Cerro Coso is committed to improving processes to increase retention, persistence, course success, program completion & transfer while closing equity gaps.
We recognize the many obstacles and challenges our students face in being able to complete their academic goals.
These are just some data suggesting there is much more work needed to improve student equity and achievement outcomes.
Data is from the Office of Institutional Research
The California Community College Chancellor's Office recently introduced a new Student-Centered Funding Formula that compels colleges to focus on equity and achievement. Part of our allocation is "…based on outcomes that include the number of students earning associate degrees and credit certificates, the number of students transferring to four-year colleges and universities, the number of students who complete transfer-level math and English within their first year, the number of students who complete nine or more career education units and the number of student who have attained the regional living wage."
Like other California Community Colleges, Cerro Coso has been focusing on improving student achievement and success for many years using models and initiatives such as Basic Skills Transformation, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), Achieving the Dream, Strong Workforce Program, and California Promise. Guided Pathways offers a framework that integrates the best of these initiatives with a clear directive to improve the student experience through the lens of equity.
Guided Pathways provides our students with clear program and career pathways that include high-touch, just-in-time, wraparound student supports to guide them toward successfully completing their educational goals on schedule. Guided Pathways provides our institution with a structure of inquiry and accountability to better implement and scale our efforts to improve the student experience through the lens of equity.