Ohlone Data Source: Student Success Narrative Summary - Research and Planning Office

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Transfer to the University of California campuses following the 2005-06 academic year was up 27.6% over the prior year and up 38.3% over the previous five year average. University of California at Berkeley was the most popular of the UC campuses for Ohlone transfer students, and the2005-06 transfer total to UCB was the highest in at least 15 years. Transfer to California State University campuses were up slightly (5.5%) from 2004-05 to 2005-06, but declined 8.9% compared to the previous five year average of 440.

In the recently released Accountability Reporting for Community Colleges (ARCC) report, a measure was developed to track student progress and achievement among the California community colleges by the CCC Chancellor’s Office. One measure was the percentage of first-time students who showed intent to complete and who achieved any of the following outcomes within six years: transferred to a four-year college; or earned an AA/AS; or earned a certificate of 18 or more units; or achieved “transfer directed” or “transfer prepared” status. By this measure, Ohlone was ranked fifth among 23 “peer” colleges, 2.7% above the peer group average and 9.7% above the average for all California community colleges.

The same report measured the percentage of first-time students who showed intent to complete and who earned at least 30 units while in the California Community College system. By this measure, Ohlone students were 0.8% below the CCC average but were 2.7% above students at peer colleges.

View the complete ARCC report (PDF).

Retention and Success Rates

Retention measures the percent of students who were enrolled in a class at census and subsequently completed the course. Success measures the percentage of those students retained who received a grade of A,B,C, or CR.

Retention rates had been above state average for the three years preceding Fall 2006, but then dipped below the state average by 0.7%. Rates have declined for the past two years from a high in Fall 2004. Success rates have been in decline since Fall 2003 and are at their lowest since at least Fall 2001.

In the Accountability Reporting for Community Colleges (ARCC) report, however, Ohlone’s persistence (year-to-year retention) and success rates compared favorably with those college’s the California Community College Chancellor’s Office identified as “peer” colleges. Ohlone’s persistence rate was 0.7% above the peer group average for the percentage of first-time students with a minimum of six units earned in a fall term and who returned and enrolled in the subsequent fall term anywhere in the community college system; also, Ohlone’s persistence rate was 4.2% above the CCC average on this measure.

The ARCC report measured the annual successful course completion rate for credit vocational courses as well, and here Ohlone College was 0.8% above the peer group average and 8.8% above the CCC average. There was a measure for successful course completion of credit basic skills courses, but here Ohlone scored below both the peer group average (by 2.9%) and below the CCC average (by 1.0%). Curiously, Ohlone scored above both the peer group average (by 0.5%) and the CCC average (by 2.1%) for improvement rates for credit basic skills courses, a measure of the percentage of students who successfully complete basic skills English or math at a level at least two courses below college/transfer courses and then successfully complete a higher level course in the same discipline.)