We harness the power of research, data analytics, and accountability to shape a brighter future for all students.

The Research and Data Analytics Unit provides support to the Chancellor's Office and individual colleges to improve student success, facilitate transfer and career technical education, and close equity gaps. We help California Community Colleges staff to make better evidence-based decisions and drive continuous improvement to meet the goals of Vision 2030 through data analysis, research, program evaluation, and visualization.

Our team works to build a culture of data-informed decision making across the Chancellor’s Office and monitor state-wide goals for community college student success. We strive to ensure students from all backgrounds achieve their full potential. Our division is responsible for the following: 

  • Program Evaluation

    Provide research and evaluation leadership of program effectiveness to support systemwide decision-making and inquiry.
  • System Performance

    Monitor system, district and college performance to inform strategies that will help the system achieve equitable student outcomes set out in Vision 2030.
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    Research and Analytics

    Conduct research and analysis to ensure the Chancellor's Office understands student, college and system performance including disaggregating data to identify equity gaps in outcomes across groups of students and regions.
  • Data Snapshot

    Get information on student demographics, programs, financial aid, developmental education reform, system employees and governance.

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Key Resources


See accountability resources that help colleges better support students and advance the strategies outlined in the Vision 2030.

Resources for Researchers

Gain a comprehensive picture of how California's 116 community colleges are preparing students to succeed. Learn about three primary information portals and additional resources for researchers.

Data for College Professionals

Explore tools and data for college professionals to learn about student success, degrees, certificates, workforce options and more.

  •  John J. Hetts, PhD

    John J. Hetts, PhD

    Executive Vice Chancellor for the Office of Innovation, Data, Evidence and Analytics Office

    As executive vice chancellor of the Office of Innovation, Data, Evidence and Analytics, John J. Hetts, PhD, leads the development and delivery of information technology and security services, student-centered technology-focused initiatives, and evidence-based reporting and evaluation.

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  • Valerie Lundy-Wagner

    Valerie Lundy-Wagner, PhD

    Vice Chancellor of Digital Innovation and Infrastructure

    As vice chancellor of the Digital Innovation and Infrastructure Division, Valerie Lundy-Wagner, PhD, oversees technology and research for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and leads a variety of internal and external initiatives overseeing information technology systems, implementation of system-wide technology investments and application of research into evidence-based policy.

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  • Erik Cooper

    Erik Cooper, EdD

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Data, Visualization, and Research 

    As the assistant vice chancellor for Research, Visualization, and Analytics, Erik Cooper, EdD, will help lead the development, implementation, visualization and support of systemwide research and data.

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The Chancellor's Office is pleased to work with external individuals, agencies and organizations interested in conducting research on California Community College students or the system. However, due to capacity constraints, requestors seeking access to individual-level data should be prepared for the execution of MOUs to take at least 6 months. As such, we do not recommend requestors seek restricted data for theses, dissertations or other time-sensitive efforts. Please send inquiries to Research@CCCCO.edu.

Member Role
Allison Beer Research Data Manager
Shuai Li Research Data Specialist II
Ruth Latendorf Research Data Specialist II
Christopher Ozuna Research Data Specialist II
Rachel Zhou Research Data Specialist II
Humza Choudry Research Data Specialist I
Rujun Yang Research Data Specialist I