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Research Reports

This page will serve as a repository for research reports compiled by the Porterville College Office of Institutional Research. It will include some reports that are created annually and others that may be done on an ad hoc basis.

Annual Reports

Awards and Transfers. A few documents are provided here. The first provides degree and certificate information for the past several years, including a couple of demographics. It is compiled for all three colleges in the Kern Community College District. The second file contains annual transfer data for all three KCCD colleges. The third is a link to the Research, Assessment, and Planning office at CSU-Fresno, our largest transfer college. It includes a comparison of progress of transfer students from several community colleges. For a bit more on how our transfer students do after leaving PC, see the community college academic performance report page provided by the CSU system at http://asd.calstate.edu/performance/index.shtml. You can also see how transfer students did in the UC system on the admissions by source school page at https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/admissions-source-school.

Associates Degrees and Certificates 2007-08 to 2016-17

Student Transfers to UC, CSU, ISP, and OOS 2007-08 to 2016-17

Fresno State-California Community College Main Feeders (interactive dashboard)

Elements of Student Success. In 2013, the colleges in the Kern Community College District joined Achieving the Dream (ATD) and the KCCD IRR office started providing disaggregated student success data for ATD student success metrics. Originally, all the metrics were in three-year cohorts, which was more useful than the six-year cohorts in the state’s Student Success Scorecard. The colleges designed interventions to improve student success but it was difficult to evaluate the interventions when we had to wait three years to see whether the results for the current cohort improved. In an effort to provide more actionable information, the KCCD IRR office created the ESS reporting which combines long-term outcomes (from ATD metrics) with short-term milestones (initially from the AACC Pathways project). This new reporting allows colleges to evaluate both short-term milestones and long-term outcomes to assess whether interventions are having a positive impact on student success trends. You can view the full report for Porterville College at Elements of Student Success 2018 Edition. Click here for more information about the Achieving the Dream program.

Enrollment Yield by Service Area High School. This report represents the number and percent of high school graduates enrolled on census day during the first fall semester after high school graduation to any college within the district.

High School Enrollment Yield Fall 2013 to Fall 2017

Profile of Entering High School Students. These documents provide demographic information on entering high school students. In addition, we include some data showing a small handful of other data, such as common majors and degrees and certificates awarded to students from each high school.  Note that while we have data for nearly all schools, we only publicly post reports for the four high schools from which the college regularly gets at least 30 incoming students per year.

Granite Hills High School

Harmony Magnet Academy

Monache High School

Porterville High School


Student Success Scorecard (Formally ARCC). This report provides accountability information Porterville College on several important measures and is compiled by the Chancellor's Office with a self-assessment provided by the college. The link below is to the KCCD webite.

Student Success Scorecard (Formally ARCC) KCCD Page

Student Right To Know. This report provides data on completion and transfer rates as required by the Student-Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542). Because the SRTK cohorts are very small, the data in these reports is of limited usefulness.

Student Right to Know, Fall 2014 cohort

Ad Hoc Reports

Fall 2018 Poverty Presentation: This is a presentation from October 12, 2018 in which we provided local data on poverty and related issues.  The presentation was a preface and provided context to a presentation by Horatio Sanchez, called "Poverty's Impact on the Brain."


Where's My Data? (Fall 2018 Flex Presentation): This is a presentation from flex days in fall 2018 in which we provided links to a variety of data sources that can be used to help students or programs at PC, including ones from within our college and district, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, and other educational and community resources.

English Contract Type Cohort Study: English faculty were interested in whether the contract type (full or part-time) had an impact on student success in developmental sequences. Results show a need for norming efforts to include both groups of faculty.

Transfer Students to CSU-Fresno: This report, based on a series of dashboards provided by the CSU, Fresno Office of Institutional Effectiveness, compares how Porterville College transfer students perform at CSUF with transfers from other community colleges.

Student Support (Re)Defined: This was a project by the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group), supported by the Kresge Foundation. The project included a statewide survey of students from 12 community colleges, including Porterville College and focus groups gathering information on what students believe is most important in their success. On April 19th, 2013, nine Porterville College employees attended a 'convening' at Fresno City College, another participant in the project. There are a number of tangible results of the project. Among them:

For more information about the Student Support (Re)Defined Project, visit the project's web site.

Enrollment Management Presentation, Fall 2012 Flex Days: This is a brief presentation done for the fall 2012 flex days. It goes over a bit of enrollment management terminology and presents some trends along with the goals recently established in the Porterville College Enrollment Management Plan. The presentation began with a short quizthat was completed by discussion at each table. A small prize went to the table that got the most quiz answers right.

ARCC-SPAR Study: This study, conducted by the entire KCCD District Institutional Research Team (DIRT) used data from the Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC) Student Progress and Achievement (SPAR) files, in concert with data from our own data warehouse to examine factors that contribute to student success. There are three files available from this study. The first is a presentation made to the KCCD Chancellor's Cabinet in August of 2011 on the project. The second is a similar presentation made to the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges (RP Group) conference in April 2012. Lastly, for those wanting to look just at the statistics (presented as odds ratios) we include the one-page results table.

Leadership Academy Presentation: District Student Profile This Powerpoint Presentation, made to the KCCD Leadership Academy on February 26th, 2010 profiles demographic information about students in the Kern Community College District, programs serving students, and information about the communities we serve.

Leadership Academy Presentation: Research and Planning in the KCCD This Powerpoint Presentation, made to the KCCD Leadership Academy on February 26th, 2010 provides an overview of the Research and Planning function of the district, the staff involved, the types of projects we do and challenges we face in the future.

English Cohort Study In this report, we track English writing students from the lowest level through the highest and answer a few other questions regarding student progression in writing. The report is provided as a PowerPoint presentation.

Academic Calendar Study Porterville College switched from a traditional 17.5-week academic calendar to a 16-week one in fall 2006. The Senate requested information, including a faculty survey and data review, to evaluate the impact of the change.

Baby Boomer stats This report, provided for the president in fall 2004, describes demographics and other information regarding Porterville College students of the 'baby boomer' generation (those born between 1946 and 1964).

Alternative Calendar Survey Report This document is a copy of a paper presented by Porterville College's Director of Institutional Research, Michael Carley at the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges conference in Spring 2005. It presents the results of a student and faculty survey regarding possible implementation of an alternative (compressed) 16-week calendar.

Partnership for Excellence Status Report This report was completed in fall 2001 as a way of updating the KCCD Chancellor's Cabinet on the progress the district and its colleges have made toward meeting the goals of the Partnership for Excellence program.

August 30, 2018