Legislation enacted in 2014 established a new system of indicators and goals that is intended to encourage improvement in institutional effectiveness (IE) at California community colleges. Pursuant to Education Code section 84754.6, the Board of Governors (BOG) adopted the Year-Two goals framework at its November 16, 2015 meeting to measure the ongoing condition of a community college’s operational environment (BOG Item 2.13 ). This statute also requires that, as a condition of receipt of Student Success and Support Program funds, each college develop, adopt and post a goals framework that addresses, at a minimum, the following four areas: student performance and outcomes, accreditation status, fiscal viability, and programmatic compliance with state and federal guidelines. In addition, for Year Two districts are to set short- and long-term goals for state and federal audit findings, and colleges are required to set a goal related to basic skills/underprepared students. By June 30 of each year, the Chancellor’s Office will post the annually developed system wide goals adopted by the BOG (i.e. System Scorecard Goals), and locally developed and adopted college/district goals.
In additional to the short and long term goals required by IEPI legislation, Federal education code and ACCJC accreditation standards required all California community colleges to establish institution set standards for seven student achievement measures: completion (course, degree, certificate and transfer), term-to-term persistence, licensure passage rates and gainful employment. The ACCJC defines institution-set standards as: "Performance metrics and measures set by institutions for student achievement, both in individual programs and for institution-wide student achievement. Both the definition and the level of expected performance are appropriate for assessing achievement of institutional mission, for determining actions of improvement, and for analyzing institutional results in the context of higher education. Institutions assess student performance against locally set standards in order to determine institutional effectiveness and academic quality and to inform planning and action for continuous improvement." Institution-set standards are used in Harbor's Unit Planning process.