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 GWC Facts

Contact the research office if you would like a copy of the latest GWC Quick Facts and Scorecard posters. 

Golden West College Quick Facts is a one-page visual infographic to present data on enrollment, student characteristics, special programs, awards and transfer volume, tuition, financial aid, and college staffing.  Quick Facts are updated every fall semester and includes information from the previous academic year.
GWC Quick Facts 2020-2021
GWC Quick Facts 2019-2020
GWC Quick Facts 2018-2020
GWC Quick Facts 2017-2018
GWC Quick Facts 2016-2017
GWC Quick Facts 2015-2016
The Student Success Scorecard was established by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors as a performance measurement system that tracks student success at all 115 community colleges. The data provides an overview of how students are performing in remedial instruction, job training programs, retention of students and graduation and completion rates.

*2019 is the last Scorecard data available.
Current student metrics data can be found on Launch Board.

Scorecard 2019
Scorecard 2018
Scorecard 2017

Scorecard data was acquired online from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Student Success Scorecard website

Surveys and Research Projects

This section includes surveys that were administered by GWC's Office of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness or surveys that were administered in partnership with this office.

On September 12, 2014 Golden West College had its first All College Meeting with the purpose of using one day to plan for a year of success. The day was divided into two meetings: The morning meeting focused on updating the College on accreditation, campus safety, new student services and facilities, and strategies for student success. The afternoon meeting was dedicated to departments discussing student equity, educational planning, student learning outcomes planning, and/or strategic planning for the year. Since then, GWC had a total of four All College meetings, with two meetings during the 2016-17 academic year.

Below are the evaluations of GWC's All College Meetings.

2017 All College Evaluation
2016 All College Evaluation
2015 All College Evaluation
2014 All College Evaluation

In an effort to provide information on employment outcomes for students who have participated in career technical education (CTE) programs at California community colleges—including whether students became employed within their field of study, if their community college coursework positively affected their earning potential, and why students dropped out of CTE programs—the RP Group partnered with the Bay Area Community College Consortium and practitioners from around the state to develop a universally available survey methodology.

Golden West College Results

CTE Employment Outcome Survey - GWC 2020
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - GWC 2018
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - GWC 2017
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - GWC 2016
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - GWC 2015
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - GWC 2014

Statewide Results

CTE Employment Outcome Survey - Statewide 2018
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - Statewide 2017
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - Statewide 2016
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - Statewide 2015
CTE Employment Outcome Survey - Statewide 2014

Students from Golden West College (GWC) participated in the Spring 2016 National College Health Assessment, a national survey administered by the American College Health Association to thousands of college students across the country each year. The survey is designed to provide college administrators, counselors, health instructors, and college health service providers with detailed data on their students’ habits, behaviors and perceptions on health-related issues.

College Health Survey Summary, Spring 2016

The Committee Effectiveness Self-Evaluation Survey was sent out to GWC faculty, staff, and students serving on campus committees to evaluate all committees in which they are a member of in the 2015-2016 academic year. The questions on the survey asked committee members their meeting attendance and which statement they felt best described the committee they were evaluating from the following categories: results achieved by the committee, ownership/morale, clarity of committee’s charges and mission, team processes, communication, leadership sharing, administrative support, and structure of the committee.

Spring 2016 Committee Effectiveness Self-Evaluation Survey

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is a nation-wide research initiative out of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. CCSSE provides campuses with information on student engagement, a key indicator of learning and, therefore, of the quality of community colleges. The survey, administered to students, asks questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and student retention. The questions are grouped into five themes, also known as benchmarks.

• Active and Collaborative Learning: Includes items that capture the extent to which students have opportunities to think about and apply what they are learning in different settings.
• Student Effort: Includes items that capture how frequently students engage in a number of activities important to their learning and success (e.g., coming to class prepared, completing multiple drafts of papers, using computer labs).
• Academic Challenge: Includes items that address the nature and amount of assigned academic work, the complexity of cognitive tasks presented to students, and the standards faculty members use to evaluate student performance.
• Student-Faculty Interaction: Includes items that assess how often students have the opportunity to interact with faculty at the college in meaningful ways.
• Support for Learners: Includes items that assess students’ perceptions of support services targeted to assist them with academic and career planning, academic skill development, and other areas that may affect learning and retention.

