Theresa Tena

Theresa Tena, Executive Vice Chancellor

Central Valley-Piloted Initiative Aims to Improve Student Readiness

As our work with Guided Pathways continues to evolve and progress, it’s important to remember that the flashpoint for improving student success outcomes at our colleges occurs well before freshman enrollment.

It doesn’t matter how much debris we manage to clear from our college pathways if our students can’t make it to the on-ramp in the first place. That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) and the CSU system to grow the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI).

From the satellite view, CCGI is a broad, data-driven effort to ensure that K-12 students are not only prepared for college, but also motivated by deep-rooted academic and career goals. The initiative aims to accomplish this by moving data to colleges in a centralized electronic format that streamlines analysis and the application of placement rules, and by using that data to make timely recommendations for guidance and placement.

Currently, more than 600,000 California students have an account on the CCGI-managed CaiforniaColleges.edu website, with more than two-thirds of those maintaining active transcripts.

For CCGI Executive Director Tessa Carmen De Roy, it’s a little like going to the doctor: “We think of a student’s transcript like a patient’s medical records,” she says. “If the receiving doctor doesn’t know their history, it makes the process of diagnosing and treating a patient much more difficult.”

It makes sense, and it’s directly in line with our pathways philosophy at the postsecondary level.

The CVHEC, with support from the Chancellor’s Office and the CSU system, has committed the Central Valley to serve as the pilot region for CCGI implementation and planning. The colleges in the CVHEC are known for their fine work in facilitating student pathways, and we couldn’t be happier with their participation.

Perhaps most exciting for our community colleges is the harmony between the CCGI’s CaliforniaColleges.edu website and our own CCCApply portal. The partnership allows high school seniors to seamlessly access their applications through an existing and familiar web portal that has ideally been tracking and motivating the outcome for years.

For our colleges, this is something of a dream fulfilled.

“For decades, [we’ve] wanted a system that moves student data in relatively real time, so that decisions made about enrolling, guiding and placing students are informed by accurate, timely and actionable data,” says De Roy. “In essence, we are helping students ‘choose their path.’”