Student Success Metrics

What is Student Success Metrics?

To provide a holistic approach to the California community colleges’ work on student success, the Chancellor’s Office worked with a broadly representative group of practitioners to develop Student Success Metrics.

Organized around common goals such as adult education/ESL, short-term career education, and degree/transfer, the metrics capture progression along students’ educational journey from recruitment to completion, transfer, and the workforce.

Student Success Metrics pinpoint critical milestones and accomplishments that align with the Vision for Success and the Student Centered Funding Formula, and integrate metrics associated with various initiatives and funding streams.

What types of metrics are included?

The metrics focus on six critical points in students’ journeys. The specific metrics within each point vary based on the students’ goals.

  1. Successful Enrollment
  2. Learning Progress
  3. Momentum
  4. Success
  5. Employment
  6. Earnings

Summarizing the Metrics Infographic

Comparison of Metrics Across Initiatives

Where can I see the Student Success Metrics?

Student Success Metrics are summarized in a new dashboard. A beta version of the dashboard was released in November 2018. The second build, which will include updated data definitions and disaggregated results, will be released on January 31, 2019. Input will be gathered during the 2018-19 academic year to optimize the way information is displayed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Priority Metrics Comparison

Data Element Dictionary

Changes in Definitions

How were the Simplified Metrics developed?

The Student Success Metrics Work Group provides recommendations on possible system‐wide metrics, which inform the ultimate measures and data definitions implemented by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The workgroup is broadly representative of the system so that it can provide perspectives from various college roles, including presidents, chief instructional officers, chief student services officers, chief budget officers, deans, institutional researchers, faculty, career and technical education, and adult education. Research support is provided to the work group by a committee made up of Chancellor’s Office staff and research experts who have been involved in the development of other systemwide metrics. 

Questions about the Student Success Metrics Work Group can be directed to Visiting Senior Executive, Omid Pourzanjani at

Committee Members

Michelle Barton
Sr. Director Planning, Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Grants at Palomar College
Kate Brown 
Program Coordinator and Faculty, Early Childhood Department, Skyline College
Jerry Buckley 
Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction, College of the Canyons
Edward Bush 
President, Cosumnes River College
Mandy Davies 
Vice President, Student Services, Sierra College 
David El Fattal 
Vice Chancellor, Business and Administration Services, Ventura County Community College District
Michelle Fischthal 
Vice President, Instructional Services, San Diego Continuing Education
KC Greaney 
Director of Institutional Research, Santa Rosa Junior College
Barry Gribbons 
Deputy Chancellor and Vice President of Institutional Development, College of the Canyons
Kim Hoffmans 
Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Learning, Ventura College
Louise Jaffe 
Trustee, Santa Monica College
Pamela Kersey 
Dean of Math, Science, and Engineering, Cuyamaca College
Nick Kremer 
Chair, Vocational Accountability and Research Advisory Committee 
Michelle Marquez 
Vice President, Administrative Services, Cañada College
Mojdeh Mehdizadeh 
President, Contra Costa College
Daylene Meuschke 
Associate Vice President, Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, College of the Canyons
Newin Orante 
Vice President, Student Services, Diablo Valley College
Rock Pfotenhauer 
Regional Consortia Chair, Bay Region
Valentina Purtell 
Provost, North Orange Continuing Education
Brian Sanders 
Vice President of Instruction, Yosemite College
John Stanskas 
Chemistry Faculty, Santa Barbara College/President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Linda Wah 
Trustee, Pasadena Community College District

Research Support Committee

Sara Adan 
Research Specialist, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Karen Beltramo 
Senior Project Manager, WestEd
Kathy Booth 
Project Director, Educational Data and Policy, WestEd
Jessica Chittaphong 
Program Coordinator, WestEd
Amparo Diaz 
Success Center Senior Policy Specialist, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Stacy Fisher
Manager, Senior Director of Policy Development, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Ryan Fuller 
Research Specialist, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Craig Hayward 
Dean, Institutional Effectiveness, Bakersfield College
Helen Ku 
Senior Data Scientist, Educational Results Partnership
Jill Leufgen 
Manager, Workforce and Economic Development Division, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Alyssa Nguyen 
Interim Director of Research and Evaluation, RP Group
Atsuko Nonoyama 
Research Specialist, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Elliott Rice 
Senior Data Scientist, Educational Results Partnership
Randy Tillery 
Project Director, Workforce Development and Post-Secondary Education, WestEd

Meeting Materials

Meeting Materials



Metrics Dashboard


Professional Development

In-person workshops and webinars are available across all seven California regions to provide colleges and districts with learning opportunities that help their efforts to support and advance toward the Vision for Success goals.