Since spring 2011, Golden West College (GWC) has administered the CCSSE three times: Spring 2011, Spring 2014, and Spring 2016. The next time that GWC will participate in CCSSE is spring 2018. The benchmark scores provided by CCSSE are incorporated into GWC’s Key Performance Indicators for program planning. Below is an overall comparison of GWC’s CCSSE scores over the last three survey administrations. For more information regarding each survey administration, please select the respective links.

Benchmark Report

Spring 2016 - CCSSE Benchmark Report
Spring 2014 - CCSSE Benchmark Report
Spring 2011 - CCSSE Benchmark Report

CCSSE Benchmark Bar Chart Comparison of 2011, 2014, 2016
CCSSE Custom Questions Report
In addition to the five benchmark question themes that are included in the CCSSE survey, GWC also added custom questions to the survey on topics and issues that are specific to students at GWC. The reports below are key findings from these custom questions.

Spring 2016 - CCSSE Custom Questions Report
Spring 2014 - CCSSE Custom Questions Report

This is a tailored report containing GWC students’ voting rates for 2020. This report comes from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE), creators of the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, or NSLVE. IDHE is located at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life.

IDHE’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE, pronounced n-solve) is the nation’s largest study of college and university student voting. Institutions must opt-in to the study, and at this time, nearly 1,200 campuses of all types—community colleges, research universities, minority-serving and women’s colleges, state universities, and private institutions—participate. The dataset reflects all 50 states and the District of Columbia and includes 49 of the nation’s 50 flagship schools. IDHE uses de-identified student records to ensure student privacy. The 2020 dataset is robust with 8,880,700 voting-eligible students representing 1,051 colleges and universities.

This report contains three years of relevant top line data: 2016, 2018, and 2020. The data was disaggregate by race/ethnicity and age group to better identify and address gaps in participation.

National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement Report - 2020
The End of the Semester Survey was administered to 3,087 students who were enrolled in 6 units or more during the Spring 2017 semester but have no more than 30 units earned, to help GWC get an idea of areas of strength as well as opportunities to improve.

End of Semester Survey, Spring 2017

The Personal Assessment of College Environment (PACE) survey is designed to obtain college employees perception of campus climate and provide the college with different data points to promote more open and constructive communication among faculty, staff, and administrators. Questions from PACE survey are categorized into four climate factors that impact student success and institutional effectiveness: Institutional Structure, Supervisory Relationships, Teamwork, and Student Focus (Figure 1). In partnership with the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE), GWC administered the PACE survey during late fall 2014 and late fall 2016. Results from the PACE survey have led to many discussions on institutional effectiveness and changes, including moving the college from a 2-VP model to a unique 3-VP model that integrates different aspects of the colleges (instruction, student services, and administrative services). For more information, please select from the following executive summaries.

2020 PACE Report

2018 PACE Report

2016 PACE Report

2014 PACE Report

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (iSLO) Survey

This iSLO survey was completed by GWC alumni who graduated between 2012 and 2017. The survey focused on the knowledge that students gained during their time at GWC.

2018 iSLO Survey Inforgraphic

Student Learning Dialogue Survey

The Student Learning Dialogue Survey was designed to get feedback from Golden West College faculty on their experiences with student learning.

Spring 2015 - Student Learning Dialogue Report
Fall 2014 - Student Learning Dialogue Report
Spring 2014 - Student Learning Dialogue Report
Fall 2013 - Student Learning Dialogue Report

The GWC Chromebook Loan Program is a program supported by Student Equity funds that allows students to borrow Chromebook laptops to help them with their educational endeavors. Various programs offer this Chromebook Loan program to its students. This report includes the responses from 82 students who borrowed Chromebook laptops between May 9th, 2016 and December 13th, 2018.

Chromebook Loan Program Survey

At the end of the Fall 2018 semester, students who were enrolled in one or more classes at Golden West College were invited to participate in a Student Satisfaction Survey. The purpose of this survey was to gather feedback from student regarding their experiences at Golden West College. Survey questions were grouped into the following categories: Overall student experience, students’ profiles, experience with student support services and food services, evening student experience, and hanging out on campus. One hundred and eighty-six students responded to the survey. Feedback from the 186 students who completed the Student Satisfaction Survey are included in this report.

