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Modesto Junior College
MJC East and West Campus open Monday, June 18. All classes and library services are in session. The following areas are closed: Pool, Men's PE, Gym, Library, North Drive, Practice Field. See information tent on East Campus for temporary class and library service locations.

Recommended Reading for Institutional Effectiveness

The following articles and reports from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University, along with selected academic journals literature references, are recommended for informed discussion about specific topics of strategic importance at Modesto Junior College. 

Overall reference for all of the CCRC reports below is the highly-recommended text by Bailey, Jaggars & Jenkins (2015), Redesigning America's Community Colleges


Guided Pathways

** MJC Research Brief: Implementing Guided Pathways--Findings from AACC Colleges

MJC Literature Review: Guided Pathways Assessment Literature (5-page summary)

* What Do Students Think of Guided Pathways?, by John Fink (CCRC, June 2017) [Full-text Available]

Implementing Guided Pathways: Early Insights from the AACJC Pathways Colleges, by Davis Jenkins, Hana Lahr & John Fink (CCRC, April 2017) [Full-text Available]

* The Need for Comprehensive Reform: From Access to Completion, by Thomas Bailey (CCRC, May 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Matching Talents to Careers: From Self-Directed to Guided Pathways, by Thomas BaileyDavis JenkinsClive Belfield & Elizabeth Kopko (CCRC, August 2016) [Full-text Available]

* What we Know about Guided Pathways by Thomas BaileyShanna Smith Jaggars & Davis Jenkins (CCRC Research Brief, March 2015) [Full-text Available]

Transfer and STEM Pathways and Success

** MJC Research Brief: Transfer Planning and Success Trends, by Scott Kerlin 

* The Effect of Earning an Associate Degree on Community College Transfer Students' Performance and Success at Four-Year Institutions, by Xueli Wang, Yating Chuang, & Bo McCready (Teachers' College Record, 2017) 

* Unrealized Potential: Community College Pathways to STEM Baccalaureate Programs, by Bahr, P.R., et. al. (Journal of Higher Education, May/June 2017) 

* Is it Really Cheaper to Start at a Community College? The Consequences of Inefficient Transfer for Community College Students Seeking Bachelor's Degrees, by Clive Belfield, John Fink, and Davis Jenkins (CCRC, May 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Strengthening Transfer Paths to a Bachelor's Degree: Strengthening Effective Two-Year to Four-Year College Partnerships, by Di Xu, Xiaotao Ran, John Fink, Davis Jenkins & Afet Dundar (CCRC, April 2017) [Full-text Available]

The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges, by Joshua Wyner, KC Deane, Davis Jenkins & John Fink (CCRC, May 2016, Updated May 2017) [Full-text Available]

*  Estimating the Productivity of Community Colleges in Paving the Road to Four-Year College Success, by Scott E. Carrell & Michal Kurlaender (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2016) [Full-text Available]

Tracking Transfer: New Measures of Institutional and State Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students Attain Bachelor's Degrees, by Davis Jenkins & John Fink (CCRC, 2016) [Full-text Available]

Examination of Factors that Predict Academic Adjustment and Success of Community College Transfer Students in STEM at 4-Year Institutions, by Carlos Lopez & Stephanie J. Jones (Community College Journal of Research and Practice, April 2016) 

* Pathway to a Baccalaureate in STEM Fields: Are Community Colleges a Viable Route and Does Early STEM Momentum Matter?, by Xueli Wang (Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2015)

Placement and Multiple Measures

* College Placement Strategies: Evolving Considerations and Practices, by Elizabeth Barnett & Vikash Reddy (CCRC, February 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Course Placement in Developmental Mathematics: Do Multiple Measures Work?, by Federick Ngo et. al, (University of Southern California USC Rossier, 2014) [Full-text Available]

* Using Multiple Measures to Improve Placement Accuracy in Community Colleges (CCRC, November 2016) [Full-text Available]

* Determining College Readiness in California's Community Colleges: A Survey of Assessment and Placement Policies, by Olga Rodriguez, Marisol Cuellar Media, and Hans Johnson (Public Policy institute of California, 2016) [Full-text Available]

* When College Students Start Behind, by Thomas Bailey & Shanna Smith Jaggars (CCRC, June 2016) [Full-text Available]

* How Can Placement Policy Improve Math Remediation Outcomes? Evidence from Experimentation in a Large California Community College, by Federick Ngo & Tatiana Melguizo (Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2016) 

Developmental/Basic Skills Mathematics

* Is Learning in Developmental Math Associated with Community College Outcomes? Christopher Quarles & Mickey Davis (Community College Review, January 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Math Requirement Fulfillment and Educational Success of Community College Students, Wang, X., et al. (Community College Review, April 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Assessing the First Two Years' Effectiveness of Statway®, Hiroyuki Yamada,& Anthony S. Bryk (Community College Review, July 2016) [Full-text Available]

