Cerro Coso Community College

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College Goals

Cerro Coso Community College has established the following goals that relate to various aspects of the college in concert with our mission.

Strategic Goal 1: Maximize Student Success

Objective 1: Improve Onboarding

2014 2017 2020 Target
Decrease the percentage of enrollments dropped before the first day of class 22% 20% 18%
Decrease the percentage of students dropped from all CC courses before the first day of class 19.1% 16.7% 13%
Decrease the percentage of enrollments dropped between first day and census day 24% 18% 15%
Decrease the percentage of students dropped from all CC courses between first day and census 14.0% 10.1% 9%
Increase the percentage of students completing assessment testing as part of onboarding 50.5% 66.8% 70%
Increase the percentage of students completing advisement/counseling as part of onboarding 55.6% 56.6% 65%
Increase the percentage of students completing abbreviated educational plans as part of onboarding 30.5% 40.9% 50%
Increase the percentage of students completing orientation as part of onboarding 52.3% 59.9% 65%

Objective 2: Improve Momentum Toward Students' End Goals

2015 2017 2020 Target
Increase the percentage of students completing comprehensive educational plans in first term 8.5% 10.3% 15%
2014 2017 2020 Target
Increase the average number of credits per semester attempted by degree-seeking students 8.76 8.81 10.0
Increase the average number of credits per semester earned by degree-seeking students 5.59 6.06 7. 0
2013 2016 2019 Target
Increase the percentage of first-time degree seeking students completing 6 to 11.9 credits in first semester 31.8% 40.2% 42%
Increase the percentage of first-time degree seeking students completing 12 to 14.9 credits in first semester 8.8% 14.7% 17%
Increase the percentage of first-time degree seeking students completing 15 to 23.9 credits in first year 18.0% 28.1% 32%
Increase the percentage of first-time degree seeking students completing 24 to 29.9 credits in first year 7. 0 % 11.6% 14%
Increase the percentage of first-time degree seeking students completing 30 or more credits in one year 1.5% 2.8% 5%
Increase the percentage of first-time degree seeking students persisting from term 1 to term 2 1.9% 61.0% 66%
2012 2015 2018 Target
Increase the percentage of first-time degree seeking students persisting from term 1 to term 3 41.2% 36.4% 45%

Strategic Goal 2: Narrow Equity Gaps

Goal #2 is directly related to Goal #1. Since it is important and necessary for the college to improve onboarding and momentum toward students' end goals, it is important and necessary that it does so for all students. Goal #2 therefore sets the same targets as Goal #1 but does so from the standpoint of monitoring performance and progress made by all student groups, including traditionally underrepresented groups. For some of these metrics, traditionally underrepresented groups have not historically performed as well, and this is called the equity gap. Goal #2 ensures the college is monitoring these gaps, designing improvements, implementing concrete action plans, and making progress on narrowing them with the ultimate goal of closing them altogether.

To this end, all metrics in Goal #1 are being disaggregated by ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, veteran status, foster youth status, and first-generation status. During the three-year period of this plan, as the college annually reviews its performance on improving onboarding and momentum towards students' end goals in the aggregate, it will also review the equity gaps. The college is aligned with the California Community College system's Vision for Success and committed to reducing equity gaps by 40% within 5 years and eliminate such gaps altogether with 10 years.

For the college's current performance on equity gaps, visit the Strategic Planning page of the college website.

Strategic Goal 3: Ensure Student Access

Objective #1: Optimize Student Enrollment

2014 2017 2020 Target
Increase Full-Time Equivalent Students 2,912 2,845 3,100
Increase the number of students taking at least one class at the Main Campus in Ridgecrest 1,784 1,458 1,600
Increase the number of students taking at least one class at East Kern 146 1,037 1,200
Increase the number of students taking at least one class at Eastern Sierra College Center Bishop 354 298 325
Increase the number of students taking at least one class at Eastern Sierra College Center Mammoth Lakes 291 224 250
Stabilize the number of students taking at least one class at the Kern River Valley Extension in Lake Isabella 370 304 300
Stabilize the number of students taking at least one class with CC-Online 6,156 6,020 6,000
2013 2016 2019 Target
Increase the number of first-time degree seeking students taking 12-14.9 units in their first term 252 227 265
Increase the number of first-time degree seeking students taking 15 or more units in their first term 39 44 57
2014 2017 2020 Target
Increase the number of high school students taking college classes at CC (concurrent enrollment) 304 871 1,000
2013 2017 2020 Target
Increase the number of high school students taking college classes with CC on their high school campuses (dual enrollment) 74 482 600
2016 2017 2020 Target
Increase the number of incarcerated students taking at least one class with CC 84 376 1,000

Strategic Goal 4: Enhance Community Connections

Objective #1: Improve Workforce Programs that Respond to Local Industry

2014 2017 2020 Target
Increase the number of Career Technical Education degrees and certificates awarded 236 327 400
Increase the number of individual students who complete a CTE degree or certificate 123 208 250
Increase the number of annual enrollments in CTE courses 9,327 10,416 11,000
Increase the number of students completing 12 or more CTE units in their first year 351 367 375

Objective #2: Reflect the Communities We Serve

2016 2017 2020 Target
Increase the proportion of males applying for college employment to the same proportion in the general population 0.58 0.76 1.00

Strategic Goal 5: Strengthen Organizational Effectiveness

Objective #1: Improve Effective Professional Development

Increase the percentage of “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” responses to the following questions:

Question 2013 2016 2020
I have been provided adequate training to do my work 80% 77% 82%
There are opportunities at the college to learn and grow 68% 68% 74 %
The college provides encouragement and support for professional growth and development 68% 75% 80%
My immediate supervisor encourages my professional growth and development 78% 80% 81%

Objective #2: Reflect the Communities We Serve

Increase the percentage of “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” responses to the following questions:

Question 2013 2016 2020
My immediate supervisor keeps me informed of issues relevant to my job 72% 76% 80%
My immediate supervisor asks for my input before making decisions that affect my work 72% 71% 80%
I feel valued as an employee of the college 69% 75% 80%
I feel consulted and listened to regarding decisions in the workplace 64% 70% 80%
I feel interactions with my immediate supervisor are positive or very positive 76% 77% 80%

Objective #3: Improve Participatory Governance

Increase the percentage of “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” responses to the following questions:

Question 2013 2016 2020
Relevant information affecting the college is communicated throughout the organization 67% 66% 75%
My representatives in governance committees adequately inform me about important college issues 73% 78% 80%
My representatives on governance committees ask for my input on important issues 65% 69% 75%
Information flows well upward through the organizational structure 51% 68% 75%
Information flows well downward through the organizational structure 48% 56% 65%
I understand the decision-making process at the college 55% 75% 80%
The decision-making process at the college is effective 52% 67% 75%

Objective #4: Improve Facilities and Maintenance

Increase the percentage of “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” responses to the following questions:

Question 2013 2016 2020 Target
The college where I work is adequately maintained 72% 70% 75%
The environment in which I work is conducive to productivity 55% 70% 75%
The college or location where I work is attractive 88% 69% 80%
The college or location where I work is kept clean 91% 84% 90%
Question 2014 2017 2020 Target
Improve the percentage of work orders completed 88% 76% 95%

Objective #5: Improve Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Increase the percentage of “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” responses to the following questions:

Question 2013 2016 2020 Target
I feel safe at my work location 85% 86% 90%

For more details see the complete Strategic Plan 2019-2021

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