Fall 2018 Student Satisfaction Survey Report

Fall 2018 Student Satisfaction Survey Presentation

During the beginning of Fall 2018 semester Golden West College students received a survey about their experiences at the beginning of the semester including Welcome Day, Welcome Week and other aspects about their experience at GWC. The responses of the 671 students that participated in this survey are included in this report.

Fall 2018 Start of Semester Survey Report

During the Fall 2018 semester students were asked to share their experience utilizing different resources and services offered by the Golden West College Library. The findings from the 89 students that responded to the survey are included in this report. The number of responses is included at the end of the question/ statement.

Fall 2018 Student Survey on Library Services Report

During the Spring 2019 semester a survey was administered to Golden West College Faculty to help the Library department learn about faculty member’s experiences using the various resources and services that the Library offers. The responses from this survey will be used to improve library resources and services for faculty. The responses from the 72 faculty members that completed the survey are included in this report. This report includes respondent’s teaching status and length of time teaching, responses regarding meeting student’s needs, Library services levels of satisfaction, Library Usage and open comments.

Fall 2018 Faculty Survey on Library Services Report

This section includes projects conducted by GWC's Office of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness or conducted in partnership with this office.
Golden West College is currently participating in the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP), a collaborative effort led by the Research and Planning Group and Educational Results Partnerships’ Cal-PASS Plus and is an integrated effort of the California Community College’s Common Assessment Initiative (CAI).

As part of MMAP, incoming first-year students are placed into math, English or English as a Second Language courses based on a combination of their high school grade point average and performances in key high school courses compared to traditional placement, which was based on placement test sores.

Click here to read about GWC's MMAP pilot project:

MMAP summary, Fall 2016

For more information on the Multiple Measures Assessment Project:

Research and Planning Group MMAP Site
Common Assessment Initiative Site

During the Spring 2018 semester the Office of Institutional Effectiveness conducted three focus groups with College Success classes to learn about students experiences and exposure to Open Educational Resources or “Zero-Cost Textbook Courses”. The findings from these three focus groups are included in this report.

Click here to read about GWC's OER focus groups report:

OER Focus Groups Report, Spring 2018

The #REALCollege survey is the nation's largest annual assessment of basic needs security among students. Survey specifically evaluates access to affordable food and housing. This survey was conducted in Fall 2018 with 123 two- and four- year institutions across the United States with nearly 86,000 participants. Golden West College was one of the participating institutions. 11,600 GWC Fall 2018 students were invited to participate in the survey. A total of 331 students participated in this survey. The overall and GWC specific findings are included in this presentation.

GWC Fall 2018 Basic Needs Survey Presentation

Presentation focusing on the use of mix-methods research to capture Golden West College students' experiences utilizing various resources throughout campus. This presentation was done in collaboration with The RP Group and AIR.

AIR Presentation- GWC Student Voices

Independent Research at GWC, Internal Research Review Board (IRRB)

From time to time, members of Golden West College have received requests wishing to conduct research on campus involving GWC employees or students. In an effort to ensure that study participants are fully aware of the nature of the research, their rights are protected, and that the research aligns with the mission, vision, values and strategic goals of Golden West College, this Internal Research Review Board Form and process is established to protect class time, employee and student rights, and college liability.

The following guidelines apply to all external research projects involving Golden West College. An external research project is defined as: "any research project or study which is outside the normal day-to-day operations of Golden West College." A typical example of an external research project is one conducted by a masters or doctoral student who wishes to ask GWC students or employees to participate in a study. Examples of normal day-to-day operations include program reviews, program evaluations, all forms of outcomes assessments, and projects which are part of a GWC course.
Anyone - employees, students or external persons - who wishes to initiate an external research project must secure permission through completing the Internal Research Review Board Form. All campus constituents should forward any external research request to the Office of Research, Planning, Institutional Effectiveness (ORPIE). Members of the IRRB will review the application, discuss changes/implications with the principal investigator, and make final recommendations to the appropriate vice president and the College President. A copy of all research findings will be kept in the ORPIE.

GWC employees and students as well as external persons wishing to conduct on-campus research projects should be directed to Kay V. Nguyen, Ed.D., Administrative Director of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness at

Golden West College IRRB Application Form

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