Consider the BC data on student affairs services for first-time students. New legislation requires a target of 100% full matriculation for incoming students. While BC has been steadily increasing this service, it is dependent on many things, including the next metric (student to counselor ratio).
|Population||Thumbs Up||Thumbs Down||Hang Loose|
|BC Classified Staff||31%||46%||23%|
These data are derived form the Bakersfield College data warehouse. Beginning with Summer and Fall 2014, these student affairs metrics will receive new coding in order to track this work and tie it to funding. The CCCCO and legislature have determined that 100% of the new first time students will need to be fully matriculated.
This means all first-time, full-time students need to have orientation, assessment, student education plans, counseling and follow-up. This presents a great challenge for student affairs areas that have been cut back during the economic down-turn.
For more information see http://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/StudentServices/Matriculation.aspx
To do this we need more staff, more student development courses, more workshops, training to ensure this work is captured in SARS and banner, and a DW that is fully functional and working.
We must meet the standard if we want to be in compliance, however to increase by 70% may be unrealistic in 2 years.
We are doing a good job addressing this. We need to continue and set a target that we can celebrate as we work our way to 100% with inadequate people to deal with all the students.
Our focus for the last 10 years has been to use student bodies to generate FTES for funding without asking the question "does this student actually need this class" to meet their educational goals.
50% is reasonable but requires work. We improved this number by 13% over the past 2 years. We would have to bump it up by 21% over the next 2 years. This will be HARD, but isn't completely impossible, if we attain proper district 'buy in', in the form of hiring sufficient advisors to meet this goal. One point. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish THIS data had been listed/available for comparison BEFORE I had to evaluate our 6 year cohort successes. I now see that less than 15% of them had any planning. That helps to explain poor 6-year outcomes.
I have very little faith in our counseling dept.
You can lead a horse to water...
I'd love us to be able to provide ed plans for all students. If that's what the college wants, then start hiring. We need 20 counselors and 15 ed advisors. Time to put money behind your goals. Stop trying to get more and more out of exhausted people and then act surprised when they retire, go out on disability, take another job or just burn out.Back to Top
Degree and Certificate templates are being completed now, this will help students.
I feel that many students are just "spinning their wheels". Counseling is a key to success.
We need more counselors, more student development classes, and more faculty trained on how to advise students.
We are well on our way with the development of student ed plans. Faculty will need to get involved because there are not enough counselors/advisors to get the job done.
Get everyone involved.
We need more training and involvement in the process.
We need to tie ed plans to general registration status and to financial aid. After two semesters with no ed plan, then no financial aid and get lowest registration priority level.
Instructors should require students to complete an ed plan as a part of their class. ALL students should be required to have one before they sign up for classes their 2nd semester.
The district needs to invest in counselors and faculty who can teach thorough orientation classes during a student's first year at BC.
We need to hire more counselors in order to increase completion of Ed plans.Back to Top
I need to know exactly what the new legislation demands. What is the time frame for the ed plan; first semester, first year, before attending any classes?
A new student completes the required student ed plan during her first semester. She is 18, and she thinks she wants to become a nurse because she likes helping people. She faithfully completes the plan and buckles down to take all the pre-nursing requirements because she is told to stick to her ed plan no matter what or she won't be able to get into the program. After a year and a half at BC, she decides against nursing as a career. Unsure of what to major in, and having no one counselor to turn to, this bright, confused student decides to drop out of college until she figures out what she wants to do with her life. Perhaps if she had never filled out that student ed plan, which was a state requirement, she might have been able to explore other classes--and other career options--during her first year of college. State requirements for student ed plans do not ensure student success. All these requirements do is ensure that data on student ed plans will be part of a college survey.Back to Top