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Office of Institutional Effectiveness

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Welcome To The Office of Institutional Effectiveness!

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) is responsible for conducting institutional research and developing information in support of institutional accountability, institutional assessment, unit assessment, planning, accreditation, and grant development.


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On September 24, 2010, Assembly Bill (AB) 2086 was chaptered into California law. This bill amends Section 69432.7 of the California Education Code that redefines "qualifying institution" for purposes of the Cal Grant Program. This bill requires Cal Grant participating institutions to provide information on where to access California license examination passage rates for graduates of certain undergraduate programs if that data is electronically available through the Internet Web site of a California licensing or regulatory agency. This change became effective on January 1, 2011.

Passage rates provided must be for the most recent available year and be for graduates of its undergraduate programs leading to employment for which passage of a California licensing examination is required. This law does not require institutions to calculate and publish rates, but they must provide a link to the appropriate California licensing or regulatory agency that does.

Los Angeles Southwest College is in compliance with the requirements of AB 2086.  See program information below for license examination pass rates for LASC academic programs.  Data will continue to be updated as California licensing and/or regulatory agencies make the information electronically available.

Registered Nursing Program

Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Southwest, a student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).  Once passed, the student becomes a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of California.

NCLEX Examination Pass Rates are found at the CA Board of Registered Nursing 

California License Examination Passage Rates

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative

SB 852 and SB 860

Background: Recently enacted legislation established a new system of indicators and goals that is intended to encourage improvement in institutional effectiveness at California community colleges. Pursuant to Education Code section 84754.6, the Board of Governors (BOG) adopted a goals framework at its March 16, 2015 meeting to measure the ongoing condition of a community college’s operational environment (see attached Consultation Digest and BOG Item). 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, it requires that the Chancellor post by June 30, 2015, and before each fiscal year thereafter, the annually developed system-wide goals adopted by the BOG, and locally developed and adopted college/district goals. (Excerpt from Acting Chancellor Memo)

Purpose and Mission: The Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative is a collaborative effort to help colleges and districts improve their fiscal and operational effectiveness and promote student success, while also reducing accreditation sanctions and audit findings. An important focus of the program is to draw on expertise and innovation from colleges and districts in advancing best practices and avoiding potential pitfalls. The catalyst for this effort has been the student success movement and the implementation of evidence-based strategies shown to improve educational outcomes for students whether their goal is earning a degree or certificate, career advancement or transfer. (IEPI Information Sheet)

Developing and Adopting the Goals Framework: During this first year, each college should adopt the framework of indicators approved by the BOG and colleges/districts adopt at least one goal for each of the following four areas:
1) Student performance and outcomes: Course Completion Rate
2) Accreditation status: Accreditation Status
3) Fiscal viability: Fund Balance
4) Compliance with State/Federal guidelines: Overall Audit Opinion

The process that a college uses to adopt the goals framework and college goals should be locally determined, but colleges are encouraged to ensure that all appropriate constituency groups (e.g. academic senate, classified staff, student senate, etc.) are engaged, consistent with their college’s collegial consultation process.

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative

Year 3 Goals Framework: 2017-18

Los Angeles Southwest College



Los Angeles Southwest College


Short-Term: 1 year

Long-Term: 6 years

Accreditation Status1

Fully Accredited - Reaffirmed

Fully Accredited - No Action

Successful Course

Completion Rate2



*Required College Choice: Choose one student achievement measure and set goals*

Remedial Rate: Math3



**Optional College Choice: Self identify any one indicator and provide a narrative of the result**

Remedial Rate: English3



Los Angeles Community College District


Short-Term: 1 year

Long-Term: 6 years

Fund Balance



 Audit  Findings

 Audit Opinion Financial  Statement



 State Compliance



 Federal Award / Compliance



Based on ACCJC status as reported at https//

2, 3 Based on previous years data provided by CCCCO Datamart and populated at https//