* Modularization in Developmental Mathematics in Two States: Implementation and Early Outcomes, Susan Bickerstaff, Maggie P. Fay & Madeline Joy Trimble (CCRC, May 2016) [Full-text Available]

Advising Practices

* What we Know about Technology-Mediated Advising Reform, by Hoori Santikian KalamkarianMelinda Mechur Karp & Elizabeth Ganga (CCRC, February 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Early Momentum Metrics: Why they Matter for College Improvement, by Davis Jenkins and Thomas Bailey (CCRC, February 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Academic Advising and Persistence Intentions of Community College Students in their First Weeks in College, by Deryl K. Hatch & Crystal E. Garcia (Review of Higher Education, Spring 2017) [Full-text Available]

* First Year Community College Students' Perceptions of and Attitudes Toward Intrusive Academic Advising, by Paul Donaldson, Lyle McKinney, Mimi Lee, and Diana Pino (NACADA Journal, 2016) 

Faculty Issues

How and Why Do Adjunct Instructors Affect Students' Academic Outcomes? Evidence from Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges, by Xiaotao Ran & Di Xu (CCRC, January 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Reconceptualizing a More Inclusive Faculty Engagement Model: Including and Engaging Part-time Faculty at Community Colleges, by Kathryn Thirolf (Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2017) [Full-text Available]

* Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement, an Achieving the Dream Initiative(CCRC/ATD, 2016-19) [Full-text Available]

The Relationship Between the Employment of Part-Time Faculty and Student Degree and/or Certificate Completion in Two-Year Community Colleges, by Hongwei Yu, Dale Campbell & Pilar Mendoza (Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2015) 

* “Dangerous Work”: Improving Conditions for Faculty of Color in the Community College, by John S. Levin, Adam Jackson-Boothby, Zachary Haberler & Laurencia Walker (Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2015)

Campus Climate Studies 

* Campus Climate Matters: Changing the Mental Health Climate on College Campuses Improves Student Outcomes and Benefits Society, by Bradley Stein et. al (RAND Research Briefs, 2016) [Full-text Available]

* Tracing LGBTQ Community College Students' Experiences, by Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, and Devika DibyaChoudhuri, (New Directions for Community Colleges, Summer 2016) [Full-text Available] 

* Examining the Complexity of the Campus Racial Climate at a Hispanic-Serving Community College, by M. Cuellar (Community College Review, 2016) [Full-text Available]

* In Our Own Voice: Campus Climate as a Mediating Factor in the Persistence of LGBT People in Higher Education, by Warren Blumenfeld, Genevieve N. Weber, and Susan Rankin (2016) [Full-text Available]

* Student Satisfaction and Success in a Low-Income Community College Environment, by Damon A. Bell, Cedrick D. Hackett, & John L. Hoffman (Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, Spring 2016) 

Climate for Learning and Students’ Openness to Diversity and Challenge: A Critical Role for Faculty, by Ryder, A. J., Reason, R. D., Mitchell, J. J., Gillon, K., & Hemer, K. M. (Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, October 2015).

* Call to Action: Embracing an Inclusive LGBTQ Culture on Community College Campuses, by Jason L. Taylor (New Directions for Community Colleges, Winter 2015) [Full-text Available]

* An Examination of Campus Climate for LGBTQ Community College Students, by Jason Garvey, Jason Taylor, and Susan Rankin (Community College Journal of Research and Practice, October 2014) [Full-text Available] 

*  The Role of Faculty, Counselors, and Support Programs on Latino/a Community College Students' Success and Intent to Persist, by Esau Tovar (Community College Review, Fall 2014) [Full-text Available]

Community College Quality

*  The Promises and Pitfalls of Measuring Community College Quality in California, by Michal Kurlaender, Scott Carrell, & Jacob Jackson (RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2016) [Full-text Available]

Student Engagement and Institutional Graduation Rates: Identifying High-Impact Educational Practices for Community Colleges Derek V. Price & Tovar (Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2015)

* Classifying California Community Colleges Based on Students' Patterns of Use, by Peter Riley Bahr (Research in Higher Education, 2013) [Full-text Available]




Recommended References

This section contains key references for further analysis and will evolve during the 2016-17 academic and reporting year. 

Academic Quality, Assessment, Outcomes, and Institutional Effectiveness References

Achieving the Dream (ATD) References

Institutional Planning and Research Associations

RP Group Reference Studies 

Strategic Planning References

Institutional Effectiveness

Contact Us

Jenni Abbott
Dean, Institutional Effectiveness
Phone: (209) 575-7795

Scott Kerlin, Ph.D.  
Director, College Research
Phone: (209) 575-6727 

James Palmer, MBA
College Research Analyst
Phone: (209) 575-6220


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