The Student Success Scorecard was created by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as an accountability tool that measures student performance at each community college in a clear and concise way. This set of performance metrics makes California community colleges perhaps the most transparent and accountable systems of public higher education in the nation and is designed to help more students achieve their educational goals on time.
The scorecard enables colleges to have clear data regarding student success by race, ethnicity, gender and age to help the institutions focus on closing performance gaps. Students, parents, community leaders and policy makers can use the scorecard to track the rate of students completing certificates and degrees and transfer. The scorecard also measures how effectively colleges move students through remedial and career technical instruction.
The scorecard is not intended as a way to rank colleges, but rather to provide benchmark data that will focus attention on sustained institutional improvement over time.
The scorecard measures student success in five key areas:
Data for Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
The scorecard tracked 2,496 first-time students at Grossmont College and 1,102 first-time students at Cuyamaca College who started in 2006-07 and took a college-level math or English course within three years. About 80 percent of those students were unprepared for college, meaning they needed to take remedial classes.
Over the past five years, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges showed improvement or remained stable in four of the five areas measured -- persistence, the 30-unit rate, remedial English and math progress rates, and career technical education completion rate. The decline in completion rates is the result of more than 1,600 courses that the college district was forced to eliminate because of state budget cuts. Students who were unable to find the courses they need were more likely to become discouraged and not finish their education.
|Cuyamaca College||Grossmont College|
|Student Success Metric||2006-07 Cohort||5-year trend||2006-07 Cohort||5-year trend|
|30+ Units Rate||67.2%||1.2%||67.1%||1.8%|
Promoting student success
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has placed a high priority on ensuring success for its students and assisting them in reaching their educational goals.
Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges provide all incoming students with an assessment, orientation and educational plan so that they can make the best use of their time and effort at the colleges. East County high school students who make full use of the opportunity for assessment and orientation are given priority in enrolling at the colleges.
Both colleges have programs – the First Year Experience at Cuyamaca College and the Freshman Academy at Grossmont College – that provide mentoring and guidance for new students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are the first in their family to seek higher education. The Umoja program at Grossmont College program serves educationally and economically disadvantaged students, and provides instructional and Student Services support to help students reach their goals.
Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are also developing SB 1440 transfer degrees that will ease the way for students in specified majors who are intending to transfer to San Diego State University and other California State University colleges.
Click here for a news release about the student success scorecard.
Student Success at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Here's some of the efforts going on at Cuyamaca and Grossmont Colleges to promote student success:
First Year Experience (Cuyamaca College) -- a comprehensive and intentional approach to the first year of college to ensure that students learn and persist through their first year.
Freshman Academy (Grossmont College) -- offers incoming students the opportunity to be a part of a rigorous and supportive academic environment. The program focuses on building students’ connection to each other, to their instructors and to the college.
Umoja (Grossmont College) -- serves educationally and economically disadvantaged students, believing that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, students develop self-efficacy and a foundation for academic success.