Answers to commonly asked questions about participating in the
CE Employment Outcomes Survey.

Who should I contact for more information about CTEOS?
See contact information on the Staff page

How do I sign up?
The financial costs of the survey are already covered by the Chancellor's Office.

Which questions are included in the survey?

Click here to see the codebook

Is there any way of having a good idea of the costs prior to signing up?
There is no cost to participate in the survey this year.  

When do you anticipate the colleges needing to provide the student contact lists?
In December, Santa Rosa Junior College will provide a data file with student names and social security numbers, which the institution will use to generate contact information for each student. The sooner you submit your student contact information, the more time we can spend surveying your students, thereby increasing your college's response rates.

When will the surveys be conducted?

  • The email surveys will be conducted by the end of February.
  • The sms surveys will be conducted by the end of April.
  • The phone surveys will be conducted by the end of July.
  • Individualized reports will be given to the colleges by the end of August. 
  • By the end of September, we will provide colleges with individual detailed data sets, and will provide a complete statewide data file to the Chancellor’s Office for inclusion in the online CE Data Unlocked tool.

Who will be included in the survey?
In general, the cohort of students will include former CE students who met the following criteria and stopped taking courses at the college approximately 1.5 to 2 years prior to the current survey year. The cohort includes:

  1. Completers: Have received a vocational/CE award that is Chancellor’s Office approved and enroll in 0-5 units each semester the next year (not enrolled or only minimally enrolled).
  2. Terminal Certificates: Received a vocational/CE award of at least 6 units that is not Chancellor’s Office approved (such as certificates with less than 12 units) and are not enrolled the following year.
  3. Skills Builders: Have completed 9 units that are SAM coded A-D, with at least one course SAM coded A-C (within the prior 3 years), have not received a vocational/CE award of 6 or more units, and are not enrolled the following year.

How is this different from the pilot survey?
In the pilot year, we only included students who were CE concentrators with 12 units or more in a program. The refined methodology allows us to better understand outcomes for students who may be benefitting from taking a smaller number of courses and who appear to have completed their course-taking, whether or not they received a credential from a community college. Thus, the survey is shifting from identifying "completers" and "leavers" related to certificates and degrees, and instead is looking at outcomes for a broader range of student course-taking patterns. You can read more about why capturing lower-unit certificates may be important for CE programs here.