FAIRFIELD — Navigating through the accreditation process has created a new information system to help track student progress at Solano College.
The college was given nine points to improve by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. One of those includes making more evidence-based decisions, rather than relying on opinion and anecdotes.
At Wednesday’s Solano College Board of Trustees meeting, President Jowel Laguerre said results from the commission’s visit in October would be announced in early February.
Peter Cammish, director of research and planning, presented a new system that will track the failures and successes of students. Using data from individual students dating back to 2008, a website has been created for instructors that is also open to the public.
Cammish said data will show how well a student did who took a certain prior course, compared with one who didn’t. Instructors can also track the progress of students who leave their course and look at how well they did in the next class. He said instructors can tailor their lesson plans based on what was previously taught before the student arrived in that class.
“That’s more important to look at that sequence,” Cammish said before the meeting. “It’s about giving instructors access to the information. It’s putting the right info in the right hands.”
Other areas the reports track include success in online courses, when students sign up or drop classes, and failure rates.
Cammish, when asked, said he didn’t know of any other colleges that tracks such specific data.
“I’ve never seen anything so thorough at this institution,” said Trustee Rosemary Thurston.
The information can be found at www.solano.edu/research_planning/interactive_data.php.
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