The RP Group works from the bottom up, the top down and through the middle—bolstering college-level efforts as well as offering insights that can yield system-wide transformation. Our services are conducted by community college practitioners, emphasize student perspectives and focus on helping educators make use of project results. Ultimately, we aim for our research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects to contribute to strengthening success for all students at the local, regional and state levels. Find out more about our work by exploring the topic areas below. 


Research on facilitating and accelerating student progress to college-level coursework including the Multiple Measures Assessment Project, the California Acceleration Project Evaluation, and Basic Skills as a Foundation for Success in the California Community Colleges (known as the “Poppy Copy”).

Research and evaluation that examines the effectiveness and impact of new and existing practices and offers tools aimed to improve student success including the Dual Enrollment Toolkit and Academy for College Excellence (ACE) Adoption Guides.

Research on topics of increasing importance in the community college environment including Student Support (Re)defined and Completion by Design.

Research on ways to strengthen the success of all students including the EOPS Impact Study and Serving Foster Youth in California Community Colleges Project.

Evaluation of initiatives designed to advance the effectiveness of the entire California Community College system including the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Common Assessment, Education Planning​, Online Education, and Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiatives. 

Research and evaluation that examines efforts to understand and increase student transfer to baccalaureate-level institutions including the Student Transfer in Professional Pathways Project and the Transfer Velocity Project.

Assessment of initiatives to improve student entry into the workforce such as the Long Beach City College (LBCC) Alternative Pathways to Engineering Evaluation and the Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) Bridge Project Evaluation and tools designed to understand the impact of educational programming on students’ employment and wages including the CTE Data Launchboard and the CTE Employment Outcomes Survey.

Alphabetical listing of all RP Group projects.