But because it is the first-ever evaluation of the state's 109 community colleges based on transfer rates and completion of courses in basic skills, English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations. and vocations, there is no way to tell whether things are getting worse or better, the report said.
"Because the (report) indicators have unique definitions, we cannot compare these indicators to those generated for other states or by other studies of the California community colleges," the report says.
The study, "Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges," was requested by the Legislature in 2004.
Mark Drummond, chancellor of the community college system, said the report is useful in comparing the individual college campuses on a variety of performance measures. The report also will serve as a starting point Noun 1. starting point - earliest limiting point
terminus a quo
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the to track the system's progress over time on an annual basis.
"On these different measures, they can say how we are doing compared to the other colleges," Drummond said. "And if they aren't doing very well, they can go over and see what the other people are doing. That's very helpful. It's good introspection."
Among the new findings: About one-third of the state's freshman-age population is enrolled in a community college, and 45 percent of graduates of the University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States). and California State University systems first attended a community college before transferring.
Also, students who earn a vocational degree or certificate get a significant jump in their wages, going from an average of $25,600 before to $47,571 three years after receiving the degree or certificate.
Schools in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. faced mixed results.
The study's top measurement of campus performance, "student progress and achievement rate," measures how many first-time students get associate degrees or certificates, or transfer to a four-year college. The state average for this category is 52 percent.
Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Mission College is a two-year community college located in Sylmar, California neighborhood of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, United States. It is part of the Los Angeles Community College District. scored below average in all categories compared with others overall statewide and with similar schools in its peer group. Mission's student-achievement rate was 42 percent, while the peer-group rate was 46 percent.
Los Angeles Pierce College
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The university is adjacent to Grant High School. Often called "Valley College" or simply "Valley" by those who frequent the campus, it opened its doors to the public on September 12, 1949, at which time the campus was was mostly below the state average, but was better than its peer group in some categories and worse in others. Its student achievement rate was 49.6 percent, just above its peer group average of 45.9 percent.
Maury Pearl, dean of institutional research and planning at Mission College, said the school has been working to improve in some of the areas measured in the report.
In recent years, the Years, The
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