More information about the Institutional Effectiveness Goals Framework can be found at the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Website: IEPI

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Conducting Research At Our Campus

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) recognizes the important role of research as a method for building knowledge, as a means to understanding various issues, and as an approach to enhancing the services we provide to students. Because of this, we thank you for your interest in conducting research here. Our employees and students, as well external researchers, may be permitted to conduct research at the District providing that their work meets a certain standard of integrity, aligns with District’s mission and vision, and demonstrates a clear benefit to the District. To meet these criteria, the researcher must complete the following steps:

1. Complete Required Human Subjects Research Training

2. Obtain Institutional Approval

3. Submit an IRB Application

4. Maintain Research Protocol

STEP 1: Complete Required Human Subjects Research Training

Anyone wishing to conduct research within the District must complete Human Subjects Research Training. The training provides information about issues that may arise in the context of conducting research, with a focus on the protection of human subjects. The training is provided by CITI Program. Please go to the website, register as an affiliate of the “Los Angeles Community College District” organization, and create a username and password. Enroll in and complete the training; you are not required to complete the modules in one sitting and your progress will be saved as long as you use your login information. If you are uncertain about whether you need to complete this training, please contact the college research office or LACCD IRB at Once this requirement is completed, you may proceed to step 2.

STEP 2: Obtain Institutional Approval

To obtain approval to conduct your investigation, you must complete the research review process conducted by College Institutional Effectiveness Office or the District Research Committee (DRC), if research is proposed across more than one LACCD campus. The purpose of this review process is to ensure that the proposed research meets a certain standard of integrity (e.g., having a clear research question, sound research design, appropriate methodology, etc.), is aligned with the District’s mission and vision, and demonstrates a clear benefit to the District.

Please note that this step, obtaining institutional approval, does not require the District to allow you access to their resources, nor does it negate the rights of subjects to decline participation. Approval from the College or DRC does mean that your proposal is methodologically sound and is likely to yield benefits to the District that outweigh any cost in resources.

The research review process entails determining the level of review that is required for your project and completing an application. There are resources available on the LACCD IRB Page and on the website for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to help you make a determination whether an activity is considered research or if the human subject research is eligible for Exemption. If you are unsure, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness on your campus or the IRB office. Once you determine the level of review, complete the appropriate application (either “LACCD APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM IRB REVIEW” or “LACCD APPLICATION FOR EXPEDITED AND FULL IRB REVIEW”). Submit the IRB application to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness on your campus and they will do an initial review of the application. If the proposal is approved, the campus will complete the “Institutional Approval” form and you may proceed to step 3.

STEP 3: Submit an IRB Application

The IRB application, along with supporting documents, may be submitted electronically to the IRB office at Depending on the level of review required, the application will be reviewed by the full committee or by an IRB representative.

The IRB will be responsible for reviewing proposed research projects that involve the use of human subjects; ensuring that the individuals involved in the project are treated ethically; ensure that all subjects are provided with substantial information about the study and consent to be a subject in the study, and ensuring that all private information will be handled with confidentiality. Specifically, the IRB is charged with evaluating each project’s compliance with ethical standards in regard to issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, and any risk to the participants (i.e., 45 CFR 46 (the Common Rule) and the principles of the Belmont Report).

Once the application is reviewed, the primary investigator will be notified electronically regarding the disposition of their application. The research may only be conducted once IRB approval has been obtained.

STEP 4: Maintain Research Protocol

Once your IRB application has been approved, your research protocol is valid for one year. Researchers are responsible for maintaining their research protocol current; this is accomplished by submitting necessary updates and forms to the IRB, such as an Amendment Application if an investigator wants to make changes to the already approved research protocol or an Adverse Event Reporting Form in case an adverse event occurs. If you wish to continue your research after this time frame, you will need to submit the Continuing Review Application to renew the research protocol for another year. Once your research has concluded, researchers are also asked to submit a Final Report Form that delineates information about your study and its findings.