Student Success Scorecard
The Student Success Scorecard was created by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as an accountability tool that measures student success 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:
- Persistence – the percentage of students who remained enrolled for three consecutive terms.
- 30-unit rate – the percentage of students who earned at least 30 units of credit.
- Completion – the percentage of students who completed a degree, certificate or transfer-related outcomes
- Remedial – the percentage of students who started at below college-level in English, mathematics and/or English as a Second Language, and went on to complete a college-level subject in the same discipline.
- Career technical education – the percentage of students who earned a degree or certificate or transferred to a four-year university in a career technical or vocational field.
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.