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Library Services, MyPath Projects Win Statewide Tech Awards

March 20, 2020

Library Services, MyPath win 2020 tech awardsTwo high-profile projects of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Technology Center - the Library Services Platform (LSP) and CCC MyPath student onboarding tool - have recently been named as recipients of prestigious awards that recognize achievements in technology used to enhance higher education in California.

The LSP project received the CCC Chancellor’s Office Technology Focus Award, which highlights projects within California’s community college system that “solve significant problems to the benefit of students, staff and/or faculty.” The annual award was presented to the LSP project at the 2020 CISOA Technology Summit in Monterey, Calif., on March 2.

The CCC MyPath student services platform was recognized with CENIC’s Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications. CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, bestows the award each year to highlight “exemplary innovations that leverage ultra-high bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to transform the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.” The award was to be presented at the “CENIC 2020: The Right Connection” conference in March. However, that event was cancelled as a safety precaution due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Unprecedented Statewide Participation

The LSP project has quickly garnered widespread support throughout the community college system. In January, the project successfully transitioned an unprecedented single-year cohort of 110 participating California community college libraries to a unified resource management system, based on Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo library management software.

“Sometimes it’s hard to digest that the California Community Colleges LSP project is the largest Ex Libris consortium and still managed to go live in less than one year,” said Amy Beadle, Statewide Program Manager for the LSP project.

The cloud-based platform gives students throughout the system greater and more equitable access to library resources, furthering the CCC Vision for Success, a multi-year plan designed to substantially increase transfer and graduation rates. Moreover, by positioning all CCC libraries to provide the fullest range of information resources to support instruction across all disciplines, programs, and modalities of instruction, while realizing significant reductions in operating costs, the LSP project is a strong example of the benefits and value of adopting a systemwide approach and solution for operational and programmatic needs shared throughout the system.

The project is a collaboration of the Chancellor’s Office and the Technology Center, in close partnership with the Council of Chief Librarians for the California Community Colleges.

‘A Model for Higher Education Institutions’

Students walking on a pathwayMeanwhile, CENIC announced it has selected the California Community Colleges as the recipient of the 2020 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications in recognition of the CCC MyPath online student services platform, which helps millions of students seamlessly navigate through their educational journeys. Project leaders being recognized are: Mike Caruso, MyPath Product Owner, CCC Technology Center; Jennifer Coleman, Statewide Programs Director, CCC Technology Center; Barney Gomez, Vice Chancellor, Digital Innovation and Infrastructure, CCC Chancellor’s Office; and Rhonda Mohr, Vice Chancellor, Student Services and Special Programs, CCC Chancellor’s Office.

MyPath is a customizable, guided pathway onboarding tool that provides information and resources to incoming students and bridges the gap between online applications and a college’s local systems. With its integrated relationship to CCCApply, the systemwide online application for all California community colleges, MyPath sources information from each local community college, simplifies it, and provides students with an individually tailored and structured educational pathway from the time of application to graduation.

The MyPath tool is supported and facilitated by CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN), which provides robust internet service and facilitates data exchange between all of the community colleges throughout the state.

“MyPath is a model for higher education institutions that wish to implement far-reaching and high-impact technology strategies,” said CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox. “By empowering students and local colleges with streamlined access to educational pathways, California Community Colleges are facilitating student success and ensuring that California’s workforce remains competitive.”

As of February, 45 California community colleges have adopted MyPath, including all 9 within the Los Angeles Community College District. Of these 45 colleges, 26 were live, while another 19 were in the process of deploying the platform for their students. Metrics from Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., showed that 84 percent of all incoming applicants from July to September 2019 engaged in the MyPath onboarding experience, while Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif., showed rates of 75 percent. These percentages indicate that students were highly engaged during application and enrollment period, a time that typically shows a significant decrease between the number of students that apply and those that enroll.

Congratulations to the LSP and MyPath project teams!