So How Does a Community College Work?

Report
WACAC 2014
So How Does a Community College Work and Why
Would I Recommend One?
Presented by Region 9 Transfer
Directors/Coordinators/Counselors
Gregg Chesterman,
Transfer Center Coordinator, CMC
Who is Region 9?
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Region 9 is made up of the
following community colleges
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Barstow
Cerro Coso
Chaffey
Copper Mountain
Crafton Hills
College of the Desert
Moreno Valley
Mt. San Jacinto
Norco
Palo Verde
Riverside
San Bernardino
Victor Valley
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It also includes the
following universities:
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CSU San Bernardino
University of Redlands
National University
UC Riverside
University of La Verne
Arizona State University
Azusa Pacific University
What is the CCC Mission?
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The California Community Colleges is the largest
system of higher education in the nation, with 2.4
million students attending 112 colleges. Our colleges
provide students with the knowledge and background
necessary to compete in today’s economy. With a wide
range of educational offerings, the colleges provide
workforce training, basic courses in English and math,
certificate and degree programs and preparation for
transfer to four-year institutions.
Open access to educational opportunities is typically
part of the individual community college mission
statement.
http://www.cccco.edu/
What is the CCC Mission?
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CCC students are students who want:
◦ To improve basic English and math skills including GED,
high school completion, and ESL (not covered in this presentation)
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Vocational/Occupational Training (certificate &
degree) including RN, HVAC, Auto Technology, etc.
 https://misweb.cccco.edu/webproginv/prod/toptitlelist_n.cfm
• Transfer to a 4-year institution and complete a
bachelor’s degree or higher.
 www.assist.org
What is the CCC Mission?
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The student body is made up of students who:
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Have completed A-G requirements
Have not completed A-G requirements
Have very high GPAs from high school
Have very low GPAs from high school
Graduated high school
Did not graduate high school
Under 18 years of age
Over 50 years of age
Are ESL students & AB540 students
Active duty/veterans
Are single parents employed full time
Are disabled
Are in drug rehab centers
Are incarcerated
Are homeless
What is the CCC Mission?
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The CCC student population is made
up of these groups
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All groups impact the Student Success
Scorecard
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http://scorecard.cccco.edu/scorecard.aspx
All CCCs have a different ratio of
students in these categories
◦ http://datamart.cccco.edu/
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CCC statistics should not be
compared to other institutions due to
the difference in mission and student
population (apples to oranges)
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Other subgroups to consider
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Reentry students
Older new students
AB 540 students
Students dismissed (or on probation) from
4-year institutions
What is the CCC Mission?
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Percentage of Full-Time Students Who
Are 19 or Younger
◦ http://datamart.cccco.edu/
College
Fall 2012
Spring 2013
CMC (3,104)
COD (12,816)
RCC (25,034)
Chaffey (23,559)
MSJC (19,894)
SBCC (15,441)
Crafton Hills (6,861)
10.9%
12%
9.2%
11%
9.9%
12.9%
16.5%
8.1%
10.5%
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9.9%
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11.5%
15.2%
What are the Entrance Requirements?
18 years old or no longer enrolled in a
high school program
 Yes, CCCs take all students who want to
go to college that meet this requirement
 This gives open access to education for
anyone that wants it
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What is the Application Process?
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Fill out the New Student Application (free)
◦ Go to the college’s web site and there will be a link to the
application
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Complete the required assessment test at that college
(Accuplacer, Compass, etc. Common assessment coming in the next year?).
◦ SAT/ACT scores are not used for placement
◦ Prep tools for the Accuplacer
 www.accuplacer-test.com
 www.testpreppractice.net/ACCUPLACER
 The Official ACCUPLACER Study App for iPhone. Study for the
assessment test from your iPhone! Buy & download at iTunes.com
Attend the New Student Orientation
 Get the Initial 2 semester Student Education Plan (usually
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incorporated in the orientation. Some colleges may require the full comprehensive Student Education
Plan.)
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Register for classes
What’s the Class Availability?
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Classes at CCCs in urban areas fill up quickly and
students may find it difficult to get the classes they
need (new registration priorities with SSSP)
Classes at CCCs in rural areas fill up slowly so
students normally can get the classes they need
Colleges normally maintain wait lists for full classes
so students may get on a wait list and then get into
a full class – just before or just after classes begin
Students in urban areas may attend several
community colleges at the same time in order to
get all the classes they need (no permission needed & they can
get financial aid for all of their classes – speak with the Fin. Aid Office)
Why Would I Recommend a CCC?
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Students choose a college based on the following 4 criteria
◦ Cost – $46 per unit
 Average student loan debt for a 4-year degree was $29,400 (2012-2013)
 http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/04/pf/college/student-loan-debt/
◦ Location – close to home
 do not have to move or pay for room and board elsewhere.
 Support system, friends, familiar surroundings are still in place
◦ Reputation –
 all colleges are WASC accredited so classes will transfer anywhere
 The general education patterns (IGETC & CSU) are accepted at many
private and out-of-state institutions
 Many CCCs are feeder schools for prestigious 4-year institutions that
many high school seniors would not be admitted
 Some students are looking for a Vocational Program.
◦ Accessibility – your student will be accepted at the
community college
 Accessibility to the 4-year: It’s easier to get into a university as a transfer
student
How Do Students Transfer
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Mariana Moreno,
◦ Transfer Center Coordinator,
◦ Crafton Hills College
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Khanh Hoang,
◦ Transfer Center Coordinator,
◦ College of the Desert
How Successful are Transfer
Students at 4-year Institutions?
David Sandlin, National University
Christine Degano, CSUSB
Anita Oshaben, University of Redlands
Students Transferring to a 4 year University Tend
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Have done research on the school (or schools) they wish to
transfer to and tend to understand the transfer process and
are cognizant of admission requirements and deadlines
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Have utilized tools such as Assist.org or articulation
agreements between both public and most private
universities
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Have used the services and guidance provided by
Community College counselors
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Have taken advantage of resources offered by Transfer
Centers
4-year options for transfer students
UC’s and Cal State Universities
 Private universities (non profit)
 Private universities (for profit)
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California Community College Chancellor’s
Office Current Trends in Transfer Research
Patrick Perry,Vice Chancellor of
Technology, Research and Information
Systems
 Research conducted 2013 for the
Partnering for Success III Moving
Education Forward CSCCU March 19th
2013 Conference.
 Research conducted from Datamart
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◦ http://datamart.cccco.edu/
Additional Information/Resource Links:
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datamart.cccco.edu
www.cccco.edu
www.calstate.edu
www.universityofcalifornia.edu
www.chea.org (Council for Higher Education
Accreditation)
Individual college/university websites
Successful Transfer
Students should conduct the research and work with
their Community College counselors to be better
prepared for transfer.
 Once the foundation at a Community College has
been set, there is more of a successful career path at
a 4 year university.
 There is a stronger commitment to ensure that
transfer students successfully meet their academic
goals.
 Research has proven that students who have
transferred from a Community College to a 4 year
university have a high success rate of transfer and
degree completion.
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◦ Reference: http://datamart.cccco.edu/

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