VOLUME 2, NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY 2004 WELCOME to the February 2004 edition of RP Perspectives, the newsletter of the RP Group. This is the electronic newsletter containing RP Group projects, activities, and events. Feel free to forward this message to your colleagues. RP GROUP BOARD MEETING The RP Group Board met at the Peralta Community College District Office in Oakland on Friday, January 16. The Board reviewed and unanimously adopted revisions to the by-laws proposed by a subcommittee of Board members. The revisions clarify important dates in the RP Group calendar, modify the responsibilities of officers and include the Center for Student Success in the by-laws. The Executive members of the Board will continue to work on additional changes, including simplifying the language throughout; clarifying duties of executive officers; providing language to permit officers to delegate; adding the responsibility of maintaining/updating the by-laws to an executive officer's duties; clarifying the election process of officers and at-large directors; clarifying the role of the nominations and elections committee; rethinking term limits; and adding a section to recognize ex-officio positions. Additional issues included the Center for Student Success; conference plans for 2004-05; reports on conferences, workshops and Student Learning Outcomes series; and updates on Academic Senate Research Committee, Student Services Council, Science of Learning Project, Learning Assessment Listserv, Enrollment Planning Group, State of RP Group in the California Community Colleges Survey, and the Chancellor's Office and Community College League of California. If members have issues they would like the Board to consider, please contact your representative. Board members are listed on the RP Group website at http://www.rpgroup.org/Membership/rp-member-board.htm. RP GROUP OFFICERS FOR 2004-2005 At the RP Group Board conference call meeting of February 4, the Board approved the results of the election of board officers. The 2004-2005 officers are: President-Elect, Ken Meehan Vice President, North, Michelle Kalina Vice President, South, Rick Axelson Information Officer, Bob Gabriner Secretary/Treasurer, Michelle Barton Conference Chair, Cyndie Sine Conference Co-Chair, Virginia Moran The complete list of officers for 2004-2005 includes: President, Andreea Serban Past President, Harriett Robles RP GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE II: COLLABORATION IN THE NEW AGE OF OUTCOMES The CISOA/RP Group Spring 2004 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Islandia in San Diego on Mission Bay, February 22-25. The Conference will feature a day of RP Group presentations on February 23, along with meetings of Information Systems Users Groups. The conference will also include a special collaborative session, "Beginning a Conversation on Data Integrity," featuring panelists from the Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA), the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges, and the Chancellor's Office Technology, Research, and Information Systems division. RP Group members may attend the entire conference for $600 (including 3 nights at the Hyatt, 7 meals and entry to the breakout and general sessions) or the Monday session for $100, including all meals. Information on the RP Group presentations may be accessed at http://www.rpgroup.org/Events/Conference_2003-04/2003-04Phase2-RP_AnnualConf-Program- 02-23-04.pdf. Conference registration information is available at http://www.cisoa.org/areas/conference.htm. RP GROUP STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES WORKSHOPS The RP Group is co-sponsoring a yearlong series of workshops on The Practice of Assessing Student Learning. The focus of the workshop includes three strands: Organizational Good Practices, Assessment at the Course and Program Level, and Assessment in Student Services. The workshop at Ventura College in Ventura on April 2 is still open. Co-sponsors include the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Association of Instructional Administrators, California Assessment Institute, Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, Chief Instructional Officers of the California Community Colleges, and Chief Student Services Officers. Registration information is available at http://www.rpgroup.org/Events/2003-04_LearnOutcomesWorkshops/SLORegistrationForm-2003- 04.pdf. RP GROUP DRIVE-IN WORKSHOPS The RP Group will host a series of workshops this spring. The first of these workshops, "Beginning and Advanced Topics in SPSS," will be held at Fullerton College on March 26. The second, "Best Practices in Health Occupations," will be held at Peralta Community College District Office on March 19, Butte College on March 25, and Riverside Community College District Office on April 2. The final workshop, "Beginning and Advanced Brio Query," will be held at Irvine Valley College on March 25. Registration information for these drive-in workshops is available at: http://www.rpgroup.org/Events/rp-events-workshops.htm. RP GROUP SURVEY The RP Group is conducting an ongoing survey investigating the state of Research and Planning in the California Community Colleges. Part I, Tools and Competencies, has been distributed to RP Directors and explores the tools and competencies used and those needed by colleague offices. The purpose of the study is to gather current, comprehensive data to help state and local decision makers make better informed decisions about the future of Institutional Research and Planning Offices, as well as to draw comparisons with previously conducted research studies. Part II will be distributed later in the spring. Jerry Rudmann has joined this project. For more information about this project, please contact Odette Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jerry Rudmann at email@example.com. RP GROUP ONLINE RESEARCH AND PLANNING TOOLBOX An electronic reference guide for institutional researchers and planners is now a reality. The Toolbox is available on the RP Group website. Please complete the evaluation of the reference guide. For more information, contact Odette Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org. CENTER FOR STUDENT SUCCESS The Center for Student Success (CSS) is a research and evaluation center affiliated with the RP Group and supported by researchers, planners and practitioners in the California community colleges. CSS recently received $35,000 from the Health Care Initiative and $100,000 from a California Wellness Foundation grant. The CSS identifies and disseminates effective practices in California's community colleges. The CSS web site provides access to the CSS's findings and features successful practices developed by community college practitioners in six knowledge areas: * Student Success: From basic skills to transfer - tools and strategies to improve student success * Diversity: From internships to curriculum integration - case studies from colleges around the state * Teaching & Pedagogy: From active learning to use of internet resources - tools and strategies to improve student engagement and learning * Learning Assessment: From basic skills to student development - tools and strategies on how to assess student learning * Planning: From program to Education Master Planning - tools and strategies on planning * Evaluation: From curriculum to program evaluation - tools and strategies on evaluation Visit and register at the Center for Student Success website at http://css.rpgroup.org/. CALIFORNIA PARTNERSHIP FOR ACHIEVING STUDENT SUCCESS (Cal-PASS) The Cal-PASS project is growing. To date, more than 350 institutions have signed agreements with Cal-PASS. The AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has just joined Cal-PASS and has formally endorsed the project. To find out more about Cal-PASS, visit the website at: www.cal-pass.org. INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS A series of professional development workshops in Instructional Program Assessment and Program Improvement will be held throughout the spring. The workshops are based on resources presented in the "Instructional Program Improvement Resource Guide," developed through a collaboration of instructional deans, faculty and researchers. Workshops are sponsored by the local Workforce Development Consortia of the California Community Colleges Association of Occupational Education. The "Instructional Program Improvement Resource Guide" is available at: http://www.cccco.edu/divisions/esed/voced/resources/faq/pirg-full_doc.pdf. LEARNING ASSESSMENT LISTSERV The RP Group has initiated a learning assessment listserv for the discussion of the assessment of student learning. The moderated listserv presents discussion pieces from researchers and practitioners in a variety of academic areas. Recent presentations have included thoughtful discussions of assessment in the areas of biology, English and mathematics. Each presentation includes a list of resources. To subscribe to the Learning_Assessment Listserv: Send an e-mail message to Listerv@Listserv.cccnext.net Do not put any words in the subject area. In the body of the e-mail message, Mary Smith would write the following: subscribe LearningAssessment Mary Smith. When sending the message, substitute your first and last names in place of "Mary Smith" To access the LearningAssessment Listserv archive: Go to http://listserv.cccnext.net/scripts/wa.exe?REPORT&Z=3 Click on Server Archives (on left column of page) Click on LearningAssessment You will have a list of all the postings at this point from which to choose.