Guidance is Key to Student Success
"The current matriculation model assumes that students will clarify their
educational objective in the course of meeting with a counselor. However, many
students never see a counselor. Even before the 52 percent budget cut to
Matriculation funding, colleges were unable to provide all students with access
to counseling services to help them clarify and refine their educational
objectives and assist with the development of education plans to achieve those
objectives. Student to counselor ratios range from 800 to 1 to 1800+ to 1 in the
community colleges... Helping students make informed choices about their
education is a critical strategy to help increase student success in the California
Community Colleges." (page 22-23)
Every Matriculating Student Needs an Education Plan
"Every student who enrolls to pursue a certificate, degree or transfer objective,
and in many cases even those seeking career advancement, needs a Student
Education Plan that represents the sequence of courses that can get them from
their starting point to attainment of their educational goal... Expanded resources
for career exploration are essential." (page 23)
"The Task Force on Student Success from the
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has
presented ambitious and promising recommendations.
They represent the most promising opportunity for
reform in a decade."
- San Francisco Chronicle - December 4, 2011
For students pursuing a 4-year bachelor degree:
- Only 61% of full-time 4-year bachelor’s students graduate within 8 years.
- Only 26% of part-time 4-year bachelor’s students graduate within 8 years.
For students pursuing a 2-year associate degree:
- Only 19% of full-time 2-year associate students graduate within 4 years.
- Only 8% of part-time 2-year associate students graduate within 4 years.
"Research from the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and
Policy shows that students who entered a program [of study] in their first
year were twice as likely to complete a certificate, degree or transfer as
students who entered a program after their first year. First-year
concentrators were nearly 50 percent more likely to complete than those
who entered a program in their second year, and the rates of completion
fell sharply for students entering a program of study later than their
second year." (page 30)
Adopt a required Freshman Transition course so
all incoming students develop a comprehensive and meaningful
online 10-year Career and Education Plan