Guided Pathways Data Supporting the Case for Change

Draft, January 27, 2021

Laying out a clear academic pathway for students minimizes barriers to degree completion. A structured, clearly outlined degree path can reduce students taking off-program courses, accumulating excess credits, and planning to take courses in a semester they are not offered. Students save money because they do not pay for excess credits and do not run into financial aid issues by taking unqualified off-program courses. Only 35% of the 819 First-time to college students in fall 2015 completed 60 units (a threshold for an Associate’s Degree) by the summer of 2015.  While some students are seeking only to complete a course or a certificate, about 2/3rds of students start with completing a degree as their goal.  This graph demonstrates that many students are not meeting their goals.

fall2015 through summer2019 - first time student units completed

Result

Continuing with the fall 2015 group above we can next look at persistence rates.
Fall to Spring and Fall to Fall Persistence rates for first-time to college students vary by ethnic group.

Why is this important?

This data shows that many students are likely not meeting their educational goals to complete a certificate, degree or transfer in a timely manner.

Questions for Us to Consider

What Ohlone College policy, procedures, and processes might be contributing to the uneven outcomes across ethnic groups?


There were 819 First-time to college students in fall 2015.

fall2015 through summer2019 - first time student units completed
Source:  Ohlone College Research and Planning. Figures excludes consortium students.

Result

Latinx students are unrepresented, compared to the population of enrolled students, in Ohlone Transfers to the University of California.

Why is this important?

This data shows that many Ohlone College Latinx students have not been able to gain access to the economic opportunity provided by a UC degree.

Questions for Us to Consider

What Ohlone College policy, procedures, and processes might be contributing to Latinx students being under-represented in UC transfers?


fall2015 through summer2019 - first time student units completed
Source:  Ohlone College Research and Planning

Fall 2019
Race/Ethnicity No. of Students Percentage
African-American 237 2.73%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 14 0.16%
Asian 3,264 37.65%
Filipino 838 9.67%
Hispanic 2,144 24.73%
Pacific Islander 71 0.82%
White Non-Hispanic 1,197 13.81%
Multi-Ethnicity 430 4.96%
Unknown 475 5.48%
Total 8,670 100%