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Data Nuggets

Data Nuggets appear monthly in the President's Weekly Briefing.

2015 Monthly Data Nuggets



The California Community College Chancellor’s Office produces the Student Success Scorecard each year to show student progress at each college and for all colleges combined. Each of the metrics tracks students across 6 years, so the most recent results are based on the cohort that entered in 2008-09. The scorecard rates are also disaggregated by gender, race/ethnicity, and students who are prepared for college and those who need remediation. Some state funding is now dependent on tracking and improving on these success indicators and results must be reported to colleges’ board of trustees. Click here to see the results.



Results of the formal evaluation of the Mini-Medical School (MMS) are in, and they affirm the event’s success. There were 207 community members at the event held on Saturday, January 24, at the James Dunn Theatre. The half-day program on the science of aging well was hosted by COM’s Community Education Department in partnership with the UC Davis School of Medicine.  Four highly respected medical experts from UC Davis spoke about the anatomy of aging, the aging mind, heart health, and nutrition. Of those present, 188 participants responded to the evaluation survey; a 91 percent response rate. The response was overwhelmingly positive:


You can now find student and faculty responses to all Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) questions on the PRIE website. As PRIE continues to explore these data, brief topic-focused reports will be posted there as well, such as the one that shows us how College of Marin differs from other colleges. This report compares COM to two national groups of community colleges and a small group of San Francisco Bay Area community colleges that participated in the CCSSE survey. Take a look to see how we measure up.


2014 Monthly Data Nuggets



College of Marin’s strategic plan calls for developing courses and services that allow for anytime/anywhere delivery. According to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) results from spring 2014, approximately 90 percent of COM students prefer to register for classes, review their account, and manage other college-related business using computers and smartphones. Additional findings about our students’ use of information technology will be presented in various college forums and posted on the PRIE website.



Helping more students accomplish their educational goals is key to our mission and a major focus of our strategic plan. One high-impact practice that improves students’ chances of success is new student orientation. According to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) results from spring 2014, COM students were less likely than the national sample to participate in orientation (40 percent vs. 62 percent). These kinds of data can help us decide how to intervene so that our students and our College succeed. Look for the complete CCSSE data to be posted on the Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website in November. Also, the CCSSE results will be shared with various campus groups to foster discussion and action.


One of College of Marin’s strategic plan objectives is to implement teaching and learning strategies that improve student success. Students working together on projects in class is an active and collaborative learning best practice that is known to help students succeed.
According to the results of the 2014 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a higher percentage of COM students work on class projects together than do students in the national comparison group (58% versus 50%).
Watch for additional interesting results from this survey to be provided in the near future.
Source: 2014 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
This data nugget has been brought to you by the Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE).



Do you know…?
To which California public university did the largest number of COM students transfer in 2012-13?
      A.  University of California, Berkeley
      B. California State University, East Bay
      C. San Francisco State University
      D. Sonoma State University

Answer: D. San Francisco State University (55 students)
For the Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness’ information source for this nugget or for more related transfer information, please see Student Transfers to UC and CSU Institutions from College of Marin, 2000-2001 through 2012-2013.


What percentage of the annual goals for the 2013-14 action steps of COM's Strategic Plan 2012-2015 were achieved?
      A.  34%
      B.  58%
      C.  63%
      D.  76%

Answer: D. 76%

Sources: The Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness and the Educational Planning Committee


Do you know how many credit course sections College of Marin is offering at Kentfield, IVC and online this summer?

     A.   90 at KTD, 45 at IVC and 0 online

     B.  73 at KTD, 38 at IVC and 6 online

     C.  26 at KTD, 30 at IVS and 4 online

Answer: B  (The figures in choice c reflect the numbers for summer 2013.)


Do you know the graduation rate of the full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students who entered College of Marin in Fall 2010 and completed a degree or certificate within three years?

     A.  10-19%

     B.  20-29%

     C. 30-39%

     D. 40-49%

Answer:  C. 30%

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rates 2013-14, see page 12 - link listed as second item under the May 2014 Data Nugget on the College’s Data Nugget web page.


Do you know what percentage of first-time students who entered the College in 2007-2008 have either earned a degree or certificate, transferred to a 4-year institution, or completed 60 UC/CSU transfer credits (as defined in the Scorecard produced by the Chancellor’s Office)?
      A. 20-29%
      B. 30-39%
      C. 40-49%
      D. 50-59%

Answer: D. 54%    ( The Statewide average is 48%. The highest rate for California Community College Districts is Foothill-De Anza with a rate of 66%.)
Source: California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Data Mart. The 2007-2008 cohorts of students was tracked to see if they attained a degree or certificate, completed 60 UC/CSU credits or transferred by 2012-2013.  (


Do you know what percentage of credit students at College of Marin are enrolled in at least one Distance Learning class for spring 2014?
      A.   0% - 4.9%
      B.  5.0% - 9.9%
      C.  10.0% - 14.9%
      D.  15.0%- 19.9%
Answer: C. 11.3%
Source: Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE)

February(…a fun test of your knowledge about our customers…and a chance to learn to understand them better through data)
Background:  Below are some of the educational goals on COM’s Credit Application for Admissions form from which students taking credit classes are asked to select as representative of their purpose in attending COM.
Question:  Which two goals showed an overall total increase of credit student selection in fall 2013 over fall 2012 (despite the decrease in enrollment during this same period)?

Answers (from largest to smallest increase):
      1) 4-year college student taking courses to meet 4-year requirements
      2) Maintain certificate or license



Which age group below comprised the second largest percentage of students enrolled in College of Marin for fall 2013, fall 2012, fall 2011, fall 2010, fall 2009 and fall 2008?
      A. Under 21 years old
      B . 21-24 years old
      C . 25-34 years old
      D.  35-44 years old
      E.  45-54 years old
      F.  55+ years
Answer: C
(Source: College of Marin Enrollment Report Fall 2013, September 17, 2013)


2013 Monthly Data Nuggets


Number of warm wishes for good health, happiness and wonderful holidays which the Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) extends to you


Number of veterans enrolled this fall semester


Percentage of increase of number of degrees and certificates awarded from 2011-2012 academic year to 2012-2013 academic year


Ages of youngest and oldest currently enrolled credit/noncredit students (fall 2013)


Percentage of Strategic Plan's action steps accomplished for 2012-2013

Number of Participatory Governance System Opportunities

Area COM exceeded State average (COM's Student Success Scorecard 2013)

Time to Degree (COM's Student Success Scorecard 2013)

COM priorities and Your Role (short survey in 03.27.2013 President's Weekly Briefing); results

(Nugget Factory production efforts reallocated to EPC/Strategic Plan Tracking Project)

Overall Course Success Rate - Spring 2012

Archived Data Nuggets

Archived Data Nuggets prior to 2013



Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE)

Content Responsible: Christina Leimer, Ph.D., Executive Director of PRIE and Accreditation Liaison Officer, 415.485.9545
Technical Contact: Barbara Olson, Interim Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director, 415.485.9570